Want to be a buddy and help disabled divers?
Join us for a talk with the Handicapped Scuba Association of South Africa – they will be joining us on the 12th of September to share with you a little bit more about disabled diving, where it started, how one can support & the benefits of joining as a disabled dive buddy.
If you are unable to join us for the talk please read the info below on the actual course on becoming a Disable Dive Buddy:
A brief background on this course:
Many of us know someone, a friend or family member, we’d like to involve in scuba diving. Or, we’d welcome the challenge of learning about disabilities, accessibility issues and how to dive with people who have disabilities. The HSA “Dive Buddy Program” offers able-bodied divers (advanced and higher qualified) this opportunity to expand their underwater world to include sharing it with a handicapped person.
The HSA Open Water Dive Buddy certification teaches any certified divers how to become an effective partner to a disabled diver, and can be an effective complement to any scuba diving course.
During the HSA dive buddy training course, the dive buddies will receive medical information during interactive lectures, on various disabilities and special training on how to handle a disabled diver. When the practical part of the course starts, the dive buddies literally have to ‘act out’ the various disabilities, so that they can experience and have a better understanding of what a disabled person (with a specific medical condition) will experience, when under water.
This is a very enriching and rewarding dive course.
This qualification is internationally recognized-, as well as by other dive associations.
Cost: R4000 per person. It includes: manual, registration fee, certification card and air refills. Gear hire and venue entry fees excluded.
Date: 19-21 October 2018.
This is a 3 day course:
1 day theory
1 day confined dives
1 day open water dive buddy qualification dives.
This course will take place at the De Jong Diving Centre in Pretoria and your Open water dive buddy qualification dives will take place at Miracle Waters.
Word from the instructor.
“The upcoming HSA dive buddy course will be one of the most challenging, but most rewording courses you will ever do. The buddy course will not only give you the skills to dive with Handicapped and impaired people but make you a better diver yourself. This course will also break the distance we have towards handicapped people in our society and the challenges they face.
Being an HSA Instructor and buddy has changed my life dramatically. After my instructor course with Jim Gatacre in 2010, I was so moved that I started making changes in my life and diving career. After training Lolo, Heather and Otto – I decided to dedicate my diving career to handicapped diving only. I hope that you will also be moved by this course, as I was. And be the best new generation buddy divers out there.”
If you are interested in this course, please let us know ASAP – so that we can have an indication of numbers please, as we need to order the manuals. Also, please send this to anyone you think will be interested. Last date to register and pay is 30th September 2018.
After being qualified as an HSA Dive Buddy, you are welcome to join us on our next dive trip to Ponta Do Ouro, where you will be able to dive with Handicapped People – 5-10th December 2018.