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OPAF First Swim Returns to Dayton


November 19, 2018 – Charlotte, NC – OPAF First Swim Training and Clinic returned to Dayton, OH recently for another Adaptive Swim event. Morning session was clinical education for therapists and swim coaches, led by Hanger Clinic’s Jim Scharf, PTA. Morning attendees received continuing education credits for the classroom education as well as the in pool portion of the day. First Swim Clinic was led by Mabio Costa, assisted by Rob Hendry and Emma Durante and the therapists and swim coaches. Adaptive swim instruction gave the clinic attendees real and practical tips, techniques and opportunities to improve in the pool. Additionally, with this clinic, Rob Hendry completed his certification as an OPAF First Swim instructor.


Comments and Evaluations from the First Swim event included:


“Amazing. I swam from one end of the pool to the other and back for the FIRST TIME in my life. I know that I can do more!” Mefi Barrera, Amputee


“Noah’s swimming improved dramatically in one afternoon of swim clinic. Amazing results!” Lana Bayer, Parent


This First Swim was made possible with sponsorship from Hanger Clinic, Bulldog Tools and Endolite and grant funding from ABC – American Board of Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics.


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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.