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Diving With Disabilities

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A Real Diving Challenge

This page is written and maintained by
 Ernest S Campbell, MD, FACS


Have you ever been on a night dive and had your lights go out? Or, imagine yourself doing a shore dive and you find that someone has tied your feet together; just imagine the difficulty of dragging yourself in and out of the water.

These are just two of the challenges that face disabled people who want to experience the serenity and beauty of scuba diving: the blind person is forever in pitch darkness, the paraplegic faces this wall every day.

In spite of these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, there are many disabled who are participating in scuba diving programs especially designed to assist them to experience our sport safely.

Below are listed various services and contacts for disabled persons who wish to learn more about diving:

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Associations and Clubs and Training


Amazing Seals
amazingseals.com
St. Paul/ Minneapolis Minnesota
Masha Bowen coordinator
divingunderground@hotmail.com
(651)263-9707
We have recently started this exiting new program and working with local rehabilitation centers providing scuba experience for disabled divers. We have PADI and HSA certified instructors.


Arizona Disabled Scuba Divers Foundation
www.azcandive.com

Dawn Callahan
VP ADSDF
480-968-6465

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Disabled Diver training in the San Diego area.

John Ellerbrock
PADI Master Instructor
Pinnacle Divers

PinnacleDiver@home.com
619.997.DIVE (3483)


Eels on Wheels Adaptive Scuba Club
Aron Waisman,
12338 Limerick Ave,
Austin, Texas, 78758
(512) 873-9121
awaisman@austin.rr.com
http://www.Eels.org

Article "Challenges of Diving With Disabilities", by Tammie Shelton
http://scuba-doc.com/DivingDisabilities.pdf



National Instructors Association for Divers with Disabilities (NIADD), Dorothy Shrout, P.O. Box 112223, Campbell; CA 95011-2223; (408) 379-6536, (408) 244- 8652 fax
NIADD, San Jose, CA.  Contact Frank Degnan at Any Water Sports, (408)244-4433.  Frank and Dorothy Shrout organize this.

Handicapped Scuba Association, Jim Gatacre, 1104 El Prado, San Clemente, CA 92672-4637, (714) 498-6128,   HSA@HSASCUBA.COM


Houston Disabled Scuba Divers Association, 403 East Nasa Road 1, Suite 325, Webster TX 77598-5314, (713) 477-5556, swa@neosoft.com

Southern Wheelchair Adventurers Association of Galveston-Houston, 403 East Nasa Road 1, Suite 325, Webster TX 77598-5314, (713) 477-5556, (Lytle Seibert); swa@neosoft.com,



Canadian Scuba Diving Clubs for Divers with Disabilities

Diving With Disabilities
Bruce Van Hoorn
14960 Penitencia Creek Road
San Jose, CA 95132
(408)258-9789

 Dis-A-Dive
 Bart Schassoort
 3530 Warrensville Center Road
 Suite 200
 Shaker Heights, OH 44122
(216)241-3483



Open Waters, Paul A. Rollins, Project Coordinator, or Steven Tremblay, Project Director, c/o Alpha One, 127 Main St., South Portland, ME 04106-2622; (800) 640- 7200 (voice or TTY) or (207) 767-2189 (voice or TTY), (207) 799-0355 fax, open_waters@alpha-one.org , http://www.alpha-one.org

The Australian Underwater Federation has published a booklet on teaching disabled divers.  It can be obtained from theAUF Office,
PO BOX 1006,
Civic Square, ACT, 2608, Australia.



IAHD, is a non-profit organization for disabled divers.
www.iahd.org and www.iahd-americas.org



Norges handikapfellesskap in Norway,
Dive Training for the disabled.
www.handikap.no
e-mail:tomm.fredriksen@handikap.no

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Poseidon Handicap Scuba Adventures
501(c)3 Organization
http://phsa.us
Mark Rausch





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