25 people sign up for the course coordinated by Ibiza In with the collaboration of the Red Cross and the Tramuntana Guides Association.
This weekend the Ses Salines Natural Park of Eivissa and Formentera and the Ibiza In association organised a course on how to use Joëlette wheelchairs, with the goal of creating a pool of volunteers who will be able to use these chairs at future events. The course was given by the Red Cross and the Tramuntana Guides Association.
The Joëlette is an all-terrain chair with a single wheel that allows anyone with reduced mobility or a disability to go hiking or participate in races, with the help of at least two companions. The Ses Salines Natural Park has two Joëlette chairs to guarantee access to the natural environment for people with reduced mobility.
The 25 registered volunteers began the course this Saturday with a first two-hour theory block and a second five-hour theory-practical block. The participants learnt the basic techniques for driving the Joëlette. They also learnt the different types of riding according to the terrain and the movements to execute at each stage of the ride. Finally, they have acquired the necessary knowledge for the assembly and disassembly of the chairs and have been trained on the basic needs of the most frequent types of users to be able to treat them properly. The course was completed this Sunday with a route.
The Conselleria de Medi Ambient i Territori has twelve Joëlette chairs throughout the archipelago, which facilitate access to protected natural areas. Applications must be made at least three weeks in advance and, depending on the availability of volunteers, the day for the itinerary will be arranged. The service is completely free of charge and can be requested by calling 971 29 50 00 in the case of Mallorca (open daily), 971 17 77 05 (from 9 am to 2 pm and Monday to Friday) in Menorca, and 971 17 76 88 (from 9 am to 2 pm and Monday to Friday) for Eivissa and Formentera.