Wheelchair Users Don't Just Dive---- They HANDI-DIVE!
For those Mobility Impaired persons who may not
yet know, chances are that you probably CAN make scuba diving an enjoyable
sport as part of your overall health and wellness. Handi-Divers
can not only counsel you on how to get started learning scuba but help you
and your instructors plan the most accessible travel arrangements. Together,
as wheelchair users, we have specialized experience in a wide range of
issues confronted by other wheelchair users as we pursue adventures related
to learning the sport of scuba diving. Our customers include persons with
uncommon needs and those instructors, dive masters and boat crew who hope
to better serve them.
that end, we want customers to feel inspired by the hope of enjoying a very
rewarding sport while at the same time teaching what is necessary for them
to be confident in their ability to assess what they need to perform
you are a wheelchair user or person with limited ability to ambulate, then
you should know that scuba diving may be a sport that you can
enjoy and be proficient in.
There are resources available to help you reach you goal of diving off the dive
boat, descending to explore the oceans and then returning to the
dive boat. Even if you do not currently swim at all, with your doctorís
approval you can begin the process of swimming and training and reaching a
point where you are comfortable in the water.
Handi-Divers is here to inspire you
explore all the possibilities awaiting you underneath the surface of our
planetís magnificent oceans.
Impaired persons have been scuba diving for over thirty years. The
possibilities for scuba divers of all kinds have never been greater.
Whether you are new to considering your options or a seasoned diver
already, Handi-Divers is here to help you
increase your level of proficiency.
Once in the
water, the obstacles you come across while on dry land are all left behind.
The adventures you will discover through scuba can reward you in ways that
are hard to describe: Independence, liberty, relaxation, meditation, relief
of pain and mental stress, comradery,
environmental awareness, body awareness to name but a few.
For all of
our nation's Veterans, both Mobility Impaired and not, who
are still considering scuba as a new activity, the above benefits are
even more meaningful. Being a Navy Veteran paralyzed in the line of
duty, I understand that many of my fellow Veterans are returning to a
civilian world they sometimes feel uncomfortable in. The anxiety related to
unit separation can be quite alienating, especially for servicemen and
women who have sustained trauma or other injuries. Scuba benefits everyone,
especially veterans who are injured or traumatized. Not all combat wounds
show to the outside world and it is exactly this type of distress that
scuba diving can help alleviate. Learning to dive is relaxing and builds
such great self-esteem that it is more like scuba therapy. The mental
wounds of our Veterans often heal over just one week of scuba diving. The
positive transformation is quite noticeable. The cognitive and subconscious defenses
that we, as combat Veterans build up are significant and can be
isolating as well. Scuba helps us to move from the safe place behind our
walls to a safe place in the ocean to a safe place in the world around us.
experienced scuba divers, both able bodied and not, Handi-Divers
can help you and your boat crews manage your dives and your travel
arrangements in the most accessible ways possible.
our website and read through the various dive journals and blog entries. If
you have any questions, select the Contact
Handi-Divers link or post a blog entry.