EMU to host First Swim, First Paddle & First Dive event on March 29

by Darcy Gifford, Published March 18, 2014

Eastern Michigan University will host its annual Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) First Swim, First Paddle & First Dive event on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jones Natatorium.

First Swim, First Paddle & First Dive events provide introductory level adapted recreation opportunities for amputees, people in wheelchairs, individuals with cerebral palsy, and survivors of strokes or other physical challenges.

Certified adaptive swimming, scuba diving and kayaking instructors from across the U.S. teach the clinics and help participants face challenges in a safe, nurturing environment.

“This is about what you can do. It’s about what your possibilities are,” said Robin Burton, executive director of OPAF. “This event shows that you can go on.”

The event is coordinated by Eastern Michigan University Orthotics and Prosthetics students and is sponsored by the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center.

There is no cost to participate but registration by March 26 is encouraged. To register, email Robin Burton (robin@opafonline.org) and let her know you’d like to attend. Volunteers are always welcome.

OPAF is the philanthropic arm of the U.S. orthotic and prosthetic community and is based in Charlotte, N.C. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.

Darcy Gifford



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