Seven-year-old Max Segui has an enormous smile on his face as his father carries him ashore at Barcelona’s Nova Icaria seaside after a splash within the sea.
Segui has cerebral palsy and makes use of a wheelchair, making seaside journeys tough, however at this time he’s utilizing a particular service run by the Barcelona metropolis corridor which has helped hundreds of disabled beachgoers.
It contains amphibious chairs, purpose-designed dressing rooms full with a lifting crane, and 9 specifically skilled lifeguards to assist customers entry the water and benefit from the waves.
“I can swim and play. They usually even have issues for folks to swim in, they gave me a life jacket, a floatie with a tube. Individuals who can’t stroll all the time come right here,” mentioned Segui.
Disabled man helped to swim within the Mediterranean sea, on Barcelona’s Nova Icaria Seashore. (Supply: Reuters)
Owing to the COVID-19 restrictions, swimmers must ebook forward to make use of the service, however they don’t appear to thoughts.
“It helps us lots as a result of in any other case I wouldn’t be capable of go right down to swim by myself,” mentioned Nati Gines, 58, who makes use of a full-leg prosthetic ashore and will get into the water in an amphibious chair, after which she is an unbiased swimmer.
“This manner they make it very straightforward for us … they’re beautiful, they’re very attentive.”
For the group, serving to folks to take a refreshing splash within the sea is rewarding.
“It provides us such satisfaction to see the look of happiness when the folks get within the sea. It makes all of it value whereas,” mentioned Gisela Ocampos, 36, group coordinator.
Luis Ferrer, 74, can stroll with crutches, however wants assist in the water.
“I need to really feel that I can do issues that I by no means thought I might do and I really feel a lot better for this. I can solely communicate wonders of the individuals who assist us,” he mentioned.