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I'm planning a school trip to OCMD. Where could I rent a beach accessible wheelchair for a day? Any other suggestions for accessibility around town and making life a little easier? Thanks!
Submitted by Kirby N, City*, Maryland March 11, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 11, 2019

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You can get lots of information about access on OC's ADA Advisory Committee's webpage.

OC has several options for free access to beach wheelchairs. Note that these chairs need someone to push you and are not self-propelled.

The beach wheelchairs located on the west edge of the beach are controlled by the beach patrol, but generally put out Memorial Day weekend and removed around Labor Day. They are available 10am to 5pm on a first-come-first-serve basis and they need to stay within a block of their location. They are not allowed in the water. They are located at the Inlet Lot, 7th,  27th, 30th, 40th, 48th, 59th, 70th, 81st, 89th, 94th, 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th, 145th. Find out more about them here.

Beach wheelchairs are available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.723.6610 for more information.

Beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.289.2800 for more information.

PMI rentals (800.320.7469) rents beach wheelchairs, and they will deliver. These chairs are not self propelled and require someone to push the occupant across the beach. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out more.

Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle). The chairs on the beach locations are stored at the west side of the dunes or along the boardwalk. The chairs are also not self propelled, the person in the chair will need someone to push him or her across the beach.

There is also a new business, SandHelper, that offers self-driven electric beach wheelchairs. Find out more about them here or by calling 855.743.5737. They cost $75/day to rent and have free delivery and pickup.

Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: March 11, 2019

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Kirby, all the information you need can be found here.  This is the town of Ocean City Disabilities Page.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: March 12, 2019

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Just a note that I would call the City and see when the sand wheelchairs are placed out for service.  I believe they are not out until Labor Day.  They are free to use though.  The Sandhelper is a wonderful and easy way to get around the beach.  They do charge a daily rental fee though.