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IAHD courses are taught by instructors who have specialized themselves in the education of people with a disability. These courses are given by IAHD Instructor Trainers. Would you also like to learn how to conduct these courses, please contact an IAHD Regional Manager or Instructor Trainer.

Are you a able-bodied person or do you have a physical or mental limitation and you want to learn diving with scuba equipment? Please contact one of our instructors.

Regio Managers & Instructor Trainers

  • IAHD Head Office - Gerard Oijnhausen(Managing Director / Instructor Examiner)
  • IAHD Head Office - Fred Siebers(Training Director / Instructeur Examinator)
  • Austria - Markus Fitzka
  • Curaçao / Dutch Caribbean - Hans Pleij (Instructor Trainer)
  • Egypt - Magdi Aziz (Instructeur Trainer)
  • Finland - Alex Hornborg (Instructor Trainer)
  • Germany - Freddy Gaubitz(Regio Office Germany / Instructor Trainer)
  • Germany and Turkey - Senol Kara (Instructor trainer)
  • Greece and The Netherlands - Sorayma Blouw (Instructor Trainer)
  • Italy - Stefano Fei(Regio Manager Italy / Instructor Trainer)
  • The Netherlands - Jan Rinckes (Instructor Trainer)
  • The Netherlands - Jegu Li (Instructor Trainer)
  • The Netherlands - Rob Sijmons (Instructor Trainer)
  • Spain - Pedro Navarro (Instructor Trainer)
  • South-America - Daniel Zuber(Regio Manager South-America / Instructor Trainer)
  • Turkey - Bedri Sincar (Instructor Trainer)
  • Turkey - Sinan Karabacili (Instructor Trainer)
  • IAHD Head Office - Gerard Oijnhausen(Managing Director / Instructor Examiner)

    IAHD Head Office - Gerard Oijnhausen
    (Managing Director / Instructor Examiner)

    I've started diving in 1989 and am Director of Divecenter New Atlantis in Sappemeer, the Netherlands. I am, in addition to other work, also co-owner of the IAHD (International Association for Handicapped Divers).

    It has been said about me that I am a creative and diligent man, interested in everything that involves scuba diving. This ensures that I am literally anywhere on the world, from Kenya to Finland and of Bonaire to the IJsselmeer in Netherlands.

    During my travels I’ll show what IAHD can do for instructors but also for people with disabilities. IAHD has a great prestige acquired in the diving world by the fact that everything is arranged down to the last detail so you as a diver with a limitation can dive with our certification worldwide.

    IAHD focuses specifically on people with a disability and on instructors who can train these people. This makes it possible to enjoy the overwhelming underwater world, even with a physical and/or mental limitation.

    This organization is one of my flagship products because I believe that everyone should be able to take advantage of this special activity.

  • IAHD Head Office - Fred Siebers(Training Director / Instructeur Examinator)

    IAHD Head Office - Fred Siebers
    (Training Director / Instructeur Examinator)

    I started scuba diving in Saudi Arabia in 1981.

    After I came back in 1983 to the Netherlands, I went to a local dive centre and followed every scuba course I could do. In 1989 I became scuba instructor.

    That did not stop me. I continued to follow courses to become even a better qualified instructor.

    In 1997 I became training manager of an international scuba diving organisation.

    In 2005 I started, together with Gerard Oijnhausen, our own scuba diving organisation with a goal to develop training materials and teach instructors according to the latest developments in education.

    In 2010 we did get the opportunity to acquire IAHD and started to evolve the existing materials and develop new materials to make sure that every able-bodied person and every person with a physical and/or mental disability can get to know the pleasure of scuba diving.

  • Austria - Markus Fitzka

    Austria - Markus Fitzka

    Hallo! Mein Name ist Markus Fitzka und ich bin seit 2017 IAHD Tauchlehrer.

    Ich begann meine Tauchkarriere in Wien bei einem kleinem Tauchverein, der 1988 für Rollstuhlfahrer gegründet wurde. In diesem Verein bieten wir Menschen mit allen Behinderungen die Möglichkeit in das Element Wasser einzutauchen. Dadurch kam ich zum Handicap Tauchlehrerkurs, den ich bei Gerard in Holland absolviert habe.

    Ich möchte mich weiterhin in diesem Bereich engagieren und hoffe auf viele Interessierte die mit mir diese Leidenschaft teilen.

    In diesem Sinne: Gut Luft!

  • Curaçao / Dutch Caribbean - Hans Pleij (Instructor Trainer)

    Curaçao / Dutch Caribbean - Hans Pleij (Instructor Trainer)

    Hi I'm Hans Pleij the owner of CURious2DIVE at Curacao, the only IAHD Dive center on the Island.

