A Real Diving ChallengeThis 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:
- Dive Training for the Disabled: What is it Worth? Diver Magazine, August 1997
- “Soaring Below”, by Vicki Stiefel.
- “Diving With Care”,
- Scuba Diving With Disabilities Robinson, Jill. & A. Dale Fox:
‘Alert Diver’, March/April 1996; a publication of
DAN (Divers Alert Network)
Training and Medical Aspects of Diving With Disabilities,
Kimberly P. Walker, NREMT-P, DAN Training
Alert Diver, March-April 1996, p. 40.
(Champagne, Illinois:Â Leisure Press, a Division of Human
Kinetics Publishers, Inc.Â Box 5076 Champagne, Il 61820.Â 1987)
“A valuable supplement to any diving manual or class. For the disabled diver or the instructor who wants to teach disabled divers, the book is must reading.”
Associations and Clubs and Training
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.
Disabled Diver training in the San Diego area.
PADI Master Instructor
Eels on Wheels Adaptive Scuba Club
12338 Limerick Ave,
Austin, Texas, 78758
Article “Challenges of Diving With Disabilities”, by Tammie Shelton
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.Â Contact Frank Degnan at Any Water Sports, (408)244-4433.Â Frank and Dorothy Shrout organize this.
Handicapped Scuba Association, Jim Gatacre, 1104 El Prado, San Clemente, CA 92672-4637, (714) 498-6128, Â HSA@HSASCUBA.COM
Houston Disabled Scuba Divers Association, 403 East Nasa Road 1, Suite 325, Webster TX 77598-5314, (713) 477-5556, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Wheelchair Adventurers Association of Galveston-Houston, 403 East Nasa Road 1, Suite 325, Webster TX 77598-5314, (713) 477-5556, (Lytle Seibert); email@example.com,
Canadian Scuba Diving Clubs for Divers with Disabilities
- Club Challenge, 3108 Woodland Park Drive, Burlington, Ontario L7N 1L2 Canada; (905) 634-8234 (Joan Muir; Burlington), (905) 844-4160 (Annis Dixon; Oakville), (519) 658-5838 (Margaret Sanderson; Kitchener), (416) 485-7355 (Jerry Ford; Toronto)
- Pacific Northwest Scuba Challenge Association, 14286 72nd Avenue, Surrey, British ColumbIa V3W 2R1 Canada; (604) 525-7149 (Ron Stead)
- Persephone Scuba Diving Club, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H4B 1R6 Canada; Louis Jankowski, Ph.D., (514) 848-3320 (office), (514) 630-1429 (home)
Diving With Disabilities
Bruce Van Hoorn
14960 Penitencia Creek Road
San Jose, CA 95132
3530 Warrensville Center Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
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, firstname.lastname@example.org , http://www.alpha-one.org
The Australian Underwater Federation has published a booklet on teaching disabled divers.Â 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.