Open Water Scuba Diver
HSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) is a Disabled Divers Association founded in the USA in 1981. Currently, it is the world’s largest diving organization training disabled people. The recreational diving training programs developed by HSA are recognized worldwide. Also in Poland, diving instructors train people with disabilities in accordance with HSA programs. Therefore, diving certificates obtained at these courses are respected in diving bases.
Basic training in the HSA system is very similar to that of other diving organizations such as PADI. By awarding the HSA basic degree, the instructor specifies level (A, B or C), which tells about the degree of independence of the diver and the ability to help the partner. This is a very important tip for people planning and supervising diving. Depending on the assigned level, a person can go underwater in a group with one or two able-bodied people, who must also have strict diving rights. A level A diver has successfully demonstrated basic problem solving skills and is able to help another diver in need. A person at level A dives with one person to help. A level B diver knows how to deal with problems but is unable to help another diver. A level B diver needs two diving partners. A diver at level C is not able to operate his own equipment or swim alone. Such a person must dive with two diving partners. HSA programs are safe thanks to the training system and requirements designed in such a way. The HSA also provided training for fit divers wishing to dive with disabled people (Dive Buddy).
Persons with varying degrees of disability may participate in the HSA diving programs. People with spinal cord injuries with cerebral palsy, blind, deaf, after amputation and other physical dysfunctions. Disability does not diminish the pleasure of a person practicing this sport. Starting an adventure with diving often changes the life of a disabled person, helps you believe in your own strength and forget about your own limitations. Diving becomes a lifelong passion. The basic requirement for a person who wants to dive is no fear of water. The ability to swim is a very big advantage. General fitness and independence are another important element. On the medical side, contraindications to diving are similar to those of fit people. Heart and respiratory diseases and mental disorders, unfortunately, disqualify a diver candidate. A person who wants to dive should carry out diagnostic tests ordered by a sport or diving doctor and a positive opinion that there are no contraindications.
The HSA diving course program includes practical classes at the pool. They include at least 7 practical classes including both swimming and diving equipment exercises.
After completing the pool classes, students are ready to dive in open waters. The training provides for at least 5 dives, on which students demonstrate knowledge acquired so far. This part of the training can be carried out in waters in Poland, but also on away holidays, e.g. in Croatia or Egypt.
The price includes
– Theoretical sessions
– Pool sessions
– Educational materials
– Entrance fees to the pool
– Open water dives
– Diving equipment for the duration of the course
– Certification fee
The price does not include
– Travel expenses for open waters
– The cost of traveling to the pool