This training program has been developed for both divers and non-dive who intend to assist divers with a physical or mental disability, at the waters edge.
Divers with physical or mental disabilities are often accompanied by friends or family members, who bring them and their equipment to and from the dive site, help them kit-up, etc. After following this program, non-divers may actively participate in dive planning and help other divers, performing useful and enjoyable tasks. Following the dive, the IAHD diver and the Surface Support Specialist can discuss the dive and share their experiences.
The IAHD “Surface Support Specialist” course is comprised of the following modules:
In this module you learn about the various items of dive equipment, including how they function and how a scuba set should be assembled. In addition, you learn how to plan dives. Various aids and medical-related situations are also covered.
In this module you learn how to help a diver with a physical or mental disability, to enter and exit the water. You also learn more about dive planning and emergency procedures.
• Minimum 16 years of age;
• Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
ADDITIONALLY, THE FOLLOWING IS RECOMMENDED:
• Certified DAN Basic Life Support provider or equivalent First Aid and CPR certification (ask your instructor for training opportunities);
• Certified DAN Oxygen Provider or equivalent medical oxygen administering certification (ask your instructor for training opportunities).
• Assist divers with a physical or mental disability at the waters edge;
• Assemble and de-assemble scuba sets for divers with a physical or mental disability.