Adaptive Support Diver
PADI Adaptive Support Diver is a specialized course for divers who want to assist other divers with disabilities. Partner diving is the basis of safety and every diving instructor, regardless of the federation in which he trains, puts it first. At diving training, you learn about the partner system, learn how to react in security situations, communicate underwater using signs and predictions. When your dive partner is a non-standard person with some disability, your presence as a diving partner underwater is even more visible and requires focus and awareness. To be a good “dive buddy” for such divers you should know their limitations and possibilities, understand their dive method, know how they are doing underwater in their own individual way, how to communicate with you with their own set of characters so that you can understand and react to them. This training will broaden your horizons and help you believe in your strength and competence underwater.
PADI Adaptive Support Diver is also a training that can be an idea for you how to activate people with disabilities in your environment, because diving is a way to rehabilitate, spend time together, detachment from reality, body and mind occupation. Everything is in your hands.
The course consists of a theoretical session, during which you will learn different types of disability and assistive techniques for people with disabilities. You will learn how to understand their physical and mental limitations. You will learn how divers with limitations cope under water and on the surface, what ways they came up with for basic activities such as dressing up in coveralls, folding equipment, entering the water and much more. You will see for yourself what they will need your help in what not. You will learn about hardware varieties that are individualized.
During the course we use standard equipment in which we swim and train. The classic configuration is as simple as possible. If you use the equipment you prefer, tailored to your needs or individual preferences (long hoses, wings, sacks with bags, etc …) already in the pool classes you will find that it was not the best idea.
The training includes a pool session that focuses on transfers, entrances and exits, assists and communication, as well as on showing, adapting and practicing skills based on the student’s skills and limitations. Exercises focus on assessing accessibility, organizing dives and adapting skills to an open aquatic environment. During the course you will simulate various disabilities to “enter the skin” of a disabled person. When training people with physical and mental challenges, you will learn to concentrate on what they can do, not on what they can not do.
Open water classes are recreational diving, logistics, preparation and organization. You will learn how to proceed from the moment you arrive at the dive site until you leave it. You will simulate various disabilities as well as work with other trainees who, like you, will simulate lack of vision, hearing, para- and tetraplegia.
– Theory sessions
– Swimming pool trainings
– Learning material
– Swimming pool fees
– Opne water dives
– PADI certification fee
– Trip to dive sites and local fees
– Diving equipment except tanks and weights