Who says that people with a handicap are not able to dive..? The Adaptive teaching with Just Scuba in Cyprus opens a complete new world for people with disabilities. A few weeks ago the Dive Centre in Pernera took a remarkable young man with severe Cerebral Palsy on his first PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience.
While Cerebral Palsy (pronounced seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) is a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.
Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is the result of a brain injury or a brain malformation. Individuals with Cerebral Palsy were most likely born with the condition, although some acquire it later.
It was once thought that Cerebral Palsy was caused by complications during the birthing process. While this does happen, it is now widely agreed that birthing complications account for only a small percentage, an estimated 10 percent, of Cerebral Palsy cases.
Current research suggests the majority of Cerebral Palsy cases result from abnormal brain development or brain injury prior to birth or during labor and delivery. Accidents, abuse, medical malpractice, negligence, infections, and injury are some known risk factors that may lead to Cerebral Palsy.
The young man is called Mohammad Alndies and comes from Goteborg in Sweden. He is 23 years old with severe Cerebral Palsy and could not speak any English. Filippos, the Assistant Instructor from Just Scuba is half Swedish – so he did the briefing with the family.
Mohammad´s mum and dad signed up for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience as well, so that they can get pictures together with their son underwater.
Just Scuba are having a great experience with Disabled divers from all over the world. Just recently they had a visit from Angie Hamilton from Royston in Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Angie is double amputee and she loved every second of diving with the Just Scuba Team.
Who is Just Scuba and why do they have such experienced Instructors who know how to handle handicapped Students?
Daryl Hales, the Partner of Just Scuba got into being with people with disabilities when he was 6, after his mother had a severe stroke, and became triplegia – losing the use of both legs and her left arm. His mother had to have years of therapeutic treatment that included “Centres”; places where self-minded people came together. This is where he became involved with Physical and mentally impaired people.
Daryl started his diving career with PADI back in 1994, and BSAC in 1996, stayed with both agencies for many years.
He then retired in 2012, with the age of 50 (after selling his company) to concentrate on teaching recreational diving, but again he found very little has changed regarding teaching people with disabilities, so he went to Denmark and trained with DDI.
In March 2014, Daryl and his wife Jo – decided to move to Cyprus and took over the partnership with Just Scuba. This step released the restraints for his desire to introduce people with disabilities into the world of diving. Just Scuba is a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre and as such, Daryl wanted to maintain using the PADI system and use the “Adaptive training techniques” that allow instructors to teach people with disabilities….
With assistance from the wonderful PADI team in Bristol and with the continued support from the PADI Regional Manager, this had allowed Daryl and the company to help people with disabilities to achieve their dreams…
Daryl and the team from Just Scuba have only one dream; the hope to make Just Scuba, one day, a PADI Disabled Dive Centre.
Thanks guys for all your passion. The world needs more people like you!
Did you ever thought to become a PADI Instructor and change your life for good…?Then Get your PADI Instructor in Cyprus!
But where is Cyprus?
Sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” the island of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. After Sicily and Sardinia, it is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
The total population on the island is around 900´000 people of which about 200´000 live in northern Cyprus.
It is a beautiful island – scented with wonderful aroma of wild jasmine, with mountain peaks stretching to over 6000 feet, long stretches of sand beaches and turquoise coloured sea.
The surrounding Mediterranean Sea has a great visibility between 20-40m and there are only mild currents.
There are direct flights pretty much every day from every capital in Europe to Larnaca or to Paphos. The flight time varies from 3 – 5 hours (obviously it depends from where in Europe you are flying from).
But why Cyprus?
Cyprus is, as mentioned above already, very easy accessible and it is in Europe. Cyprus is a very safe place compared to other destinations. Believe it or not, but this is what the people are looking for in these crazy world of the unrest and all the politics.
No visas are required for EU citizens or CH – nationals. Cyprus offers a subtropical climate – which reaches in August a water temperature of 30 Degrees Celsius and 33 – 35 Degrees Celsius Air temperature.
The Diving in Cyprus is fantastic. It is perfect for beginners, but also for experienced Divers. Cyprus offers great visibility, no currents, warm water and very professional PADI Dive Centres.
And therefore Cyprus is the perfect location to become a PADI Pro!
There are 50x PADI Dive Centres all over Cyprus. All of them offer PADI Beginner courses, PADI Advanced and PADI Specialty courses. You can even become a PADI Divemaster in every PADI Dive Centre, but only a handful are teaching Instructor Courses. You can find PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centres all over Cyprus from Paphos to Protaras and from Kyrenia to Larnaca.
