Bremerton Family YMCA

Hunter's first time in the pool was while he in a wheelchair. He had a great support group that came to the pool with him, but he was still pretty apprehensive in the water. 

It took some coaxing from some patient volunteers, but he finally got in the water confidently and left the pool smiling.

 After a few months, Hunter's family still came with him and got in the water but he was no longer hanging onto the wall with white knuckles but was now using one hand to just hold his balance as he walked next to the wall. 

It wasn't long that he built enough strength in his legs to start walking short distances. A year later, he didn't need any assistance in the pool. 

The water helped to build not only his muscles but also to build his confidence in both himself and his physical abilities.