I loved going to the beach before I became wheelchair bound and was so sad when I thought that I would never again be able to go on the sand to feel the ocean water for it is impossible to wheel a wheelchair on the sand. Yet a few years ago I discovered that there are all terrain wheelchairs which can wheel on the sand, snow or rough terrain. I’ve tried the standard all terrain beach wheelchairs which are available at our Massachusetts State parks and beaches but haven’t found them comfortable and I’m unable to sit in them for too long of a time.
My mom and dad purchased a Landeez all terrain wheelchair a few years ago and I loved being able to once again get onto the sand and into the ocean water. Then I outgrew it and developed some spinal problems and was no longer comfortable in the Landeez for they didn’t offer any custom features like a tilt and space or recline position. My mom and dad sold the Landeez and just got me the De-Bug all terrain tilt and space wheelchair for my birthday. I tried it this week at Scusset Beach State Reservation and absolutely love it. I was so comfortable in it that I stayed in it for many hours and enjoyed the beach and the ocean with my friends. I also love using it at Old Silver Beach, one of my favorite Cape Cod Beaches.
The De-Bug all terrain beach wheelchairs are designed by Deming Designs, Inc. Karen and Mike Deming have been making these beach wheelchairs since 1994. They are not just designers, but Karen herself is in a wheelchair and uses the beach wheelchair so she really understands the importance of comfort.
The De-Bug can be custom order to fit your own measurements. You can choose a standard, tilt and space, reclining or a combined tilt and space and reclining all terrain wheelchair to meet your positioning and support needs. Custom seating cushions are also available. Mike and Karen will send you a seating chart if you have certain seating measurements or requirements and answer all the questions you have. I am comfortable in sitting on the standard sling material for the tilt and space feature keeps me positioned and comfortable.
The height of the chair from the floor to the seat is 22 inches and easy for transferring. The armrests are easy to remove for transfers too. It is really easy to wheel it on the sand at the beach!
The De-Bug All Terrain Wheelchairs have quick release pins and are easy to assemble and dissemble without tools. My friends had no problem at all. There are many other options and features you can choose like alternate pool wheels, a drink holder, an umbrella holder and even a fishing pole holder. You can click on the website above for more details.
Mike and Karen offer great all terrain beach wheelchairs and great customer service too. I highly recommend these all terrain wheelchairs. They are a bit costly so I would really like to see our Massachusetts State Parks and Beaches get some to loan to the disabled. Many State and National Parks and Beaches in Florida, California, Washington and Minnesota have the De-Bug all Terrain Wheelchairs.
My Beach Wheelchair has interchangeable Pool Wheels that my friends easily attach. I love wheeling into an accessible pool in this chair. The chair does not float; the wheels are similar to bicycle wheels and stay solidly on the ground while I’m in the water. The first time I used the Pool Wheels was at Water Wizz of Cape Cod and I loved it!
You can rent a DeBug Beach Wheelchair on Cape Cod at Totally Mobile; 439 Rt 6A; East Sandwich, MA 02537; Phone: 508-366-4338.
I give the De-Bug All Terrain Wheelchair by Deming Designs, Inc. FIVE STARS. I also give Mike and Karen Deming FIVE STARS for their sensitivity and great customer service.