PADI schedules every year in the following month the PADI Instructor Examination:
But with this article I would like to introduce you as well to the top of the Food Chain – to the resident PADI Course Directors in Cyprus:
Coral Bay Divers in Coral Bay – Paphos
The owner of the only PADI Career Development Centre in Cyprus, Coral Bay Divers, is PADI Course Director, Jurg Dahler – who is originally from Switzerland. Jurg runs 4x Instructor Development courses every year and is therefore the most successful PADI Course Director in Cyprus. This shows also his Gold Course Director Status which he receives from PADI pretty much every year – as a recognition for his dedication, commitment and for all his effort.
With a Job opportunity to manage a Dive Centre, Jurg moved to Cyprus in 2001. In March 2002 he decided to bring his knowledge and professionalism to a higher level and became a PADI Course Director. 2006 was the year where everything changed and Jurg decided that it is time to be his own Boss and became the owner of Coral Bay Divers, which is located in Coral Bay – Paphos.
Jurg loves to teach IDC´s because of the versatility of the candidates and the motivations to become a diving instructor.
Please contact Jurg Dahler directly if you want to get more information about his IDC´s and why you should get your PADI Instructor in Cyprus!
The owner of Sunfish Divers is the only female Course Director in Cyprus – Dena Asimenou.
Dena was born 1974 in Cyprus and she loves her Country very much. Obviously, as a Diver she loves the surrounding sea and the fantastic weather, which invites her to dive all year around.
She started Diving back in 1996 and was so addicted to diving that she decided to become a professional Diver and started to work as a full time PADI Instructor in 1998. Just seven years later, in 2005, she became the owner of Sunfish Divers which is located on the main Boulevard in Agia Napa. Dena became a PADI Course Director in 2008 and shortly after that, Sunfish Divers became a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre.
Out of the amazing varieties of professional PADI courses – to teach IDC´s is her favourite professional course. She comes across different behavioural changes when people are under stress and she still learns many different things from her Candidates during an IDC. Dena never wears her CD badge and she never shows her Course Director card when she is diving abroad. Dena like to keep a low profile and she strongly believes that you don’t gain respect from what you say but from what you do.
Please contact Dena Asimenou directly if you want to get more information about her IDC´s and why you should get your PADI Instructor in Cyprus!
The owner of Easy Divers is PADI Course Director Joey Ridge. Joey came to Cyprus in 1995 looking for the perfect place. With its mild winters and hot summers, it makes Cyprus the perfect place to dive all year round. The underwater marine life is not the red sea, but it will impress you with its marine life and an abundance of turtles. Cyprus has some of the most perfect crystal clear sea water. Underwater visibility can be 40 meters and average of about 20 metres – That´s why Joey choose Cyprus.
He started Easy Divers in Cyprus from scratch, and grew it to be one of the best PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre in Cyprus. In 2007, Joey decided to move up the PADI Career ladder and did his Course Director course in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Joey really loves to teach PADI IDC´s! He gets a great achievement of working with people and defining them to become PADI Professionals.
Becoming a Dive Professional is a Life Changing Experience! “It’s a life transformation of yours and those you teach. For the love and passion of the sea and the joy and fulfilment on the faces of your students. Imagine a Job where you go to work in your shorts and bikinis? That’s why I love my job!”
Please contact Joey Ridge directly if you want to get more information about his IDC´s and why you should get your PADI Instructor in Cyprus!
Hubert Boehm, alias Herbie, is the most experienced PADI Course Director in Cyprus and also the owner of the PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre “Herbies Diving Paradise”. Herbies Diving Paradise was officially opened in 1990. In 1994, Hubert decided to become a PADI Course Director and the Dive Centre became a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre.
Hubert moved Herbies Diving Paradise to a new location back in January 2002. You will find the current location of the Dive Centre just around the corner from Anastasia Beach Hotel at Pernera street 36.
Herbies Diving Paradise was always following the PADI Slogan: “PADI, the way the World learns to dive” by offering PADI Programs and PADI Courses from beginner to professional level, adhering to all Standards and making diving real Fun for our customers. Since 1994 they are also conducting beside all non-Leadership Courses at least 4 Instructor Courses, Emergency First Responder Instructor Courses, Specialty Instructor Courses, Master Scuba Diver Trainer Courses und IDC Staff Instructor Courses. The aim of Hubert Boehm was always and still is: Quality comes before Quantity.
Please contact Hubert Boehn directly if you want to get more information about his IDC´s and why you should get your PADI Instructor in Cyprus.
Cengiz Topel Bergun, is the only PADI Course Director in Northen Cyprus. He was born and raised in Cyprus, but lived for many years in England. Cengiz has taught in England at one of the busiest and most reputable dive centres on the south coast of England, Newhaven Scuba Centre.
He became a PADI Course Director in 2012 and is enjoying to teach PADI IDC courses since.
“Since, when I opened my dive centre, I am always enjoying to teach any level of PADI courses, from bubble makers up to Instructor level, but my favourite course to teach is the PADI Instructor Development course.
Please contact Cengiz Bergun directly if you want to get more information about his IDC´s and why you should get your PADI Instructor in Cyprus!