Adaptive Techniques is a specialized course that focuses on raising awareness about different diver’s skills and analyzing adaptive teaching techniques that can be used during training and diving with physically and mentally challenging divers. If you are a PADI professional, Divemaster, Instructor Assistant or Instructor of any federation and you have completed an EFR course and want to be more aware of individual aspects when working with people who have physical or mental challenges, then this training is just for you. PADI specialists have a long and successful history of working with disabled divers. PADI’s approach to diver education is (and has always been) open: Anyone who meets the conditions for joining the course is welcome and it does not matter if you have any disability. The PADI Adaptive Techniques specialty course builds on this foundation by improving the training received by PADI and preparing them for a student-centered approach to tailoring techniques to the needs of divers. Diving instructors, regardless of the federation in which they train, have developed their routine in relation to fully functional people. When a disabled person comes to the course, they can not be surprised that the standard approach does not pass the exam and they have to adapt their teaching techniques to the individual’s possibilities of the student. This training is supposed to teach them, increase their awareness of the limitations and show that every diver can do the obligatory exercises in their own way.
The course consists of a theoretical session, during which you will learn about different types of disabilities and techniques of working with students. You will learn how to talk with students, build relationships and understand their physical and mental limitations. You will learn how to help and teach your students basic diving skills to meet the basic training requirements. You will learn to choose the equipment individually for the student, you will be able to precisely plan the training from the logistics side and you will learn the terminology to partner with him.
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 snakes, wings, sacks with bags, etc …) already in the pool classes you will find that it was not the best idea.
The training includes two pool sessions, which focus on transfers, entrances and exits from the water, assists and communication, as well as on showing, adapting and practicing skills based on the student’s skills and limitations. Exercises focus on the assessment of accessibility, organization of dives and adaptation of 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 conducting training dives, 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 training
– Learning materials
– Swimming pool fees
– Open water dives
– PADI certification fee
– Trip to dive sites
– Diving equipment except tanks and weights