The Tide Rises When FINIS Supports Bacharach

The Tide Rises When FINIS Supports Bacharach

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

One of the most innovative aquatic therapy programs and open water swimming initiatives in the world is the Ocean Swimming & Prone Paddleboarding program for Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries. Becky McGill, Bruckner Chase, and Michelle Evans-Chase, together with the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital and the City of Upper Township help individuals with spinal cord injuries learn how to move through the water. They offer prone paddleboarding and swimming sessions to those who are confined by accident or injury.

John Mix of FINIS donated a good amount of products to the program to the delight of the participants and coach Bruckner Chase. “I am extremely grateful for FINIS’s contribution to the aquatic therapy program at the Bacharach Hospital. The therapy patients have the ability to move from recovery to active participation in our ongoing paddling and open water swimming program off the beaches of Upper Township.

For many of the patients at Bacharach, it can be a challenge to find ongoing activities that contribute to a higher quality of life. Bacharach, FINIS and I feel that the ocean waters can provide that quality of life for everyone. Whether swimming, paddling, kayaking or finding some other way into the ocean, we are excited that FINIS has joined the Ocean City Swim Club and Bacharach in creating a new group of watermen and waterwomen within our local communities
.”

The aquatic therapists were ecstatic to receive the donated FINIS equipment. “The minute they got their hands on the FINIS equipment, they started thinking way outside the box about how the various items could benefit various patients with a variety of physical challenges. I am extremely excited by the potential this engagement point creates to develop new lifelong swimmers beyond their prescribed therapy.”

Chase explains how the different FINIS products are used:

Foil Monofins allows those with limited use of their lower body to generate forward momentum, thus aiding balance in the water and strengthening their core.

Z2 Gold Zoomer Fins helps builds leg strength.

FINIS Agility Paddles are ideal for providing a little extra propulsion in the water aiding balance. Since there is no strap, they can easily drop the paddle by just opening their hand.

FINIS Swimmer’s Snorkel are for those who can not lift or rotate their head to breathe. They are able to focus on balance and moving forward without having to hold their breath.

Forearm Fulcrum Paddle help develop arm and shoulder strength while helping to better position the arms for forward motion. Efficiency in the entire stroke is critical when the swimmers have limited control over their lower body.

Bolster Paddles utilize the same idea as the Forearm Fulcrum paddles with added resistance.

Hydro Hip builds core strength for those who are swimming and even for those in very early therapy who are just walking through the water.

When open water swimmers can share their passion and ocean-going proficiencies with others, especially those who face physical challenges, the tide rises for everyone.

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