HCI organises a wide variety of activities for its clients. These include sight-seeing tours, cultural tours and sports activities. The island of Mallorca in particular is noted for its variety of outdoor sports which, because of the mild year-round climate, enables many sporting activities to be carried out for most of the year. Indeed many European organisations, particularly those involved with cycling, will come to Mallorca for their Winter training seasons.
HCI sporting activities, organised by a group of dedicated professionals whose speciality is in working with the disabled, help participants enjoy what are often newly-acquired skills in the company of their loved ones, friends, or on their own. This dedicated team is constantly putting all their energy and enthusiasm into preparing routes, excursions, workshops and courses to help participants make the most of their abilities in often idyllic setting.
In addition to the opportunities available for experienced sports enthusiasts, HCI also enables participation by the novice who wishes to learn a new sport or do something more adventurous. For example they can learn how to handle a sailing boat, uncover the secrets of the mountains, navigate on land or even water ski!
Sailing is a great experience and provides the opportunity to participate as part of a team with the possibility to learn many new skills. This is entirely possible in any one of several ways through the availability of Adapted Sailing available to young and old alike. There is even a Summer School for Disabled Sailing. All sailing activities are specifically developed for people with physical, sensory or mental disabilities. There is even a competition team.
Kayaking is a very popular activity known to many. But in Mallorca there is the availability of kayaks fitted with chairs specially adapted to the kayaks so that anyone regardless of their ability can set out on water accompanied by friends or family in the safest way possible. The chairs are fitted with an adjustable mechanism that adapts to each person according to their needs and anatomy.
There are also double K2 type kayaks in which users are accompanied by a volunteer or assistant. This type of kayak is self-draining and unsinkable.
Courses for novices are also available in which enthusiastic participants can learn the basics of handling the boat before heading out to sea. The specially adapted boats have enabled countless people to enjoy a fun, easy and safe sporting activity on the water.
The Blokart is a type of compact land yacht that is rapidly gaining in popularity as a major land-based sailing sport. Unlike most other land yachts, Blokarts have hand steering and require few sail adjustments, which make them particularly easy to learn. Blokart racing is today developing as a competitive international sport with organised racing including National Blokart Championships now being held in many countries around the world.
Blokarting can be performed by anyone regardless of their degree of disability through carrying out the necessary adaptations. It is normally practised in tandem with a dedicated team to ensure safety. It is a team sport but one in which each participant is completely independent, resulting in a high degree of personal satisfaction.
Water skiing is an activity that allows the disabled person to surpass him or herself. It is also an activity you can do with family and friends. Specially conceived and designed with the disabled in mind, this water skiing board has stabilizers which make it impossible to overturn whilst still making it highly enjoyable for the participant. There is also a seat which adds to the safety.
Adapted diving is a wonderful sport for hose with disabilities, since in water many of the barriers which a disabled person might encounter will simply disappear, magically enabling a much greater freedom of movement. The sense of weightlessness , the sensations and sounds experienced when underwater have to be experienced to be believed!
A number of specially designed diving courses run throughout the year enabling people with all types of disabilities to have their diving “baptism”. The courses take three to four hours overall, involving both theoretical and practical training in a closed pool. There are also courses for the more advanced diver, not to mention the incredible opportunity to dive with rays and even sharks… a truly unforgettable experience!
Golf is a wonderful sport for many with disabilities, enabling participants to improve their motor skills, attention span, hand-eye coordination and muscle tone… all in one sport.. not to mention the opportunities for better social integration and improved self-esteem.
The golf pros are all fully qualified with years of experience in working with those with disabilities. And as to the equipment, some of the most advanced apparatus is available, including the Paragolfer, ideal for amputees or those paralyzed from the waist down but having upper body strength. The Paragolfer is a wheelchair designed for golf course terrain enabling easy passage over hills without extra effort, and will lift individuals from a sitting position to a standing position ready to play.
Courses are available at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level.
For lovers of the great outdoors and mountains in particular, then for many the Otto Bock SuperFour vehicle will provide an incredible experience, enabling users to enjoy the scenery of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains in a unique and fun way in conditions of absolute independence. This is ideal for those with many different disabilities enabling them to enjoy nature in a safe way and in the company of friends, family or teachers.
The SuperFour is a single-drive 4×4 vehicle operated by means of a simple joystick. It will permit the climbing of slopes of up to a 40% incline whilst maintaining maximum security. The vehicles are also electric, and so don’t pollute the environment.
Whatever the holiday sporting requirements of HCI clients, our own specialised holiday division Golden Horizon Holidays can put together individualised sports packages to fit in precisely with the care and accommodation needs on a tailor-made basis.