Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Occupational therapy on the beach in the Bahamas!

I went on a cruise 2 weeks ago with my classmates and while at the beach we saw this beach wheelchair:

I've never seen such a chair and neither have my clasmates. However, we saw the cruise line staff transporting guests with disabilities from the beach to the boat in these chairs. I thought it was interesting to take a picture of these chairs for two reasons:

1. I've never seen such a chair and I just had to put a picture of it on my blog.

2. How innovative!!! Transporting someone around the beach in a manual or power wheelchair would use a lot of energy. I touched the wheels and they are made of rubber, just like a balloon but thicker and more durable. I pushed the chair and it rolls over the beach sand quite easily, almost as if it were rolling on air. So a chair such as this would decrease the friction from the sand, thus making transport easier.

See! You can find OT everywhere! Even at the beach in the Bahamas!


  1. Hi Kimberly, Nice blog! Karen Dobyns fwd me the link to it. You should also blog on AOTA's online community www.OTConnections.org ..check it out!

  2. Wow, I love the beach wheelchair! It's small things like that that impress me. :)

    Would you mind if I highlighted that in a blog post?
    -Brad (@SPOTonChicago)

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