Beach wheelchairs at Big Blue Surf School

Imagine not being able to go to the beach when you live close by or are visiting a seaside resort. A ‘simple’ beach trip is not so simple if you have a disability requiring a wheelchair.
Anyone who has ever tried pushing a pushchair on sand knows how tough it is, so a wheelchair is altogether harder. All-terrain wheelchairs are the answer, but they are far too expensive for many individuals to buy.
Now the situation has improved dramatically in Bude for Big Blue Surf School has been working with Cornwall Mobility to get 2 shiny new beach wheelchairs (also known as sand chairs) down to Summerleaze beach, making a trip to beach accessible to all.
Big Blue is hosting the chairs and they can be used free of charge on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
If you need more info, drop them an email ( or send a Facebook message.
Big Blue goes a step further in its lessons, for it also offers adaptive surfing for people with autism and disabilities. On the Big Blue website, it says:

Everyone should be able to surf, so we try to make that happen! We have helped numerous people over the years enjoy the waves in a fun and safe environment.

Depending on needs and abilities, we can offer anything from a ‘learn to surf’ session, to tandem wave riding. 

We have experience of working with children and adults with autism,  Down syndrome, physical disabilities and speech, sight and hearing impairments. 

We have boards for tandem riding with an instructor, as well as extra wide surfboards for solo riding to give additional stability making everything as easy and as fun as possible.

All lessons are one to one with an instructor, to keep it really safe in the water. We also have buoyancy aids available if needed.

Wonderful to see a local business making big efforts to be as inclusive as possible.

Picture is from FB:
📷 (left to right) Bill Swim Safe, Big Blue Instructors, Zoe Gascoyne, John Sweeting Active8, Peter La Broy Cornwall Councillor for Bude, Jolyon Sharpe – Cornwall Council

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