Scubility is the ability to Scuba dive with a disability.
The SDI Scubility Diver Program is designed to give physically disabled divers the necessary skills and techniques used to conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training without the direct supervision of a SDI Scubility Instructor. However, some SDI Scubility divers require supervision of a qualified SDI Dive Buddy.
The SDI Scubility Diver Program takes a closer look at the techniques and equipment adjustments to meet a disabled divers needs allowing individuals to dive with safe diving practices.
The SDI Scubility Dive Buddy Program is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform as a dive buddy for a physically disabled diver. The practical skills developed are the same as for the SDI Scubility Instructor, making the dive buddy course an important step in the development process.
Most of these courses are covered by grants. Request more info below to fill out an application to determine if you qualify for one of these programs either through the VA or Lifewaters.org.
How does a typical open water course go?
All Scubility courses begin with Scuba Discovery. This is a low key pool experience for you and us to determine the candidates abilities and the level of support required for class.
Academic study can be done either online or verbally by an instructor.
A pool day to introduce and practice the skills necessary to safely navigate the underwater environment
One or two open water days to practice skills learned in the pool. In all cases we will try to make sure candidate has "walk-in" as well as boat diving experience.
Certification and designation as a DB1, DB2, or DB3 depending on the level of support required.
Experience: dive – dive – dive. There are many opportunities throughout the year to scuba dive either locally or on specialized trips. We have through lifewaters been able to take candidates to the Georgia aquarium, Florida, and Cozumel.
We have trained extensively for the opportunity to serve you in this way. It is our hope and desire that we can have you exploring the underwater world with us soon.