PADI ADAPTIVE TECHNIQUES SPECIALTY

 

With the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course you focus on increasing awareness of varying diver abilities. Furthermore you also explore adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers. 

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course

This rather new program provides PADI Professionals with additional tools to help students of varied abilities meet course performance requirements. Consequently PADI’s Adaptive Techniques Specialty does not create a new set of standards for existing PADI programs.

Instead, instructors learn how a simple technique change can allow many divers to meet performance requirements and earn a PADI certification.

Scuba and freediving have proven therapeutic benefits for individuals with disabilities. PADI Professionals have a long and successful history of working with divers with disabilities. Now they can adapting training for divers with mental or physical challenges.

PADI’s approach to diver education is (and always has been) inclusive: Everyone who meets a course’s prerequisites is welcome to enroll. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course builds on that foundation by enhancing the training PADI Professionals receive. It also prepares them for student-centered and prescriptive approaches when adapting techniques to meet diver needs.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course focuses on increasing awareness of varying abilities. You will also explores adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers. 

PADI ADAPTIVE TECHNIQUES SPECIALTY

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course will help PADI Professionals:

  • Become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving or freediving.
  • Explore adaptive techniques that can be applied while supervising and training divers or freedivers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs.
  • Properly counsel and direct student divers. This is done based on their abilities, toward PADI certification, PADI experience programs or a disabilities-dedicated diving organization for limited certification programs.
  • Learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage student divers with mental and/or physical challenges.

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course

 

 

The course consists of knowledge development, two confined water skill development workshops and two open water workshops. 

PADI Divemasters or PADI Master Freedivers who have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care course within 24 months are eligible to take the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course.

In addition, a subset of this course, PADI Adaptive Support Diver, will interest divers who want to learn how they can best support dive buddies who have physical or mental challenges.