Scuba diving is one, if not the most exhilarating sport there is.
Another reason to love it more is it doesn’t limit itself to fully-capable people. In fact, it’s a sport that’s incredibly welcoming to the disabled.
Over the years, plenty of efforts has been exerted for more disabled people to make their underwater dreams a reality. That’s why today, we’re doing our own part in spreading the world.
Here’s a simple guide to scuba diving with a disability.
Who do you get in touch with?
Safety is always of utmost importance. That being said, it’s critical to work with the right professionals who are anchored towards helping the disabled dive. For one, Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) actively makes it happen in 45 countries around the world.
HAS works with Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) to help the disabled get their certification and safely enjoy the deep blue sea.
Other organizations include Diveheart, Disabled Divers International as well as Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and The Disabled Veterans SCUBA project.
What do you need to keep in mind?
First and foremost, you need to be certified first. This ensures that you’re 100% comfortable going through the entire process, and ready to remedy in case of emergency.
Another is to deck yourself out with the right gear. Webbed gloves and paddles will give you the strength you need to move through the waters. If you’re craving more force, a scuba scooter should do the trick. It’s an incredibly powerful aid for disabled divers to move around underwater.
Lastly, choose your own adventure. More tour and activity groups have become disabled-friendly. So it’s all about going for what you’ve been wanting to see and experience. Just make sure to always dive safe and with buddies.
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