August 19, 2013
Scuba diving is a trending activity within the world of adaptive sports.
Scuba diving is commonly experienced in oceans (usually in tropical locations) as a way to observe sea life and reefs, as well as to enjoy the freedom of movement underwater.
As stated in our blog post about recreational adaptive swimming the water is an equalizing environment for able-bodied & disabled athletes, alike; scuba diving is no exception.
To get started in adaptive scuba diving, a pre-requisite is individual safety. Therefore, prior to one partaking in adaptive scuba diving, approval from a physician is a must.
This includes checking for any existing heart or lung issues – in addition to a basic understanding of one’s current fitness condition – to avoid possible injury.
Additionally, instructor led training is necessary for anyone looking to participate in adaptive scuba diving. Often, instructors whom have proper training in working with disabled athletes, can be found at local community pools or recreational centers.
Equipment is also a matter of importance in adaptive scuba diving, as without proper equipment an individual’s safety could be at risk.
Instructors should know what equipment an individuals needs and whether or not a specific disability might cause one to use custom equipment; however, individuals are encouraged to carry out independent research on the equipment available to them.
Scuba diving entails strapping a breathing apparatus to oneself before submerging underwater. A basic list of other scuba equipment can be found here from Travel Dive USA <–
The fun of adaptive scuba diving can far-outweigh the preliminary steps necessary to engage in this eye-opening experience. There may be no greater way to experience freedom and explore the depths of our Earth’s oceans!
“The ocean is our life support system wherever you live…People with disabilities who haven’t had a chance to get into the ocean, to get below the surface, to see some of what I see, and to teach me about what they see, is something that I wish that everyone who can get out there, should. Being in the water, feeling the water, being in that environment is healing as well.” ~ Jean-Michel Cousteau
Have you tried, or ever wanted to try adaptive scuba diving?
What was your experience like?
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