As a person with disabilities, you’ve probably already had to push the limits in order to do the things you’ve wanted to do in life. And while you may think that scuba diving is where you’ll have to wave the white flag, the truth is – it’s very possible for people with a wide variety of disabilities to go scuba diving. In fact, we highly encourage you to find out if this adventurous sport is right for you.
Not only is scuba very fun, but it also has been shown to have several physical and mental qualities that can make it very healing and therapeutic for anyone – but especially for people with disabilities.
Before Planning Your Dive Trip
Everyone who wants to scuba will have to start with a physical check-up with a doctor, and this is especially important when it comes to diving with disabilities. Several heart conditions and lung problems make diving more dangerous. Once you have the green light from a medical professional, find an instructor who has taken additional certification courses to work with people who have disabilities. At Diversity Diving, we have the certifications that are needed to help people with physical disabilities in the water.
If you are in a wheelchair, you can definitely scuba, but you need to look for a dive center that is used to accommodating wheelchairs. You’ll need to be sure that the boat is also wheelchair accessible and that the instructor has knowledge and experience with wheelchairs.
If you simply have limited mobility or a chronic disability such as multiple sclerosis, there’s still an excellent chance that you’ll be able to dive. You’ll need to be able to bear the load of the equipment, and you may need some additional attention – such as your own guide who will follow you closely and watch for signs of an emergency. You may also need to schedule a shorter dive or surface more often. Diving with disabilities often requires some adjustments, and it definitely requires some extra safety measures.
If you have epilepsy, it’s not recommended that you dive unless you have been free of seizures without medication for five years, as with childhood epilepsy which can be outgrown. If you have hollow orbital implants due to loss of an eye, the pressure of the water might make diving impossible. Aside from these and a few other exceptions, diving with disabilities is a very real possibility for most disabled people. If you aren’t sure about your particular disability, contact a dive instructor today and ask what they think. You may be surprised to learn that you are a great candidate for diving!
Diving with Disabilities in Playa del Carmen
Don’t let your disabilities stop you from having an experience you will always remember? Many people find that scuba diving is an exhilarating experience, because they feel like they are free to move in any way through the water. Contact Diversity Diving to schedule your scuba diving vacation.