The Orthotics & Prosthetics Activities Foundation (OPAF) and the First Clinics along with the First Swim Training and Clinic program was recently awarded a $3,600 grant from U.S. Masters Swim and its Adult Learn To Swim program. The funds will come via the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation and will be used in 2019. OPAF plans to offer two pilot programs of adaptive swim instruction in Orlando, Florida, and Bay City, Michigan, said Robin Burton, OPAF executive director.
“These grant dollars will help us to grow the first swim program in two specific cities where we have close ties with local YMCAs and other aquatic facilities,” Burton said. First Swim is the most recent OPAF program to have clinical education attached as part of the training program for allied health care professionals, she said.