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 abilities.
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.