    As Instructor Trainer all our staff is trained to dive with whoever that want to dive.

    Our Vision:
    If you're able to breathe, you're able to dive.

    And that's what we stand for. Visit us to see...

  • Egypt - Magdi Aziz (Instructeur Trainer)

    Egypt - Magdi Aziz (Instructeur Trainer)

  • Finland - Alex Hornborg (Instructor Trainer)

    Finland - Alex Hornborg (Instructor Trainer)

    My name is Alex Hornborg and I am located in Helsinki.

    Diving has given me so much for the last 42 years. Under water the mind rests, the weightless body relaxes and we are immersed in a new dimension with boundless opportunity for discovery.

    What can be greater than to offer this to individuals who's everyday lives have been restricted due to some injury or impairment.

    I was introduced to IAHD by Gerard Oijnhausen and I am now working in Finland as an Instructor trainer, working on spreading the message that practically anyone can dive!

  • Germany - Freddy Gaubitz(Regio Office Germany / Instructor Trainer)

    Germany - Freddy Gaubitz
    (Regio Office Germany / Instructor Trainer)

    Hello everyone, my name is Freddy Gaubitz. I am born in 1960 and I am diving since 20 years. I am IAHD Instructor Trainer since 6 years and responsable as Regional Manager for Germany. I am located at the German/Dutch Border between the cities Venlo (Netherlands) and Duisburg (Germany).

    In the meantime we offer since 6 years every 14 days pool diving for people with disabilities. This regular event is known to many NGO’s who are working with people with disabilities and we have realizied a lot of Try Scuba Events with them.

    If you want to know more about diving for people with disabilities in Germany, please do not hesitate get in touch with us. The team is available for all questions.

  • Germany and Turkey - Senol Kara (Instructor trainer)

    Germany and Turkey - Senol Kara (Instructor trainer)

  • Greece and The Netherlands - Sorayma Blouw (Instructor Trainer)

    Greece and The Netherlands - Sorayma Blouw (Instructor Trainer)

    In our dive center in Turkey we were confronted on a regular basis with parents booking dives for their kids which were clearly on the autism spectrum and I knew there had to be an official better way to train and incorporate this. In 2015 I almost literally ran into Gerard Ooijnhausen, did a cross-over, and with that a long outstanding wish was fullfilled!

    From the beginning of my professional diving path I have been teaching scuba diving with the intention to produce safe and well rounded divers that practice the sport to the best of their own capabilities. How this path goes differs for each participant and is as big an adventure for me as well!

    In 2016, together with my business partner Sinan Karabacili, we coordinated a large EU Erasmus exchange project, where inclusiveness in diving was the main goal. And it became crystal clear that we can only function properly as IAHD instructors when there are enough divers that know they can learn how to dive!

    Since 2018 I am a proud IAHD instructor trainer and my focus is mainly on spreading the IAHD message, the mission to make dive sport and tourism truly inclusive and work together with my business partner Sinan Karabacili to introduce disabled divers and aspiring IAHD instructors to the Aegean waters of Turkey.
  • Italy - Stefano Fei(Regio Manager Italy / Instructor Trainer)

    Italy - Stefano Fei
    (Regio Manager Italy / Instructor Trainer)

    My name is Stefano Fei, born in 1946 under the sign of fish.

    I dive since 1962 and I am IAHD instructor Trainer and Regional Manager for Italy.

    I live in Piombino (tuscany-italy) and from my window i see the sea. Our Planet is covered by water for 70%, and this is a wonderfull world, and everybody - really everybody - must be able to enjoy it.

  • The Netherlands - Jan Rinckes (Instructor Trainer)

    The Netherlands - Jan Rinckes (Instructor Trainer)

    Getrouwd met Edith Rinckes wonende te Purmerend en in het dagelijkse directeur/eigenaar Van Elektro Technisch Bureau “NOORD" D. RINCKES & ZN BV te Amsterdam.

    Op latere leeftijd interesse gekregen de duiksport. Tijdens een duikbijeenkomst ben ik in contact gekomen met een autistische jongen met de wens om met zijn broertje onderwater te kunnen met perslucht. Met heel veel geduld en een cross-over naar IAHD is de jongen 3 jaar later geslaagd voor zijn IAHD Open Water Diver!!!

    In die tijd ben ik, samen met m’n vrouw, een duikvriend en zijn vrouw, een duikschool voor mensen met een beperking begonnen met de naam NJOY DIVING en vanaf dat moment gaan we elke maandagavond in Purmerend met clienten van de Prinsenstichting onderwater in hun zwembad. Wij noemen het ademen, kijken en spelen onderwater, waarbij niet gaat om het behalen van een duikbrevet maar om het plezier wat zij elke week beleven!!

