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Hi - I'm a cALS to my husband who has limb onset. His fav. thiing to so is swim in the ocean -- anything you all know about that can help him?

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So he's using a cane, right? Is his kick (or arms, without it) strong enough to keep his head above water? Obviously, you can test this in a pool if not sure but waves and current are different.

Random thoughts -- can he be loosely tethered to you/a board that you are on/a boat or ski that you are on/etc.?

Can he wear floats/a vest...a way to rest if/as needed. I mean, obviously, it would be best if he's low energy to stay near shore/or swim out first thing until he's the least bit tired and then in...If he's solo, certainly wearing something reflective/easy to spot...are you usually on hand, or...? Could it be that one of the boys goes with as a lark as much as safety?

I am not sure of his abilities or the water in question. Of course, it would be common sense to make the first run in full daylight, not against a tide, etc.

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Flotation aids and a swimming partner sound like good ideas.
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Check and see if Oceans of Hope operates in your area. It's an organization that uses adaptive equipment and physical help for people who want to body surf.

I had to first give up surfing, then swimming in the ocean and finally walking in the water. Now I enjoy going in the heated pool (when they actually heat it to my comfort level.)

Where I am there are frequent runouts and the waves can be strong enough to knock people over so be careful.
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Great point, Kim-- Thomas, beyond the suggestions for the now, when he can't swim at all, some adaptive sports organizations offer getting out on the water in craft designed for wheelchairs.
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I swam in the ocean during the stage I was using a walker
the hard part was getting out beyond break water. One person on each side would help and we would turn backs to waves and brace once out I didn't need help because I was strong swimmer. I welcome would use noodle while snorkeling.

coming in they would float me in like beached whale

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Thank you all so much! I have recently ordered this:

[commercial link removed- use internet search for "Airtime Watertime]

I'll let you know how it goes -- hoping it will get him more time in the water.
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