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PADI Speciality - Adaptive Support Diver

Minimum Age



1 Day OR 2 Evenings

About the Course

Do you want to learn how to best support a dive buddy who has a physical or mental challenge? The PADI Adaptive Support Diver 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.

Through knowledge development and two diving workshops - one in confined water and one in open water - you'll learn useful techniques that will increase your ability to become a better dive partner to a diver with a disability.

Why take this course

Become 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.

What you'll learn

Different techniques for supporting divers with disabilities

Alternative approaches, measures and ways of thinking about how you dive

Way's to ensure diving is inclusive for all - because; it really is!

How to be a better buddy

Course Prerequisites 

You must be at least 15 years old. Due to our location and sites used we cannot currently enrol anyone under this age onto most of our courses. Please speak to us about alternative options for younger divers.

Course prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver (or higher) or equivalent from another recognised agency (please speak to us before booking) and completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within 24 months.

It is also recommended that you complete the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course beforehand so that you have better awareness of trim.

Equipment & Extra Cost

By this stage you should have your own dive gear. Only hire weights and cylinders are included in the course cost. If you need to borrow other equipment we charge £15 per person/per course for complete kit hire.

Any specialist equipment used will be provided as part of the course. We may suggest additional gear to assist with your buddy's particular needs.

We offer discount on TUSA, Waterproof, TovaTec and Beaver Sports gear and equipment. We can have this ready for you ahead of your course. Chat to us before hand to discover what we have in stock or to order in your preferred colour!

After the course...

If you like to support others then you'll love being a PADI Rescue Diver if your already a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. You'll learn how to deal with diver emergencies, putting plans in to place and dealing with incidents as they occur.

Are you a PADI Rescue Diver already? Then if you're thinking about how you adapt your approach to get the best from others then the PADI Divemaster course could be perfect for you

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Certain health conditions, medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a doctor before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a doctor’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. You can find this on the About page of our website under 'key info'. Only medical professionals can give clearance to dive. In the case of the UK this is a specialist area and you may need to speak to a HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs)

If you (or your doctor) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN) or a HSE AMED.

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