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Diving – Made Accessible

Posted: 09 Mar, 2016. One Comment
Experiencing the joy of the underwater world this image shows a disabled diver free of his wheelchair which is behind him.
A disabled diver experiencing the joy of the underwater world

Diving has been made accessible at Villa Carpe Diem

Diving you say. Yes we say!

Our aim at Villa Carpe Diem is to provide you with the accessible holiday of your dreams. One guest asked about accessible diving. In responding to that request to be able to go diving we have sought out a skilled, trained diving instructor who has expertise and experience in diving with disabled people.

Plus we learned a whole lot about the world of diving and more particularly about disabled diving. The power house behind disabled diving is Disabled Divers International. This is what they say about themselves

A logo with white words saying Disabled Divers International against a yellow background. In the foreground in blue is a graphic representation of a diver seated in a wheelchair being assisted by a second diver. Five air bubbles can be seen heading towards the top of the image.
A wheelchair seated diver can be seen being assisted by a Disabled Divers International trained diver.

Disabled Divers International (DDI) is a non-profit organization, with the aim to promote, develop and conduct disabled scuba diving training programs for professional and non-professional students. Since its introduction in 2010, DDI has gathered extensive support and recognition within the diving industry and conducted both professional and non-professional programs all around the world. All board members are volunteers, dedicated to promoting and developing disabled scuba diving internationally.

As a set of credentials for an organisation, these strike me as being pretty blinking good!

Where do I start?

Let’s assume that you have never previously dived. What I have termed the ‘Starting from Zero’ option is known in DDI circles as Try Scuba Diving.

The try scuba diving program is designed to allow individuals the experience of being under water while able to breathe. The primary goal of the program is to give a safe, positive and enjoyable experience.

There are a number of considerations to be taken into account. These are beyond the scope of an article like this. If you want to know more, do please ask.

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Guys, great article but already have an all inclusive approach with able and disabled welcomed on level playing field. In last two weeks had both a one armed and below knee amputee discover scuba. That said any further info on DDI Trg would be appreciated. Great job making sport accessible to all.

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