Amputee Coalition 2022 National Conference in Desert Palm, CA - August 10-13.

Clinics at National Conference


First Swim by OPAF and the First Clinics

Instructor: Mabio Costa

August 11-13, 2022 | 7:00-8:00am

Join us at the Amputee Coalition National Conference for three different sessions. August 11th is the beginner session focusing on how to transition in and out of the pool, flotation, breathing, kicking, and basic freestyle. August 12th is the intermediate session focusing on how to transition in and out of the pool, improved freestyle and backstroke, as well as an introduction to open water technique. August 13th is for the advanced session, focusing on how to transition in and out of the pool, improve your freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly with enhancing cadence and VO2 Max as well as open water swimming. There are three separate registrations and you are welcome to attend each session if you’d like.

If you would like to improve your comfort and ability in the water, please join us for a morning of activity and fun! Our swimming clinic will teach you water safety skills, transfers at the poolside, and swim strokes for individuals with limb loss and limb difference. OPAF and the Amputee Coalition are providing you with an opportunity to learn from the best! We want you to master these basics of swimming so that you may improve your fitness and independence. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet and mentor other individuals with limb loss/limb difference in your community. Let’s get you into the water. All levels of ability are welcome! Please bring your swimsuit, goggles, and any supplies necessary to don/doff your prosthesis.

Pre-registration information coming soon.


Morning Yoga for Core Strength, Fluidity, and Balance Clinic

Instructor: Lucy Lomax, Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500, Y4A:Yoga for Amputees Master Trainer, and an Accessible Yoga Teacher

August 11-13, 2022 | 7:00-8:00am

Begin your day by a) connecting to your breath to support the nervous system, b) opening your joints for increased range of motion, c) engaging your deeper core and back muscles for increased strength, and d) bringing these actions into balance for your body, mind, and spirit. The instructor will guide participants through a yoga sequence and assist with modifications to accommodate skill level and level of limb loss or limitation. Please dress comfortably and come explore how the benefits of yoga’s centered breath and movement can enhance your day and your life!

Pre-registration information coming soon.


Adaptive Wheelchair Tennis Clinic

Instructor: SDSU Adapted Athletics Wheelchair Tennis Team

August 11-13, 2022 | 7:00-8:00am

Enjoy a fun, complimentary tennis clinic at the resort’s beautiful tennis facility – sponsored by The JW Marriott Desert Springs Tennis Professional, Jim Leupold, and The San Diego State University Adapted Athletics Wheelchair Tennis Team.  We may even be lucky enough to have visits from a few Wheelchair Tennis professional players! The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has been ranked in the top 10 for the past decade of all the top tennis resorts in the world and in the top 5 for Instruction & Tennis Programming. For 30 years, the resort has executed free tennis clinics for wheelchair players and those with a myriad of physical challenges.

Join the San Diego State University (SDSU) Adapted Athletics Wheelchair Tennis Team for an exciting clinic open to players of all tennis abilities, including those who may have never played before. Tennis is a very challenging sport to perfect but very easy to learn.  Beginners will discover that they can soon go out and hit the ball back and forth with friends and perhaps even compete in tournaments. Hone your skills with the SDSU Team, which started in the Fall of 2018 and has consistently finished top five in the U.S., taking 2nd overall in 2022, 4th overall in 2021, and 2nd overall in 2019 at the USTA Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis National Championships. Some sports wheelchairs will be made available, but wheelchairs are not mandatory for the clinic.

Pre-registration information coming soon.