How a Handboard Helped This Adaptive Athlete Embrace His Disability

How a Handboard Helped This Adaptive Athlete Embrace His Disability

The accident left him in a seven-day drug induced coma and little chance of surviving. “I can still see the ICU ceiling mashed with vague memories of family and friends visiting, combined with the strong urge to leave this place I felt I was trapped in,” Chris says. “Still not fully comprehending what actually had happened.

But, one of his deepest passions, riding waves, seemed inaccessible. “To be a good swimmer you really need two arms,” he explains. “My love for the ocean turned into something I both longed for and feared.

In 2010 a close friend saw Chris’ love for the ocean and recognized what it would take to make those dreams of swimming again a reality: swim fins for starters. “I can recall very vividly how we went out together after work in some typically harsh, windy and cold Cape conditions.

The ocean is known for its healing powers.  Doctors have prescribed sun and sea for centuries to restore man’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.  Chris Schmidt of South Africa is a firm believer in the healing powers of the sea.

Read more here: The Inertia

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