Lake Wyola in Shutesbury on a hot day as part of testing the Tiralo Beach Chair. Its a lounge chair on wheels, made in France, that does a nice job of not just getting people with physical limitations to the water's edge, but also into the water on a supportive frame that floats. Turns out to be a very stable and fun experience that anyone can appreciate!
The Tiralo has been around for awhile as a beach wheelchair product, but I'm not sure how much visibility or use it gets in the U.S. It is recommended for calm water, and vulnerable passengers should wear a personal flotation device. We purchased one a few years ago and finally took a test plunge with it. Very refreshing! To get one now is probably a special order for around $2500.
ATC 100 (shown below) for public use in Massachusetts State Parks. This 4 wheel PVC pipe chair is bulky but holds up well to the heavy use it gets on ocean beaches, as well as on small inland beaches like Lake Wyola.
Both chairs require at least one person to assist the user and either push the chair as with the ATC 100 or pull it in the case of the Tiralo. To get out of the chair to swim may require more assistance depending upon the individual and their needs. The ATC 100 supports people up to 275 pounds and the Tiralo can handle up to 300 pounds, according to their specifications.
Landeez and De-Bug, have wonderful features and are great for personal use. If you are in the market for one, you'd probably pay at least $1500 these days. You can find an interesting selection available for purchase online from Access to Recreation. At AbleData you can compare more styles listed with info on where to obtain them. Many park systems and public beaches offer beach wheelchairs for use, which makes them more readily available to everyone. Click here to learn where beach wheelchairs can be found in Massachusetts State Parks.
Thanks to Arlie Cohn for beach wheelchair maintenance this summer!