New amphibious wheelchair to improve accessibility at Grotto Blue Flag beach

Physically disabled residents and visitors to the Grotto Blue Flag Beach can now spend time on the sand and dip their toes into the Atlantic, thanks to a brand new amphibious wheelchair designed specifically for beach use by the physically challenged.

This amphibious wheelchair has a sturdy aluminium frame and can carry a weight of up to 150 kg.

The chair is equipped with three wheels that are relatively wider than a traditional wheelchair to enable easy movement on the sand. It also has two flotation devices that also act as armrests and when pushed into the water, the chair becomes safely buoyant.

The wheelchair was generously donated to Overstrand by Wessa (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and the Ford Motor Company Fund.

It is available for use at Grotto Beach during the Blue Flag season (1 December - 31 March) during which lifeguards are on duty.

Overstrand Blue Flag co-ordinator, Lauren Rainbird, was overwhelmed with joy when WESSA and the Ford Motor Company Fund donated an amphibious wheelchair to the Grotto #Blue Flag Beach. Pictured here are left Rob Slater (Wessa's Blue Flag manager), Lauren Rainbird (Blue Flag co-ordinator for Overstrand), Dudu Nxele (Ford Wildlife Foundation), Richard Scholtz (Superintendent: Parks, Sportsfields and Beaches for Overstrand) and Linda du Plessis (Ford Wildlife Foundation).

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