    In 2010 werd ons gevraagd dit zelfde programma te doen met leden van ONLY FRIENDS, een sportvereniging voor kinderen en jong volwassenen met een beperking. Dit zijn we toen gestart met 24 duikertjes en thans hebben we daar bijna 80 duikertjes en 24 vrijwilligers.

    Als IAHD Instructor Trainer en eindverantwoordelijke van het IAHD trainingcenter (C62) op het Friendship Sports Cente kan ik jullie vertellen dat deze uit de handgelopen hobby veel kennis, plezier en vriendschap heeft gebracht. DAT HAD IK VOOR GEEN GOUD WILLEN MISSEN!!

    Wil jij eens kijken, neem dan even contact op met mij.
    Jan Rinckes
    +31 (0)65436223

  • The Netherlands - Jegu Li (Instructor Trainer)

    The Netherlands - Jegu Li (Instructor Trainer)

    I traded in my motorcycle for divegear in 1998.

    De eerste duikcursus gedaan, dit vond ik geweldig en deed de ene cursus na de andere, tot aan instructeur toe.I did my first divecourse, which I found amazing and i did the courses one after an other.

    After years of diving experience I started my own divecenter. What our divecenter makes unique is that we have a own divepond with Koi carp.

    This divecenter (Li-diving) we've got in Alphen aan de maas. I'm also a trainer now.

    Who knows we see each other at our divecenter.

  • The Netherlands - Rob Sijmons (Instructor Trainer)

    The Netherlands - Rob Sijmons (Instructor Trainer)

    In 1992 ben ik voor het eerst met duiken begonnen, omdat ik een duikopleiding kon doen bij een revaliderende instructeur. Door zijn enthousiasme en passie voor het duiken vond ik de sport die ik vandaag de dag nog steeds met veel plezier beoefen.

    Als IAHD Instructeur Trainer ben ik in staat om nieuwe instructeurs te begeleiden en duikers op te leiden.

    Ik hoop je langs de waterkant te zien en wens je vele veilige duiken.

  • Spain - Pedro Navarro (Instructor Trainer)

    Spain - Pedro Navarro (Instructor Trainer)

    Hola a tod@s, mi nombre es Pedro Navarro y en la actualidad soy trainer de IAHD en España.

    Aunque mis centros de buceo estan en Mojacar y en Madrid, trabajo por toda España con IAHD.

    Llevo trabajando en el mundo del buceo desde hace más de 23 años, y trabajar con IAHD, me da la oportunidad de ver sonreir a muchas personas que nunca pensaron que podrían conocer este mundo submarino, es sencillamente maravilloso.

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  • South-America - Daniel Zuber(Regio Manager South-America / Instructor Trainer)

    South-America - Daniel Zuber
    (Regio Manager South-America / Instructor Trainer)

    Hi there. My name is Daniel Zuber, Dive Professional since 1990, Instructor since 1993.

    I started working with wounded soldiers in Israel back in the 90´s. That experience changed completely my objectives and became my passion, obsession I would say to share the underwater experience with everyone!

    I became a IAHD Instructor in 1996 with Maurice Perry, IAHD Founder.

    Have been training people with disabilities, professionals and assistants in Portugal, Spain and Latin America. I´m located in South america at the moment and run Buceo Para Todos in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Turkey - Bedri Sincar (Instructor Trainer)

    Turkey - Bedri Sincar (Instructor Trainer)

    Hello there my name is Bedri Sincar 1980 was born in Midyat Mardin of Turkey.

    I began to deal with underwater sports since in 1996 received training on Scuba Diving, First aid, underwater environment and diving in various conditions. I established the BS Scuba Diving Center in 2003 and Bodrum Underwater Sports Club Association in 2006 in Bodrum, Turkey.

    I became a IAHD instructor in Bodrum 2014 with Gerard Oijnhausen, and give disabled dive training and crossover in Turkey. I'm now an IAHD Instructor Trainer.

  • Turkey - Sinan Karabacili (Instructor Trainer)

    Turkey - Sinan Karabacili (Instructor Trainer)

    Im Sinan Karabacili originaly from the south west part of Turkey. I have lived and worked next to and in the the water the largest part of my life. I’ve been teaching scuba since 1998 and including people with various disabilities since 2008. In 2014 I joined the IAHD İnstructor Team, and under that flag I performed the largest EU Erasmus Disabled Festtival in 2016. For me and my disabbled dive organisation the stand point there are no handicaps, just unfavorable water & weather conditions.

    Finaly 2019 I became an IAHD Instructor Trainer and together with my business partner So Blouw we are realising the largerst IAHD Instructor Training facility in Bodrum-Turkey for all new entry IAHD Instructors worldwide.

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