WHAT DOES AQUANAUTS DO? In our mission statement you discovered that AQUANAUTS - ADAPTIVE SCUBA PROGRAMS helps build confidence and independence in children, adults and veterans with disabilities through the sport of SCUBA diving and related activities...
But the AQUANAUTS vision and activities encompass much more…
THE AQUANAUTS VISION... It is our hope to bring the disabled dive industry up to the level of the disabled ski industry by 2020.For example: fifty or more years ago if an individual in a wheelchair rolled up to a ski resort in Colorado and wanted to downhill ski, there were no opportunities. Today, many ski resorts and operators around the world cater to skiers with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to experience the excitement of Alpine skiing.We believe that as individuals with disabilities discover that SCUBA diving is an activity that they can easily participate in, the tide will rise and the growing demand will necessitate that dive retailers, manufacturers, instructors, operators and resorts recognize and meet the need.
THE AQUANAUTS STRATEGY TO REALIZE THIS VISION:
FACILITATE NEW DISABLED DIVE PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD... Outreach is an important part of the AQUANAUTS strategy to grow disabled diving worldwide.This is accomplished by training instructors, dive buddies, store operators and supportStaff in the ways of not only instructing and working with disabled divers, but byengaging community leaders and local business support to become part of the program in their area.
ACT AS A REFERRAL SERVICE TO EXISTING DISABLED DIVE PROGRAMS... Once AQUANAUTS has helped to facilitate a new disabled dive program either in conjunction with local dive stores, dive clubs or resorts those organizations become the beneficiary of referrals from HANDICAPPED SCUBA ASSOCIATION and AQUANAUTS - ADAPTIVE SCUBA PROGRAMS.Both able-bodied instructors and buddies, as well as, individuals with disabilities wanting to learn to dive are referred by AQUANAUTS.
CONSULT,SUPPORT & BUILD NEW DISABLED DIVE PROGRAMS... One of the things that makes AQUANAUTS unique in the world of disabled diving is its ability to provide new AQUANAUTS facilitated programs on the ground support before, during and after AQUANAUTS training that includes free consulting with any and all local community and business partners including service organizations, media, veterans groups and the medical community.It is this unique AQUANAUTS training model that is responsible for successful new disabled dive programs around the globe.
PROMOTE DISABLED DIVING TO THE WORLD... Consumer and professional dive industry shows, medical and rehabilitation associations, and service organizations from coast to coast are attended by AQUANAUTS volunteers who help spread the word as to the benefits of disabled diving both for individuals with disabilities and for the dive industry.
SUPPORT OTHER EXISTING DISABLED DIVE PROGRAMS... Another thing that truly sets AQUANAUTS apart from other organizations in the disabled dive industry is that AQUANAUTS acts as an umbrella organization attempting to support, promote and link to other disabled dive programs regardless of reciprocity.
FACILITATE DIVE TRIPS & OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR DISABLED DIVERS... AQUANAUTS does not discriminate when it comes to disabilities.Children, adults and veterans with any type of disability are welcome to participate in AQUANAUTS - ADAPTIVE SCUBA PROGRAMS local, regional, national and international dive trips (with supporting medical authorization).These trips are supported by incredible AQUANAUTS volunteers who travel from around the world to participate.