Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Disabled Persons and Diving

Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright © 2010


Scuba diving has always been a life enhancing experience, now a days it can open up a whole new world to anyone with a disability.  Having a disability should not prevent you from experiencing the marvels of this unique world.   


Handicapped diver using Full Face mask - Photo by/ Ayman Seleam


Handicapped diver entering the water with her instructor  - Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright © 2010

A number of Red Sea dive centres provide specifically designed facilities and run specialised diving programs. On-hand, experienced staff members have a clear understanding of the possible challenges facing disabled divers. Courses are usually adapted according to the type of disability. Instructors are likely concentrate on what can be achieved, not on limitations.  However, Handicapped persons will have to meet all performance requirements for the level of training as open water diver 18m or scuba diver 12m. 


Easy entrance to most dive sites made the Red Sea one of the best diving destinations to handicapped divers    (Marsa Assalaia - Marsa Alam - Red Sea) Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright © 2010


In the last few years, Red Sea has become the best diving destination for Handicapped persons, Easy entrances to most dive sites, worm and clear water and huge verity of colorful fishes, and the beautiful shapes of the corals, absolutely amazing, travelling to the Red Sea is particularly special for handicapped divers.   


Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright © 2010
Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright © 2010


Your impairment does not have to be a constraint to diving safely and enjoyably. The sea is an excellent mentor and within it you can discover the best in yourself. "Most disabled people find diving physically liberating, often experiencing a profound sense of freedom rarely found out of the water". Good training is essential. As long as you can float and feel comfortable in the water you are already a potential diver.


Photo by/ Ayman Seleam
Photo by/ Ayman Seleam
Your impairment does not have to be a constraint to diving safely and enjoyable - Photo by/ Ahmed F.Gad - Copyright © 2010

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