Adaptive Support Diver Speciality Course available at Dive Rutland

Adaptive Support Diver Speciality: PADI

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PADI Adaptive Support Diver Speciality

Diving is an inclusive support and Dive Rutland actively engages with divers who have some level of disability who want to come diving.  We make it happen.  This course will give you the knowledge, you just need to bring the enthusiasm.

Advantages of becoming a PADI Adaptive Support Diver

This course allows you to learn how to best support a dive buddy who has a physical or mental challenge?

The PADI Adaptive Support Diver course is designed to increase your awareness of diver's varying abilities, and explores adaptive techniques to apply while diving or freediving with a buddy who has a disability

What do I need to start the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Speciality?

It is also recommended that you complete the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course beforehand, so you have a better awareness of trim.

If you are a PADI Professional and you want to become more aware of individual considerations when working with people who have physical or mental challenges then the Adaptive Techniques course is one for you.  

Both the PADI Adaptive Support Diver and PADI Adaptive Techniques Course are ran by our very experienced PADI Course Director Tracey, who has a passion for ensuring that anyone who wants to go diving can and provides the safe and secure environment to do just that. So learn from someone who actively applies the skills, practices what will be taught within these courses and the experience gained from things that have and haven't worked.

What will I do during the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Speciality?

Through knowledge development and two diving workshops - one in confined water and one in open water - you'll learn useful techniques that will increase your ability to become a better dive partner to a diver with a disability. You'll gain insight and practical experience as you learn about:

  1. Becoming more aware and mindful of individual considerations when diving with people with disabilities.
  2. Adaptive techniques that can be applied whilst diving with buddies with mental and/or physical challenges.

How long does the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Speciality Take?

  • Knowledge Development
  • 1 Pool Session - minimum 2 hours
  • 1 Day in Open Water  - minimum 1 dive

This is a performance based speciality, so additional time and dives might be required.

Any other costs?

Not included is the Entrance fees for open water site and personal travel costs

What is next on completion of the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Speciality?

  1. Join the Dive Rutland professional team and be a buddy when we are training a diver who requires adaptive support
  2. Dive with one of our club members who needs an adaptive support buddy 
  3. This is one speciality towards your Master Scuba Diver Certification

Prior to any Diver training course students need to complete a Mandatory Medical Questionaire.

Please ensure that you have read the Medical Statement and are sure that you will be able to commence any diver training PRIOR to paying as our Training Terms Conditions apply after payment has been made.

A doctor's confirmation of fitness to dive is required if you answer YES to any medical condition on the Medical Statement.

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I cannot rate Dive Rutland high enough. Tracey, Bridget and all the team have shown me unending patience and understanding and I have got my open water certification. Thank you to you all for sharing your knowledge and tips. Can't wait to start my next course.

Carrie Spence

Northampton, UK


We are lucky to have a top notch Dive school on our doorstep in the form of Dive Rutland, My thanks to Bridget my instructor for her endless enthusiasm both in the theory and the practical applications of diving. Then to Tracey again for your skill and excellent support and for putting together a great community of divers who have helped and supported us.

Trikes of Bytham

Bytham, UK


Friendly, professional and committed to ensuring you get the best diving training and diving experiences, whilst upholding the highest of standards. Tracey and her team offer everything you need from newbie to experienced diver. Highly recommended.

Joanna Aitkens

Leicester, UK