Adaptive Training is the very foundation of our scuba community, accommodating a diver’s individual needs and training, while improving quality of life through adaptation. The Blue Horizons Dive Center Adaptive Scuba Training Program is centered on a PADI-based curriculum that works in concert with Handicapped Scuba Association-approved training. Our goal is to enrich and to rehabilitate lives, as we build stronger social interactions through scuba diving.
Dedicated compassion is at the core of our program, providing the benefits of aquatic therapy, recreation and rehabilitation to military veterans and people with unique abilities.
For an individual who is suffering from a major injury, the effect can be devastating. Not only does the injury affect that person’s physical well-being, but his or her mental health as well.
There are numerous therapies available, depending on the injury. Research supports the therapeutic successes of scuba diving, citing scuba’s outstanding benefits for people who have unique abilities & needs.
The therapeutic impacts of scuba are unique, and cannot be replicated on land. For example, the weightlessness of being in the aquatic realm may help patients exercise with greater comfort. Mental & emotional benefits can also be elevated through the ability to better focus in water, by removing external distractions. Divers will be in control, while feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
As the injured deal with new challenges, they many times choose isolation over interaction—seeking distance from loved ones and colleagues. There is a dynamic social perspective to be found in scuba.
At BHDC, we offer introductory-level certifications, as well as opportunities for continuing education. We also have discovery experiences for individuals unsure about a full-certification course. It is all about balance, equilibrium through adaptation. Water is that equilibrium, creating endless possibilities and potential for the eager and curious diver.
Whether a person was injured by accident, as the result of disease, or is a veteran of war, scuba diving may help. Take the plunge, and witness it for yourself.
*Grants are available for registered Wounded Warrior Alumni. Please contact Blue Horizons Dive Center for details.
Training programs for people with disabilities have a high margin of safety and patience. We use teaching techniques developed from more than 30 years of continuous research and feedback. Disabled students are trained and certified according to HSA physical performance and multilevel certification requirements.
Physical performance requirements are the required skills that must be performed for certification. Diver training agencies employ these requirements to ensure consistent training that produces safe, comfortable divers. Performance requirements are specific to divers with disabilities.
These requirements are among the top performance requirements in the diving industry, including 'additional' requirements that are designed to ensure complete, fully qualified, safe and trained divers.
This is a performance-based method of assessing and accommodating the disabled diver's special needs.
Only the buddy system is affected by this certification procedure. All other sport diving requirements and activities are the same for any diver.
The multilevel certification system is for the protection and safety of all dive team members. The third dive buddy in the dive team is not for the B level or C level diver. They are there for the other A Level or above dive buddy.
The student has successfully challenged all of the HSA physical performance requirements, demonstrating that he or she can safely scuba dive, solve basic personal emergencies, help another diver in distress, as well as perform basic rescues. The diver has shown that he can perform the skills required to be an effective buddy, and is certified to dive with one other certified scuba diver.
The student has successfully challenged those HSA physical performance requirements that demonstrate an ability to safely scuba dive, and to solve basic emergencies. The student is, however, unable to successfully challenge those performance requirements that demonstrate an ability to help another diver in distress.
The LEVEL B diver is certified to scuba dive with two dive buddies who are certified in Open Water Level A or above. In the case of an emergency, this system will provide an effective dive buddy for all members of the dive team.
The student has successfully challenged those HSA physical performance requirements that demonstrate an ability to safely scuba dive. The student is, however, unable to successfully challenge those performance requirements that demonstrate an ability to independently solve basic personal emergencies, or to execute basic scuba skills, such as swimming underwater, and operating a buoyancy control device (BCD) to descend.
The skills that must be performed by the student, such as operating a BCD to descend, requires the assisting buddy to have professional skills. The student is certified to dive with two dive buddies, one who is certified Level A or above, and an HSA dive buddy or, at a minimum, a certified rescue diver.
Please, contact a Blue Horizons Training Consultant for details. Call to schedule your class today, or click the e-mail button, below.
Scuba Tune-Up classes are conducted every first Saturday of each month. Call to schedule your class, today or send us an e-mail.
Are you a certified diver who hasn’t been able to get in the water enough —too much work, not enough play?
Join us on the first Saturday of each month (excludes December and January) for $10 Bubbles and a Beer. For $10, any certified diver can join us in the pool. Tank is included. Don’t have your own gear yet? For another $10 you will get an entire scuba kit to use.
Cylinder and weights are included with first $10.
Right after the event, we will head to one of the local watering holes/restaurants to grab a beer, some food & hang out. The restaurant will be a family-friendly establishment, welcoming those who can drink beer, as well as those who can only drink root beer. For those who want to drink beer, proper ID and legal age are required.
Come as often as you like; we would love to see you. Blowing bubbles is always a great time, even if it’s just in the pool. Please call to sign up so we know how many are coming.
Event costs include scuba-related activities, only.
Private dates are available for all courses — by appointment.
Please, contact our Blue Horizons Course Director's Office for details, or click the e-mail button, below.