Scuba diving is one of the most accessible sports for disabled people. From the first moment that one enters the underwater environment, there is a feeling of well-being. In this totally different world, there is a feeling of freedom, weightless and safety. One moment at the waters edge, the next at one with the underwater world.
Many disabled people experience scuba diving as a therapy. During the dive, physical restrictions are forgotten and in some cases, there is even relief from pain and discomfort. Scuba diving can help people rehabilitate. It can have a positive effect on the mental state because the physical and mental experience underwater is the same for both able-bodied and disabled people.
The International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD) is an ISO certified and internationally recognised diving organization that is specialized in training disabled people to dive. We give these people the opportunity to learn to dive under the supervision of professional, well trained Instructors, to provide them with an unforgettable experience underwater. The IAHD also has training courses in which people can learn to supervise and train disabled divers.
The IAHD was founded in 1993 and since 2010 has been totally reorganized with new courses and materials some of which are being translated into Italian, including training on-line.
Any scuba instructor of a recognized agency can become an IAHD.
The diver is a human being who has the chance to broaden his knowledge to the whole terraqueous system, why should anyone be excluded?