About the Course
Are you a PADI Professional who wants to become more aware of individual considerations when working with people who have physical or mental challenges?
PADI Professionals have a long and successful history of working with divers with disabilities. PADI's approach to diver education is (and always has been) inclusive: Everyone who meets a course's prerequisites is welcome to enrol. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course builds on that foundation by enhancing the training PADI Professionals receive, and preparing them for student-centred and prescriptive approaches when adapting techniques to meet diver needs.
The course consists of knowledge development, two confined water skill development workshops and two open water workshops. In addition, a subset of this course, PADI Adaptive Support Diver, will interest divers who want to learn how they can best support dive buddies who have physical or mental challenges.
The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course focuses on increasing awareness of varying abilities, and explores adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers.
Why take this course
Become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving or freediving.
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.
What you'll learn
Explore adaptive techniques that can be applied while supervising and training divers or freedivers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs.
Learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage student divers with mental and/or physical challenges.
You must be at least 18 years old.
Course prerequisites: PADI Divemaster's or PADI Master Freedivers who have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within 24 months are eligible to take the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course.
Equipment & Extra Cost
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 teaching 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...
As a PADI Divemaster or PADI Master Freediver your next step is Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor courses which are available from our recommended professional provider over at ProDive UK. You'll learn under the guidance of a Platinum Course Director (you literally cant get any higher!) and make connections for life through both our businesses.
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.