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Diving With Disabilities

Scuba diving is one of the most accessible sports for disabled people. From the first moment one enters the underwater environment, there is a feeling of well-being. In this totally different world, there is a feeling of freedom, weightlessness and safety. One moment, you are sitting at the water’s edge, the next “at one” with the underwater world, a fascinating environment that can be enjoyed by all.

Many disabled people first experience scuba diving as “therapy”. During a dive, physical restrictions are forgotten, and in some cases, there is even relief from pain and discomfort. Scuba diving can help with rehabilitation. It can have a positive effect on the mental state. The physical and mental experience underwater is the same for both able-bodied and disabled people.

Scuba diving has shown numerous advantages as social and physical rehabilitation for disabled individuals, allowing them to interact in a near weightless state, with many feeling that the normal obstacles and restrictions their disability gives them on land, disappear in water. When properly trained, with specialist trainers and in some cases adapted or special equipment, after all we all love gadgets, such as underwater scooters, they are great fun and really easy to use, it is definitely a “sport for all”

Here at Dizzy Divers, we aim to introduce as many people as we can to this wonderful sport.
This will be achieved through active fundraising and promotion on our part, any potential trainees will then be introduced to some of the many specialist training organisations in our industry.

These include, but are not limited to:

The Scuba Trust – www.scubatrust.org.uk  
The International Association for Handicapped Divers – www.iahd.org  
Diveability – www.diveability.com  
Silent Bubbles – www.silentbubbles.com  
Blesma Divers – www.blesmadivers.com  

These organisations specialize in training disabled people to dive under the supervision of professional, well trained instructors, to provide them with an unforgettable experience underwater.

They also offer training courses so people can learn to supervise and train disabled divers.