SANTA BARBARA, California, March 11, 2018—You could see faces fill with hope at the 2018 Los Angeles Abilities Expo as people with disabilities—young, old, men, women and children—realized the Airtime Watertime Floater wetsuit would give them the confidence and support to swim in the water again, or for the very first time.
“It was very gratifying to see how many people we could help,” said Mark Okrusko, owner-and-inventor of the Airtime Watertime Floater wetsuit. “Very humbling. We had children in wheelchairs who had never swum before. Men and women who hadn’t been in water for years. All these people who would have a chance to swim in the water again.”
Thanks to the enthusiastic support of radio and TV personality and Expo Ambassador Paul Lane and his interview with Airtime Watertime spokesperson Gustavo Ritterstein, people came from far and wide to see the suit in person at the Expo.
“One 12-year-old girl in a wheelchair who came to see us was petrified of swimming,” said Ruth Wishengrad, Communications Director of Airtime Watertime, “but after watching our video she was so excited—her parents bought a suit for her and her sister.”
Many of the people who bought Floater suits sent back photos and videos with inspiring stories. “The wife of a man who had suffered a bilateral stroke wrote to us to say her husband was doing water therapy now and that the suit had given him the confidence to get in the pool for the first time after seven years,” said Wishengrad. “It’s these kind of stories of our product changing lives that make our work worth it on a daily basis.”
The Airtime Watertime Floater wetsuit is a one-of-a-kind wetsuit that gives the protection of a regular wetsuit while providing the support of a personal flotation device. A special patented panel in the suit provides buoyancy allowing the user to float on the water without effort or the need to tread water.
“For four years after my injury, I wasn’t able to go in to the ocean,” said spokesperson Ritterstein—a quadriplegic who regained substantial upper body strength after years of rehabilitation and hard work. “But with the Floater—I’m able to do it right now.”