January 4, 2019 – Charlotte, NC – OPAF & The First Clinics welcome Rob Hendry as our newest First Swim instructor. Rob completed three First Swim Clinic and training sessions with program director Mabio Costa to finish his certification. Rob will now be leading First Swim clinics in the Midwest region, beginning with the Eastern Michigan University First Clinics on Sunday, March 24.
Rob has a long history of aquatic training, with Red Cross certifications and with the YMCA. Currently, Rob is the Aquatics Director for the Bay Area YMCA in Bay City, Michigan and where OPAF hopes to launch a pilot program with Rob in Adult Learn to Swim training for individuals with limb loss or limb difference.
Additionally, Rob’s wife Jessica, who has a transfermoral amputation from severe injuries sustained in a car accident in 2008, joins him on this adventure. That experience opened Rob’s eyes to the lack of opportunities that those with physically challenged have and working to collaborate with organizations like OPAF who share the vision. “My hope is to bring a sense of joy and freedom through an aquatic medium” says Hendry.
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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.