Scuba diving is one of the most incredible teaching and healing tools that there is. It is open to anyone who wants to learn and can have a profound effect on peoples lives. Just the feeling of being weightless and free is incredible.
We love teaching scuba to people of all abilities and this month, PADI, has launched their Adaptive teaching techniques program and Adaptive support Diver, which are two great courses designed to assist you teach and accompany scuba divers of all abilities.
The first program is the Adaptive support Diver. This program is designed so that you can learn some of the additional techniques for assisting someone with different abilities when they go scuba diving. You essentially are their buddy underwater and can then assist them with entering and exiting the water, putting on the gear if needed and helping them throughout the dive as much or as little as they need.
The second program is the Adaptive Teaching techniques. This is designed for someone who is in dive professional training or already holds a professional license. So, if you are enrolled in, or have completed a PADI Divemaster program or instructor course this would be a great program for you. Again it is looking at different tools and techniques that you can use to teach to any person with different abilities. You still would be teaching or guiding using the PADI (or other certification agency) standards for each of their programs but thinking outside the box in how you can assist people achieve their skills and goals. It covers, gear adaptations, entries and exits, swimming techniques and more.
What you have to remember is that when you are talking about adaptive teaching you are not just talking about people with physical adaptations, it may be psychological as well. There are so many people out there who can be touched by scuba, why don't you open up your tool box and help bring it to them?
Adaptive Support Diver
This course is designed so that you can learn how to best support a dive buddy who has a physical or mental challenge? The course will increase your awareness of divers’ varying abilities, and explores adaptive techniques to apply while diving or freediving with a buddy with a disability.
It is for PADI Open Water Divers or PADI Freedivers who are at least 15 years old and have completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within 24 months.
The course is knowledge development and two diving workshops where you’ll learn useful techniques that will increase your ability to become a better dive partner to a diver with a disability. You learn about:
- Becoming more aware and mindful of individual considerations when diving with people with disabilities.
- Adaptive techniques that can be applied while diving with buddies with mental and/or physical challenges.
Adaptive Teaching Techniques
This course builds on the foundation that scuba is for everyone and preparing you for student-centered and prescriptive approaches when adapting techniques to meet diver needs. It focuses on increasing awareness of varying abilities, and explores adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers.
It is for PADI Divemasters or PADI Master Freedivers who have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within 24 months.
The course is knowledge development, two confined water skill development workshops and two open water workshops. You learn about:
- Become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving or freediving.
- Explore adaptive techniques that can be applied while supervising and training divers or freedivers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs.
- Properly counsel and direct student divers, based on their abilities, toward PADI certification, PADI experience programs or a disabilities-dedicated diving organization for limited certification programs.
- Learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage student divers with mental and/or physical challenges.