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Dates: 22 May 2014 - 25 May 2014
Location: Plantation Aquatic Center
Price: $200-$300

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Diveheart and DiveBar are partnering up to offer dive training to earn a specialty scuba certification or adaptive scuba instructor certification to assist or teach individuals with disabilities to dive. Illinois-based Diveheart and DiveBar, are non-profit tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organizations chartered in the State of Illinois and Florida, respectively. The purpose of this jointly sponsored program is to train divers to acquire the special knowledge and skills sets necessary to become a competent member of an adaptive dive team. By earning a specialty certification in adaptive scuba you will experience the rewards and gratification of sharing a fun and adventurous dive experience with children, adults, or veterans with disabilities, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person.

May 29 & 30, 2014 6:30 PM– 9:30 PM (Thurs. & Fri.)
May 31 & June 1, 2014 8:00 AM—4:30 PM (Sat. & Sun.)
Location: Plantation Aquatic Center

Discounted Rates for DiveBar Members:

Diveheart Instructor Training Course — $300

Diveheart Buddy Certification Course — $200

All Proceeds will be allocated to fund DiveBar’s adaptive scuba projects.


Specially trained Diveheart instructors have trained and certified people with disabilities all over the world to scuba dive. You are invited to join this elite group of dedicated instructors and buddies!!

The Diveheart Instructor/Buddy Training Course has been shared with dive professionals all over the United States and world including; Australia, China, England, Mexico, Bahamas, Israel, and all throughout the Caribbean. The course is very unique and has compiled the best practices that exist in the field of adaptive scuba training. During the course, you will learn how individuals with a variety of physical and cognitive impairments can learn how to dive safely and how you can provide assistance with modified procedures and equipment while serving on an adaptive dive team.

Empathy Training: During the course you will undergo empathy training so you can experience and acquire insight into what it is like to dive with a disability. For instance, you will dive as a paraplegic with your legs tied together. You’ll wear a blacked out mask so you can relate to blind divers and other simulations to acquire insight into an adaptive diver’s perception.