The Divers@Sea Adaptive Scuba Diving Program is taught using a combination of the programs and techniques of PADI (The world's largest diver training organization) and the Handicapped Scuba Association (The industry's leading handicapped scuba diving instruction authority).
"Either from accident or disease about 15 percent of the population is statistically classified as 'handicapped.' In the United States alone, this percentage translates into millions of people—many of whom are fully capable of becoming scuba divers."
THE HSA MISSION
Founded in 1981, the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) has dedicated itself to improving the physical & social well-being of people with disabilities through the sport of scuba diving. In doing so, it has become the worldwide authority in this field. HSA is formed of more than 3000 underwater educators, handicapped scuba divers and members located in more than 40 countries.
HSA is dedicated to assuring that people with disabilities are given the same opportunity to receive quality training, certification and dive adventures as the able-bodied population.
Divers@Sea and Shepherd Center—the country's largest catastrophic care hospital for brain and spinal injuries—have partnered to provide handicapped individuals, friends, families and soon-to-be HSA dive buddies with the opportunity to experience the exciting world of scuba diving.
Listed below are a sampling of the activities and programs available:
Adaptive Discover Scuba Program - Monthly
HSA Scuba Diver Training Courses - Ongoing
HSA Dive Buddy Program - Annually
Adaptive Scuba Diving Tours - Annually
Camps and Clinics - Ongoing