PADI DSD event breaks disabilities barriers

At the end of November, a group of PADI Instructors, in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, gathered together and organized a Discover Scuba Diving event for people with special needs.

The aim of the event was to foster participant’s confidence in their abilities as well as providing basic information about diving, the training involved but most important …to share how scuba diving can help those with the most serious of physical injuries!

Twelve adults and two children from different regions of Saudi Arabia attended the event.

Here some testimonials:

Mazen Zahrani, 14 years old:
“Thanks to God and with the support of my mother, I was able to overcome these obstacles … it was a successful experience by all means and will allow me to experience other possibilities in life” 

Mazen’s mother commented:
“It was the dream of my dreams to see Mazen diving; I was very happy when I heard about a diving program for people with special needs: my happiness increased when I saw him in the water and I saw the ecstatic joy bursting out of him’.

Laila Al-Khawaja, mother of 13 years old Rawan Al-Khawaja:
“I do not want her to feel different from the rest of her peers. She is capable of doing everything and she will do an amazing job if we encourage her as well as the community …. diving helped to increase her strengths and determination but also contributed to the elimination of fear …which is our first concern “

Khalid al-Aqeel:
“What an experience: after the diving experience I felt like movement in my feet”

Muhsin Al-Ismail:
“Wonderful and unique, I would like to send a message to all members of society that there is no such thing as impossible: we are able to succeed in any area of service to society and the nation”

Hani Al-Nasser:
“I hope that diving will become a recognized sport for the special needs people and give them the opportunity to dive more”.

Abdullah Al Shahrani:
“We never expected that those who were not able to walk on their feet would be able to experience diving; I thought that only those with feet and legs are able to dive, I would repeat it whenever I have the opportunity”.

Congratulations to all the partecipants to the event:

1.         Mamdouh AlBalawi -KSA- Tabuk.
2.         Jafar Al-Hleil -KSA- Qatif.
3.         Khalid Al – Aqeel -KSA- Riyadh.
4.         Mohammed Al-Assadi -KSA- Riyadh.
5.         Abdullah Al-Shahrani -KSA- Riyadh.
6.         Mohammed Al-Ghazawi -KSA- Qatif.
7.         Bassam Al-Ruwaili -KSA- Arar.
8.         Abdullah Al-Qallaf -KSA- Sihat.
9.         Amr Dawood -KSA- Riyadh 
10.       Mazen Mohammed -KSA- Qatif.
11.       Yousef Jamea -KSA- Riyadh.
12.       Hani Al – Nasser -KSA- Qatif.
13.       Rawan AlKhawaja
14.       Mazen AlZahrani

And special thanks to all the PADI members involved:

Kasim Saeed – PADI Master Instructor
Mohammed Abo-Abdullah – PADI instructor
Hussain AlAbbas – PADI instructor
Aqeel AlKhamis – PADI instructor
Abdullah AlSadiq – PADI instructor
Ali AlSalim –PADI Assistant instructor
Ali AlBahrani – PADI Divemaster

WELL DONE …KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!