The PADI Adaptive Techniques program is an incredible way to facilitate scuba diving being achieved by all.
Around the world there are plenty of people who would love to get involved with scuba diving, but feel it is not something they would be able to do, either due to physical challenges or learning difficulties. Thankfully there are now many companies and charities which are striving to prove this belief wrong. Together with the PADI Adaptive Techniques program there are many who have broken through barriers and are the proud owners of PADI certification cards.
Recently, staff from the PADI EMEA Office and PADI Members from the UK completed the Deptherapy Education Course followed by the PADI Adaptive Techniques Instructor Course. Everyone involved found it to be a very rewarding and eye opening course with some stating that it was the best diving course they had ever taken!
Kerrie Eade, PADI Course Director and owner of Ocean Turtle Diving said – “I can honestly say it was the most eye opening course I’ve ever taken – the depth of knowledge and integrity that Richard was able to share was extraordinary, and Terry delivered the course in a way which made it really clear… Brilliantly interactive right from the outset in the classroom session, to the pool and then on to open water.”
To assist us on the course was Andy Searle, an army veteran who lost both legs during an IED explosion. Andy’s passion for diving is palpable and his capabilities both in and next to the water are second to none. Andy has completed his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, a number of PADI Speciality Courses and is on his way to completing his PADI Rescue Diver Course later this year! Without question – Andy is inspirational and proof that ‘You Can!’
The new way of approaching students, dive sites and delivery of skills was both interesting and, at times, challenging for the PADI Adaptive Techniques Speciality Candidates. The more experienced we become as Instructors the more we can become a little ‘stuck in our ways’ and only teach ‘our’ way, rather than finding out the best way the student will learn.
Kerrie Eade stated – “I cannot wait to teach this course myself, to train up other instructors to broaden their perspectives and look at old habits from a totally different angle.”