Wheelchair Users Enjoy an Accessible Beach Experience in Goa

For the very first time in Goa, wheelchair users are able to enjoy a completely accessible experience and relish the simple joys of digging their feet in the sand and floating in the open sea, yet be in a safe and secure environment. Goa’s Candolim beach is presently hosting #BeachFest2017 where wheelchair users have come together to enjoy a beach experience, something they haven’t been able to do before.  The company has partnered with Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd who have put together a safety mechanism in place so that the visitors can feel safe and secure while on their visit to the beach.

Drishti has undertaken additional deployment of lifeguards apart from the 22 lifeguards already deployed at Candolim beach. A team of four dedicated lifeguards – two on shore and two on Jet skis – are accompanying every swimmer who will be using the exclusive floating wheelchair as it makes a trip into the waters. A team of additional lifeguards have been kept on standby. The floating wheelchair allows wheelchair users to enter the water and move around on the sand. The wheelchairs, imported from France, will be used for the very first time in India.

Yeshwant Holkar, CEO, UMOJA who has organised #BeachFest2017 said , “It was very important that our guests feel safe and secure while they embark on this enjoyable experience in the sea.  We are happy and feel secure that the heroes of Goa, Drishti’s lifeguards, will be on our side during this 10-day event. We have had tremendous support from Drishti to put in place this entire event.”


Drishti are also part of the core team who are working along with the Chennai based paraplegic swimmer Mohommad Shams Aalam Shaikh as he attempts a new world record in swimming while in Goa.

This article has not been edited by ItsGoa’s staff and is generated from a syndicated feed of a PR agency.

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