A very important part of our adaptive fitness and recreation program is the opportunity for volunteers to contribute hours of service to the people we serve on an ongoing basis. Internship programs for college students majoring in physical therapy and rehabilitation is available, along with a variety of other opportunities for those ages 13 and above. Our community program will provide our volunteers with invaluable reasons to serve, such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment.

Over the past two decades a growing body of research indicates that volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Perhaps the biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country!

Program and Volunteer Opportunities:

Accessible beach wheelchairs / devices will increase participation of individuals with paralysis or mobility issues, making it easier to access the beach and ocean. SCF will purchase the following, which will be available for public use through our special programs: Mobi Beach Floating Wheelchairs;  Beach Wheelchairs;  Adaptive Beach Baby Stroller;  Beach Walkers;  Adapted Surfboards;  Hand-cycles and Life Vests.

Volunteer Expectations: Always test equipment before any participant is transferred. Help store and maintain equipment.

OCEAN PLAY- Return to Ocean / Adaptive Swimming / Aqua Therapy

Certified Lifeguards, Aqua Therapists and Swim Coaches will provide a range of programs and services in a safe and comfortable environment. Weather permitting, our trained staff will be available to escort you into the Ocean and assist you in getting comfortable in the water. Assorted adaptive equipment will be available for you to try under supervision.  Reservations may be required.

Volunteer Expectations:  Able to assist or spot participants in transferring in and out of equipment.

BEACH YOGA

Adaptive yoga is for individuals living with mobility impairments, such as partial or total paralysis, amputation, spinal cord injury, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, head injury, spina bifida and cerebral palsy, among many other conditions.  In adaptive yoga, classic yoga poses are modified to accommodate the individual. A powerful union of body, mind and spirit,  is the secret to developing a state of stability, ease and inner peace. Yoga is non-competitive, and takes into consideration your physical condition, your age, your ability or disability. Yoga starts wherever you are. A gentle activity that brings all the benefits of yoga to individuals seated in a chair

Volunteer Expectations: Host a yoga class. Spot participants as they complete movements.

ADAPTIVE SURFING AND PADDLE BOARDING

Enjoy the thrill of adaptive surfing and experience paddle boarding with skilled surfers. Riding the swells and waiting for the next wave can bring an endless supply of joy.  Instruction from an experienced surfing instructor can be very valuable and make your first surfing experiences very positive.

Volunteer Expectations:
Assist instructors with getting surfboards to entry site. Assist with participant transfers to beach wheelchairs and onto boards. Follow instruction of Coach. Keep a watchful eye on sunburn and dehydration.

HANDCYCLING

Hand-cycling provides many health benefits, including aerobic exercise and upper body and core strengthening.  Participants can ride their hand cycle on the paved boardwalk alongside beautiful Miami Beach.  Able-bodied volunteers and disabled cyclists will come together to train in an environment of support and community. Within this community, cyclist will gain measurable physical strength and build confidence through their sense of accomplishment, which often transfers to other parts of their life.

Volunteer Expectations:
Assist with transfers into hand-cycles, spot transfer, transport / handle equipment, store equipment, maintain hand-cycles in good condition, participate in boardwalk rides.

OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASS

The Group Outdoor Exercise Program will offer a wide variety of adaptive fitness classes conducted by certified instructors. Various formats offered include but are not limited to: resistance training, mind/body and cardiovascular endurance.

Volunteer expectations:
Follow instructor’s demonstrations and assist participant in the movement. Spot for safety.

ART THERAPY

Art Therapy allows participants the opportunity to use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Sit near the water’s edge and try your skills at watercolors, oil colors and sketching.

Volunteer expectations:
Set up tables and art supplies.  Assist participants with equipment. Clean up afterwards. Keep participants supplied with drinking water.

ADAPTIVE ROWING

Considered to be one of the best overall conditioning sports available, beginners will learn the technique to row on an indoor rowing machine, then transfer skills on a boat adapted to meet your needs.  You can choose to be a recreational rower or join the competitive team all under the supervision of trained coaches and assistants. The Shane Rowing Center is also an official U.S. Paralympic Sports Club and training facility.  Enjoy the opportunity to get fit in an air-conditioned center, with floating wheelchair accessible dock.  The center is also equipped with accessible showers, locker and restroom facilities. Club fees apply.

Volunteer expectations:
To assist with carrying equipment to and from the dock.  Assist with transfer from wheelchair to boat when required. Help wash equipment upon completion of session.

Community Volunteer Benefits / Program:

Over the past two decades a growing body of research indicates that volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Perhaps the biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. SCF aims to provide worthwhile and invaluable reasons to serve, such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment. We will be recognized as a place where we:

  • Solve Problems for the disabled
  • Strengthen our Community
  • Improve Lives
  • Connect to Others
  •  Transform Our Own Lives