Scuba Diving. Two words that conjure up thoughts of mystery and adventure. Who has not been surprised at the vast variety of underwater life forms when watching a film of the underwater world? And who has not longed since childhood to witness this century old eco system first hand?
The primary IAHD courses are entry-level courses that have been developed specifically for people with physical or mental disabilities who have little or no experience in the underwater world. Every course is adapted for each individual trainee to meet their level of knowledge of dive theory and their specific physical abilitiest.
During the various theory modules, the trainee learns about diving equipment and how the body reacts and adapts to the underwater environment. The trainee has the opportunity to use the Internet-based D-Learning system, and thus study in their own time, when and where it suits them. They can also contact the Dive Instructor at any time by email if the they have any questions, so there is no need to wait until a theory lesson is held at the dive centre.
During the practical sessions, the trainee will, together with a IAHD Instructor, dive in a swimming pool, confined water or the open water, to learn how to use dive equipment, how to behave in an underwater environment and to experience the freedom and weightlessness of the breath-taking underwater world.
The so called "Partner-Level" system applies to all IAHD primary courses. During the course, it is determined exactly what the trainee can and can not do and this determines the number of divers and their required certification levels that are required to escort the disabled diver. This method ensures that virtually all people with physical or mental disabilities can become an internationally certified diver and enjoy diving safely.
The primary scuba courses in the IAHD system are:
The recreational specialty programs of WOSD are developed to gain more advanced understanding in a specific diving activity.
During a recreational specialty program normal compressed air is used as a breathing gas and a direct ascent to the surface is always possible.
The courses that IAHD provide are not limited to courses specifically for the disabled and related Instructor courses.
There are also courses for non-diver family members and friends. In addition, courses are available to teach divers how to assist and escort disabled divers.
Depending on the course you will be told how you should assist a disabled diver in order to make the dive experience for him or her even more enjoyable. You can use the Internet-based D-Learning system, and thus study in your own time, when and where it suits you. You can also contact the Dive Instructor at any time by email if you they have any questions, so there is no need to wait until a theory lesson is held at the dive centre.
The partner courses in the IAHD system are: