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    What do you do at the beach!

    Well I'm super close to the beach and I hate it because I can't do anything there!

    I can get there but then I'm kind of stuck. Also what do you do if you have to pee? I can swim but swimming in an ocean is much different than swimming in a pool because the waves constantly knock you over.

    I can just picture myself crawling to the ocean when I have to pee and then crawling back to my towel all gross and sandy hah.

    I use to be such a beach bum before and I loved it but it seems like its just hard to do now.
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    Which beach are you going to? Most have public restrooms where you can go to cath (or if you can pee, just do it in the water).

    Have you checked out the beach wheelchair loans near you? Oceanside has power beach wheelchairs so you don't even need any help pushing. Even though you walk, this can make it easier than trying to deal with braces or canes/crutches on uneven and unstable sand:

    http://www.coastal.ca.gov/access/bea....html#sandiego

    Try swimming in more protected areas. For example, some of the lagoons in north county have beaches, and are used by boaters. The same goes for Mission Bay in San Diego. The water is often calmer in the early morning as well, although that varies with the surf conditions. La Jolla Cove is relatively protected, although you do have to negotiate stairs to get to the water there. Get a noodle or other floation device to make you more stable in the water. Doesn't mean you are whimping out to do that and they are not expensive.

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    Thanks KLD. My friends are wanting to have a beach party for the 4th of july and they always go to Ponto by Carlsbad which doesn't have any board walk Maybe i can talk them into moving it. They offered to carry me but that gets old fast.
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    I can't sleep surprise surprise. But I've been thinking and I'm just going to wing it at the beach party. I think I'm going to buy a body board (my buddies body board as a hobby) and I never tried to swim in the ocean post-sci or body board yet but I figure if worse comes to worse one of my friends could save me if I went under and wasn't able to make it to shore underwater. When I swim in the pool I swim under the water, I can't stay above the water so this worries me a tad bit. But I can swim above the water for a few seconds to get a breath of air like a turtle and then go back down.

    Also if I have a body board I can still have fun out in the ocean with everyone and I can crawl to the ocean or walk with my crutches and then ditch them as I go into the water with the body board.

    If this works out I will be super excited because the beach was my favorite thing to do pre-sci. Heres one of me when I was at ocean city when I was 18, I need to get that dark again! I just bonged an absurd amount of alcohol in this picture thats why my face looks so happy ha





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    Have any of you body boarded? Are the body boards able to keep you out of the water so you can use your hands to move you or does your face still go under water? The body boards seem to only be big enough for your upper body, is there somthing bigger but not as big as a surf board? I'm not a large man child, about 5'5"
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    Like many things that were effortless pre-sci, your enjoyment of the beach will now require planning, patience, creativity and flexibility.

    For me, the hardest part is that I become dependent at the beach. Yes, my friends are always volunteering to haul me around - but...nah, thanks anyway. But you can walk to the water, then have one of your friends take your crutches to higher ground and then retrieve them when you crawl out of the water. Same thing works with a chair. Waves and current are tough getting in and out, but it's not too bad once you get enough depth to swim. I wear old sneakers in the water to protect my feet - but they make more stylish special purpose water shoes.

    Consider a flotation vest if you can't keep your head above water. I think they have some versions that aren't too bad to wear - but this might be a non-starter for you. Not beach god attire, but could make being in the water safer and a whole lot more fun.

    A lot of beaches have accessible restrooms. Pee accidents are easier to cover in a water environment.

    You will do fine. Have fun, good luck and have a happy Independence Day!
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    Thanks for the tips! I'll check out those jackets! Yah I figure if I really have to go and the water isn't near by I'll just tunnel under the sand like a small SCI'ed clam and pee.

    My friends of course will wonder where I went ... little do they know I'm urinating in the sandy depths of the earth. Then I'll reappear and crawl to the water like a baby turtle to clean up ha. The image of that made me giggle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee View Post
    Thanks for the tips! I'll check out those jackets! Yah I figure if I really have to go and the water isn't near by I'll just tunnel under the sand like a small SCI'ed clam and pee.

    My friends of course will wonder where I went ... little do they know I'm urinating in the sandy depths of the earth. Then I'll reappear and crawl to the water like a baby turtle to clean up ha. The image of that made me giggle.
    i'll always lived about 15 miles from va beach.
    before sci, we would skip school and go surf, wasn't any good but was fun wiping out, weekends just spent crusing the strip for chicks.
    think i've only been about 3 times since sci 31 years ago, just not interesting to me anymore
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    mr_coffee I could loan you one of my power beach chairs for the weekend if you promise not to pee in it. Give me a call and maybe we could set something up, my number's on the website in my sig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucec View Post
    i'll always lived about 15 miles from va beach.
    before sci, we would skip school and go surf, wasn't any good but was fun wiping out, weekends just spent crusing the strip for chicks.
    think i've only been about 3 times since sci 31 years ago, just not interesting to me anymore
    Couldn't agree more. We had some family with us for the past week, from the mid-west, and they were at the beach everyday and lovin' it. I can remember when I felt that way, and even had a quiet moment of reflection as I was getting my boards out for the cousins to use, but then I saw the wax and sand and crap still all over them and I remembered why I haven't been to a beach, (that I could walk to in less than 5 minutes), in almost 15 years. Aside from some travel and the Life Rolls On events I just couldn't care less. My cousins probably wonder why I sit in the middle of their corn field looking up at the stars for hours on end each night, when I'm visiting them. It's all relative, as they say.

    Mr. C. - If you're looking for something to do at the beach there's always "people" watching (and by "people" I mean hot chicks 7/8ths naked ). Or maybe that's a given for a beach trip.

    Of course, the power beach wheelchair sounds like loads more fun!
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    Welcome to CA....are you at PW? I read you were planning to go there. There are a few beach activities. Life rolls on and wheels 2 water are having events all summer at beaches in So CA...I don't know where they all are but you should check out their websites for an event calendar. www.liferollson.org and www.wheels2water.org Both orgs were created to help get SCI folks surfing again.They have volunteers to help out and they get everyone who wants to surf into the water. Also, not that far from Ponto (south) is Encinitas which has public restrooms...and this long deck/walkway that goes out onto the sand...that way your friends could set up near it and you would need minimal help to join them if you are walking with crutches...not easy but better than long distances in sand..of course (north) in Carlsbad there is Tamarack Beach with parking almost on the beach...another short venture to the sand and boardwalk...nothing is perfect...Have a great 4th!
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