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6 Things You Need to Start Adaptive Fishing

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When you became a wheelchair user, did you give up on hobbies such as hunting or fishing?  In the accessibility industry, we have worked with many wheelchair users who believed activities such as fishing were now impossible.  It’s true that you may not be able to reel in the fish in the same way that you did growing up, but we’re here today to encourage you to get back on the lake and tackle your obstacles.  Here are 6 items you may need to get started:

  1. A Disabled Fishing License

For most states throughout the nation, those with disabilities can apply for an annual resident disabled fishing license.  You can find your state’s disabled fishing license application here: http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/fishing/disabled-fishing-licenses/

  1. Automated Caster

Depending on your upper body strength, you may enjoy this hands-free power caster which is push-button controlled to cast your line and reel in!

  1. Fishing Pole Holder for Wheelchair

You may simply need a sturdy fishing pole holder that easily attaches to any wheelchair or lawn chair.

  1. Strong Arm Fishing Pole Holder

For added support when holding your fishing pole, try the Strong Arm.

  1. Electric Reel

If reeling in the big catch is a tough task, check out the Elec-tra-mate Reel.  This product allows you to still set the drag, play the fish and feel the fight, but with a little help!

  1. Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Getting your wheelchair to the lake may also be a problem.  The portable wheelchair ramp can help you load your wheelchair into most vans and SUVs and then, help you out of the vehicle and well on your way to the pier or pontoon boat.

For those who don’t have access to a pontoon boat, just head out to the public lake with access pier.  Most public piers are now required to be ADA compliant with 8 feet of width to safely maneuver your wheelchair.

If you have any questions about how to use your portable wheelchair ramp from EZ-ACCESS or other product that may help you get out and enjoy the outdoors more, contact EZ-ACCESS today!

Adaptive Sports Opportunities in Washington State

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Are you involved in adaptive sports? Have you ever considered becoming part of a team or program? There are a lot of opportunities to try adaptive sports in Washington State, especially near Seattle. Joining an adaptive sports team or program, or even attending a day camp, can help you meet new people with similar interests, stay active and fit, create and work toward goals, build confidence, and find a sense of belonging within your team or group. EZ-ACCESS knows the power of getting out of the house and staying active when you’re disabled, so consider some of these fun options for adaptive sports to try this summer!
Footloose Sailing Association
This organization helps disabled individuals learn to sail and hosts events in the Seattle area. Upcoming events include the Day Sail at Leschi on July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Blake Island Overnight Camping Trip from 8 a.m. on July 26 to 4:30 p.m. on July 27. Learn more about their sailing events here.
Outdoors for All Foundation
If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this month, this is the organization for you! This organization offers summer programs and day camps in Washington for a wide range of activities, like horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, rafting, yoga, and water skiing. Check out their July calendar of events here.
Seattle Adaptive Sports
This program has competitive teams for wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, power wheelchair soccer, and track and field. Individuals that join these teams have opportunities to travel with the team and receive college scholarships for their abilities. Joining a sports team is a great way to develop your skills and work toward a team goal. Check out their calendar of July events here. There are even days to drop in and try basketball to see if you enjoy it. Check out EZ-ACCESS’s wheelchair and scooter accessories to make travel to and from practice easier!
If you’ve never tried adaptive sports or programs, now is the perfect time to start. There are programs for all ages and skill levels, so you can still remain competitive and active and have fun with sports this summer!