Hippocampe vs. Public Beach Wheelchair
Today, we’re gonna hit the beaches of Alameda with some adaptive beach wheelchairs.
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Alameda. This island nestled into the San Francisco Bay is home to scenic shorelines, quiet communities,
as well as The CIL’s newest office, which just opened this summer.
Just down the street is Robert Crown Memorial Beach, a recreation area with wildlife and sandy beaches.
For wheelchair users, however, visiting the beach isn’t always a relaxing experience.
Because of this, many parks throughout the country have made beach wheelchairs available to the public.
In the San Francisco Bay area alone,
beach wheelchairs are available to borrow at more than 20 different locations for no fee.
This variation is made by Natural Access,
and its design is very similar to what you would find at most public beaches.
Beach wheelchairs are always easy to spot.
With their large inflated tires, these chairs can roll effortlessly across even deep sand.
However, the chair was designed solely to be pushed from behind
and because of the buoyancy of the wheels, it isn’t safe to take into the water.
So, for an active wheelchair user, the Natural Access chair doesn’t allow for much independence.
The original concept for the beach wheelchair dates back to the early nineties,
which makes this design over 25 years old.
Despite the beach wheelchair’s simple, restrictive design,
it has become the standard option for beaches across the country.
This is the Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair, a product designed in France.
The Hippocampe comes with a handle across the back if someone would want to push you, but they don’t have to.
The Hippocampe functions the same as a standard wheelchair,
but its double-wheel design is able to roll over packed sand.
Deeper sand, however, might require some creative thinking.
But the most appealing feature of the Hippocampe is, by far, its water accessibility,
something that most beach wheelchairs lack.
With the Hippocampe, you’re able to roll into the water and swim out of the chair.
Meanwhile, the Hippocampe will float in the water and wait for your return.
Getting out of the water can be a bit tricky, but if all else fails,
You can get a tow from a friend.
Once you’re back on land though, watch out for the wet wheels becoming packed with sand.
So, the traditional beach wheelchair is great if you just want to soak up some sun and watch the waves,
which is what millions of people go to the beach every year to do.
And best of all, these chairs are available to rent at dozens of beaches across the country, usually for free.
But if you’re someone who is going to the beach looking to explore, get some exercise,
or maybe even go swimming, the Hippocampe might be worth looking into.
But whichever kind of beach-goer you are, there’s a wheelchair option for you.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, both of these chairs are available to borrow, free of charge,
from the Crab Cove Visitor Center at Robert Crown Memorial Beach here in Alameda.
For more information on that, check the description below.
For The CIL, I’m Rafael Siegel. We’ll see you next time on Power On.
- ACCESSIBILITY: 12" Balloon Tires roll easily over soft sand or rough surfaces.
- EASY ASSEMBLY: Unit Fully Assembled Weighs 48 lbs. and easily dissassembles to fit in a car trunk or SUV.
- QUALITY COMPONENTS: Made from Healthcare Grade PVC that will not rust or corrode, even in a saltwater environment. All hardare is stainless steel and aluminum.
- PIECE OF MIND: Quality Craftsmanship that comes with a 1 year warranty against any defects. 30 Day Return Policy.
- COMFORT: Mesh Seat and folding footrest provide a comfortable ride. Max weight Capacity: 250 lbs. Seat Dimensions 20" Wide, 20" Deep, 16" Tall.
Beach Wheelchair Review
When shopping for a beach wheelchair, it is important to first know how much weight the chair will be able to hold. Most beach wheelchairs can hold up to 500 pounds of weight and made of molded plastic or fiberglass.
It is important to check that the beach wheelchair will not harm the environment, especially if you are using the wheelchair while in the ocean or on the beach. Some people believe that plastic and fiberglass can be easily recycled, but this is not always the case. If you want to be sure that you are using a chair that does not damage the environment, you will want to make sure that you buy a beach wheelchair that is made of molded plastic.
Another thing to look for in a beach wheelchair is the ability to be locked. Many of these chairs can be locked so that you cannot access the chair until you are in the vehicle. Most beach wheelchairs will have a lock that is attached to the wheelchair so that you do not have to open the chair in order to access it.
If you are shopping for a wheelchair that will be in your trunk, you will want to check if the wheelchair can be locked. If it can be locked, it will be difficult to open the trunk if you are not familiar with how to open it. If you are not familiar with how to open the trunk, you may find that you have to open the wheel chair a little bit so that you can open the trunk.
The best beach wheelchair will also have a safety harness. If you have an accident on the beach or on the road, the safety harness will help to keep your body from being thrown around by the chair. The harness will help to keep your legs from hitting the ground when you are in an accident.
By choosing the right beach wheelchair, you will be able to enjoy your time on the beach or at the beach. You will be able to enjoy the beach or even go to a beach with the family and friends and have fun.
It is important to be careful when shopping for a beach wheelchair, especially when you are shopping online. If you do not do your homework, you may end up spending money on a product that does not work or that is not safe.
The most important thing is to get the best wheelchair that you can afford. You do not want to end up spending money on a product that is not safe or that does not work.
It looks like the wheels on a wheelchair are finally coming off of the ground in Sarasota. The City of Sarasota has long been a leader in creating handicap-accessible public places, including parks and museums, but now the wheels have been rolling on sidewalks and alleys for quite some time. Now, Sarasota County wants to change that, by offering free usage of strange-looking contraptions called floating wheelchairs at several area beaches beginning Thursday. Each beach will be home to at least one free-floating wheelchair, which anyone can rent by the day or week to use whenever they want.
Floaters are not your traditional wheelchair, nor are they your usual sandals. Instead, these so-called mobility chairs are constructed of waterproof vinyl material resembling most plastic toys except that they have no back or arm rests, and they are equipped with foot rests to keep you from tipping over. All you need to do, other than strap on the chair and get started is just to stand up. This is because the chair will stay upright thanks to the sturdy support of the sturdy metal back rest, and the sturdy foot rest. The chair will be filled with sand (because sand doesn’t sink) and you simply put your feet into the sand and push the chair into the water, where it will stay until you come to take it out again.
This new facility is meant to be a test run for a full year. Over nine hundred people have already signed up to borrow the chairs on the first beach – all while wearing their most comfortable beach wear, of course. If successful, this could soon become a regular thing at all of Sarasota’s beaches. If not, perhaps a large-scaledscaled floating wheelchair ramp will be installed to relieve traffic on the sand. Until then, those with special needs can enjoy the independence of the new technology in a safe and secure way.