If you’re differently-abled you can most likely still successfully complete PADI courses like the PADI Open Water Diver course. You know your body the best, we as professionals are only there to support you where you need us. There is no special treatment – safety standards remain the same for every diver yet the way you accomplish those safety skills can vary.
We also offer the PADI Adaptive Support Diver specialty for your buddy, so they learn how to best assist you during your many dives.
Padi Adaptive Support Diver
Do you want to learn how to best support a dive buddy who has a physical or mental challenge? The PADI® Adaptive Support Diver course will increase your awareness of divers’ varying abilities, and explores adaptive techniques to apply while diving with a buddy who is differently-abled.
PADI Open Water Divers who are at least 15 years old and have completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within 24 months are eligible to take the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course. It is also recommended that you complete the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course beforehand so that you have better awareness of trim.
Through knowledge development and two diving workshops – one in confined water and one in open water – you’ll learn useful techniques that will increase your ability to become a better dive partner to a differently-abled diver. You’ll gain insight and practical experience as you learn about:
- Becoming more aware and mindful of individual considerations when diving with differently-abled people.
- Adaptive techniques that can be applied while diving with buddies with mental and/or physical challenges.