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7.10. SCUBA diving

Handicapped SCUBA Association

The Handicapped Scuba Association has dedicated itself to improving the physical and social well-being of people with
disabilities through the sport of scuba diving.
•To improve the health and fitness of people with disabilities by challenging their physical abilities and endurance;
•To improve the quality of life of people with disabilities by providing opportunities to actively participate in a
 mainstream sport;
•To "level the playing field" between people with disabilities and their able bodied peers by facilitating access to a
 sport that they, and others, thought was not possible; To motivate people with disabilities into pursuing other life
 challenges (education, employment, travel, sports) by allowing them to achieve at a sport that many people cannot;
•To profile the abilities and potential of people with disabilities to mainstream society.

Made up of over 4000 underwater educators, scuba divers with disabilities and supporting members, located in over 45
countries, the Handicapped Scuba Association is dedicated to assuring that people with disabilities are given the same
opportunity to receive quality training, certification and dive adventures as the able bodied population.

Welcome to the world of diving!

Contact: Web Contact Form

SEE ATTACHED HSA PDF for more history on the HSA

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Adaptive SCUBA diving Association and additional resources

More:

National Ocean Access Project
410 Severn Ave., Suite 306
Annapolis, MD  21403

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Diveheart adaptive SCUBA

Mission-To build confidence, independence and self-esteem in the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities through scuba diving, scuba therapy and related activities.

Vision-To instill the “can do” spirit in participants, inspiring them to take on challenges that they may not have considered before. Using zero gravity and the adventure paradigm, we help participants believe that if they can scuba dive they can do anything.

Contact: info@diveheart.org

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FREE-DAPTIVE DIVERS (MN) is an association of scuba divers in the Twin Cities that may be of interest to some of your readers who have adaptive needs.

Some of our activities include:
-Planning trips to warm-water destinations
-Teaching people with special adaptive needs how to scuba dive
-Introducing non-divers to a sport that is truly an "equalizer"
-Offering try-it-and-see-if-you-like-it pool sessions
-Hosting social events
-Answering a myriad of questions about the possibility of adaptive scuba diving

The Board of Directors is comprised of business professionals, educators, and scuba divers, and includes persons with physically adaptive needs.

To read personal testimonials, or to get a detailed list of what to pack, or what to expect, when planning that next warm-water vacation, or to view divers experiencing the freedom of underwater exploration instead of being confined to their wheelchairs, check out the FREE-DAPTIVE DIVERS website: freedaptive.org.

If you or any of your clients have questions, please do not hesitate to inquire at freedaptive@gmail.com

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Cody Unser-First Step Foundation

Mission-

The Cody Unser First Step Foundation is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising research funds, public awareness and quality of life for those afflicted with all forms of spinal cord-related paralysis. The Foundation will also address the cause, rehabilitation, prevention and cure for Transverse Myelitis, and freely affiliate with other medical, charitable and corporate entities to achieve these goals.
Operation Deep Down

Operation Deep Down is the Military branch of Cody Unser's Great Scuba Adventures. Our program is designed to use
Scuba Diving as a tool for therapeutic and psychological value to help heal the wounds of our vets by showing them
what they can do instead what they cannot.

Operation Deep Down will provide training and certification for disabled veterans and their chosen dive buddy
from start to finish, ending in the open water on one of Cody's Great Scuba Adventures.
 
Operation Deep Down will also freely affiliate with other dive programs, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and
military groups or agencies to share knowledge and collaborate with the dive industry to continue to improve adaptive
diving for the disabled community.
 
Our goal is simply to help reintegrate our wounded service men and women back into society changing their lives one
dive at a time.

Contact: Web Contact Form

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AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS (Toll Free: (877) AQUA-TAG) is a non-profit organization sponsored and supported by HANDICAPPED SCUBA ASSOCIATION which continues to develop programs, conduct training, provide equipment, and assign staff to ALL organizations requesting the opportunity to facilitate the Adaptive SCUBA Programs for the purposes of community outreach activities; providing all participants with a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence, and independence.

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Freedon Divers International
Phone: 815-528-7753
Dedicated to enhancing the physical, as well as the mental well being of wounded soldiers, disabled persons, and their families, We work to develop an outlet for family bonding, by providing the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the weightlessness of our underwater world, and the freedom this allows those with disabilities to interact with others in a way they may have never had otherwise. Our purpose is to provide a constant in training for scuba diving for persons with disabilities.



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