The course covers a variety of scenarios, including diving with people who have reduced mobility because they are paralyzed or amputees, as well as supporting divers who are blind or who have hidden disabilities. The program focuses on what people can do rather than what they cannot do. An important component of the specialty is educating students about the experience of divers with disabilities, to help them understand what it’s like to dive using adaptive techniques. Many students take the course to support a particular person in their life, and our instructors can work with them on the specific skills they require.
You Will Learn To
The PADI Adaptive Support Diver curriculum includes knowledge reviews and land-based practice, along with two confined-water sessions and two open-water dives. Divers learn skills like how to carry a person to the water, help them enter the water, and assist them with equipment. They also learn in-water skills like making descents and ascents, and guiding a diver at depth.
The specialty can be taken by any Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old and has completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within the past two years. We also recommend the Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver course for improved trim and buoyancy.
How to start?
Contact us to discuss your needs and requirements. Complete the knowledge development section of your course when it's convenient for you.
With Your Instructor
You will complete two confined-water sessions and two open-water dives with our instructors. During which time we will work with you to teach you adaptive skills.
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification) and current EFR within the last two years.
Recommended: Peak Performance Buoyancy
Total time commitment: 2-3 days
Minimum age: 15 years or older
Ready to start?
Contact us to start.