PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course Koh Tao

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Learn Adaptive Techniques to Support A Dive Buddy

The healing power of Scuba diving is well documented through amazing stories of triumph over adversity, illness and hardships – sometimes when nothing else worked.

In scuba diving, many people find hope they never had before.

Scuba diving has the amazing ability to heal and inspire and working with individuals who have a disability can be a very rewarding and educating experience.

To achieve this, the focus is on respect and what potential divers can do rather than on what they cannot do.

The PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course is all about raising awareness about the common misperceptions about disabilities, and being able to welcome anyone into the diving world.

PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course Koh Tao
PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course Koh Tao

Learn to Support a Dive Buddy

Additionally, the PADI Adaptive Support Diver will interest divers who want to learn how to support dive buddies who would benefit from these techniques.

The goal of the PADI Adaptive Support Diver sub course is to equip divers with helpful techniques for buddying with divers with disabilities.

While this course will interest anyone who dives with a diver with disabilities, many of the techniques discussed and practiced apply to any diver.

This course on Koh Tao is fun with lots of hands on experience and will allow you to buddy up with someone with a physical or mental challenge.

PADI Adaptive Support Diver Course

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Koh Tao Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course includes:

  • 2 Adaptive Support Diver training sessions / dives
  • PADI Certification card
  • Rental of all scuba equipment
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Log book
  • Maximum 4 students per PADI Instructor
  • Black Turtle Dive Customer (and environmental) promise

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To enroll on the Koh Tao PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course you must:

  • Be an Open Water diver or PADI Freediver
  • Have recent diving experience – we recommend completing a scuba review if you have not dived for 12 months
  • Be 15 years old or older
  • Be EFR Primary and Secondary Care trained within the last 24 months
  • Medically fit to dive
Adaptive Support Diver Specialty Koh Tao
Adaptive Support Diver Specialty Koh Tao

1 Day Adaptive Support Diver Specialty Course

The course consists of two sections:

  • Knowledge Development – a Dive Instructor led knowledge development session and completion of one knowledge review
  • Confined water training – 1 x confined water workshop
  • Open Water training – 1 x Open Water workshop

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At Black Turtle Dive we take our customer promise very seriously. All courses are conducted with a maximum of 4 students per PADI Instructor.

Our Instructors are highly trained and will ensure you receive lots of attention and most importantly, progress at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

During your training we will slowly build your confidence and ability as you develop the skills necessary to become a PADI Adaptive Support Diver.

PADI Adaptive Support Diver Course Schedule

The PADI Adaptive Support Diver course schedule at Black Turtle Dive is flexible and we can work around your own personal needs and timeframe.

Please ask us if you have any special requests, either via email or on one of the messenger apps on this page. 

Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course: 5,000 baht

Adaptive Support Specialty Koh Tao
Adaptive Support Specialty Koh Tao

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Day 1:

09.00 – 11.30:

Orientation & Knowledge Development

12.30 – 17.00:

  • PADI Adaptive Support Diver course confined water workshop
  • PADI Adaptive Support Diver course Open Water workshop

You are now a certified PADI Adaptive Support Specialty Diver.

PADI Adaptive Support Diver Credit to other PADI courses

The Adaptive Support Diver certification also credits toward the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course and PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.

PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty Course Koh Tao
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PADI Adaptive Support Diver Course Information

Orientation & Knowledge Development

We start the PADI Adaptive Support Diver specialty course at 09.00 with an Orientation that includes completion of paperwork and the PADI Medical statement.

The PADI Adaptive Support Diver course consists of 1 confined water workshop and 1 Open Water workshop.

There is an Instructor led knowledge development and 10 questions of open book knowledge reviews to complete that your instructor will review.

The Instructor led knowledge development is conducted during the morning of day 1. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

  • General considerations when working with divers with disabilities
  • Techniques and communication skills for buddying with divers with disabilities and assisting them with diving
  • General considerations when assisting divers with disabilities with entries, exits and lifts
  • Special equipment that may help divers with disabilities in the water.

Koh Tao Adaptive Support Diver Course Workshops

There are two Adaptive Support Diver training workshops to complete to become a PADI Adaptive Support Diver, one in confined water and one in Open Water.

Koh Tao Adaptive Support Specialty Course
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PADI Adaptive Support Diver confined water workshop

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Confined Water Workshop One, introduces and develops basic skills required to assist a diver with physical or mental challenges in a confined water training dive from the Open Water course.

We will focus on assisting divers with disabilities in and out of the water, safe lifting and transport techniques that protect the both the diver doing the lifting and the disabled diver.

Some of the skills you will be introduced to include:

  • Demonstrate two multiple person transfer and lifting techniques to assist divers into and out of the water.
  • Assist a diver with actual or simulated limited or no lower or upper body strength to don a full suit while protecting the extremities of the diver.
  • Assist a diver with actual or simulated limited or no lower or upper body strength to enter water and don scuba equipment in water shallow enough in which to stand.
  • Assist a diver with actual or simulated amputation or paraplegia to establish neutral buoyancy and appropriate trim using standard weight belts, integrated weights, trim weight pockets, harnesses and other adaptive weighting techniques.
  • Recognize and demonstrate touch-hand signals underwater including, but not limited to: assessment, movements, pressure and depth check, regulator clearing and mask clearing.
  • Tow a simulated tired diver at least 25 metres.
  • Respond appropriately to a distressed diver both on the surface and underwater.
  • Swim a minimum of 10 metres/33 feet using adaptive arm stroke techniques.
  • Assist a diver with actual or simulated amputation or paraplegia to remove scuba equipment in water shallow enough in which to stand and exit.
Learn to Scuba Dive Koh Tao
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PADI Adaptive Support Diver Open Water workshop

During our Open Water Workshop One you will be asked to:

  • Assess an Open Water dive site and identify possible challenges for divers with disabilities.
  • Brief and guide a diver with physical or mental challenges in Open Water including:
    • Preparation and briefing
    • Entry and exit techniques
    • Descent and ascent techniques
    • Weighting and trim
    • Debriefing

Congratulations. You are now a PADI Adaptive Support Diver.

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