1. Ensure that your environment is safe: Before entering the water, ensure that the wheelchair ramp has been designed properly and is level with the edge of the pool. Make sure that hand rails are accessible and that there are adequate surfaces around the pool for secure transfer.
2. Use a pool hoist: There are pool hoists available that are specifically designed to assist wheelchair users. These can provide an easier transition to and from the water.
3. Bring a helper: To ensure a safe transition from the wheelchair to the water, bring a helper to assist you where necessary.
4. Use extra pool protection: Soft patches or pool port pads are especially useful around the sides of the pool to protect those who use wheelchairs.
5. Educate pool staff: Make sure that pool staff are aware of the special needs of wheelchair users. Provide them resources and useful information so they can provide the necessary support.
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