I used to love to snorkel in my younger days. I have Multiple Sclerosis, and unfortunately the disease has progressed over the years, so I now use a power wheelchair. I am wondering if there is any kind of adapted snorkeling program anywhere in the world? Someone suggested that I use one of those water wheelchairs that float to get out in the ocean, then just hop out and snorkel. I’m thinking that I would be able to “hop out” ok, but there is no way I could ever hop back in the water wheelchair, even with assistance. Do you have any suggestions for me?
I totally agree with you, that hopping in and out of a water wheelchair is not a good solution. Additionally it could be very dangerous if you get fatigued while snorkeling.
On the plus side, I just learned of a great adaptive snorkeling device that is now available on the Riviera Maya. Developed by Guillermo Camarena, EZ Snorkel is made for non-swimmers and people with mobility issues. It consists of two pontoons, a motor, a removable chair and a viewer. You just transfer to the chair, and the staff will help you in the water. Then, you just lean forward and look through the viewer. And for added safety, you also wear a life vest.
It’s almost like having your own private glass bottom boat. And if you need assistance in the water, that’s available too. EZ Snorkel rental rates start at $40 per hour, and additional adaptations are available. Currently EZ Snorkel is offered at Akumal Bay and Xpu Ha Bay, but once the patent is approved, hopefully we will start seeing it everywhere. For more information, check out www.ezsnorkel.com