Who we are...
AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS is a non-profit organization sponsored and supported by HANDICAPPED SCUBA ASSOCIATION which continues to develop programs, conduct training, provide equipment, and assign volunteer staff to ALL organizations requesting the opportunity to facilitate the Adaptive SCUBA Programs for the purposes of community outreach activities; providing all participants with a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence, and independence.
Our purpose is to provide aquatic therapy and rehabilitation for the benefit of military veterans, people living with disabilities, and other special needs groups for the purposes of social interaction, life enrichment, and rehabilitation. We also provide qualified volunteers and logistical support to other non-profit groups with similar missions.
The Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA), founded in the 1980s, is the leader in disabled dive training. HSA operates as an independent training and certifying agency; and offers programs in conjunction with PADI, NAUI, SDI, and SSI. Handicapped Scuba Association’s program was developed at the University of California-Irvine and is recognized by the Council for National Cooperation in Aquatics (CNCA), Undersea Medical Society (UMS), and Our World Underwater (OWU) which together formed the basis for the Physical Performance Standards used today in the Multilevel Certification for Divers with Disabilities and Veteran Rehabilitation.
AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS, under the direction of Executive Director Worth O’Brien, offers SCUBA lessons and courses. Individuals with disabilities, both physical and psychological challenges that might otherwise be discouraged from being active, are given the opportunity of diving. These classes are taught with the utmost attention to safety and consideration of the participant. The instruction techniques utilized have evolved over decades of accomplished teaching and research, resulting in a learning experience that is safer and fun! Multilevel student certification enables AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS to train individuals with all types of disabilities, impairments, or challenges. Participation of such aquatic activities has resulted in stronger social activity interaction, physical rehabilitation, and positive life changing attitudes.
AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS volunteer staff are trained as Buddy Disability Trained Divers. Buddy Disability Training (BDT) is a 30-hour curriculum in Medical and Empathy Training. Course curriculum consists of Medical Training in cognitive disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; physical disabilities such as Amputations, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Diabetes Mellitus, Hearing-Impaired, Sight-Impaired, and Spinal Cord Injuries. Course curriculum consists of Empathy Training in which simulating disability types while performing typically problematic exercises helps participants develop the skills and sensitivity needed to assist divers with disabilities. Buddy Divers learn new methods of communication such as tactile and sign language while simulating Blindness, Paraplegia, and Quadriplegia. This training empowers our all-volunteer Staff to be prepared and confident to assist the needs of our communities’ disabled and disabled organizations in SCUBA.
AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS requests your support in assisting, facilitating, providing, and sponsoring our communities Disabled and Veteran divers through this project. Courses, activities, and events are conducted monthly. Your support can help to provide our communities Disabled and Veterans with facilitating the rehabilitation process and promote mobility, as well as provide the skill and confidence to pursue diving as a lifelong activity. Visit our donation page to donate today! Also, check out our sponsorship opportunities that will provide positive exposure for your business advertising!