In the coming days, the two beaches of the Rethymnon commune will be completed with the installation of two SeaTrac systems, i.e. automatic access to the sea for the disabled. These will be the next systems of this type available on Cretan beaches. One such device will be mounted on the city beach in Retymno at the height of Ari Velouchioti 41 street, the second will appear on the beach in Platanias near Lassithiou street. Financial resources in the amount of over 144 thousand euros to improve and extend the existing infrastructure for the disabled were provided by the municipality of Rethymnon.
It is worth recalling that the SeaTrac system was developed in 2008 by a group of Greek scientists. This unique solution has been patented both in Europe and in America. Thanks to the SeaTrac system, people with disabilities can enter and leave the sea by themselves. Currently, these devices are already operated on several Greek and Cypriot beaches. In Crete, you can meet them on several beaches in the area of Ierapetra, on the beach of Nea Chora near Chania and Ammoudara near Heraklion.
In addition, in the first two weeks of August at Aris Velouchiotis, running along the city beach in Rethymno, the rest of the infrastructure for the disabled will be installed. There are special paths leading towards the sea for the blind and visually impaired. There should also be wooden platforms facilitating the movement of disabled people on the beach, special changing rooms and shading zones dedicated to the disabled and special information boards.
Presentation of the SeaTrac system operation