INJURIES, ILLNESS (Physical and Mental) and MEDICATION
You will learn about a range of disabling injuries and illnesses and the implications for scuba diving. We have a wealth of experience in working with those with mental illness, especially those related to anxiety disorders. Medication is rarely discussed in connection with scuba diving but has huge implications and many are contraindicated to diving.
Importantly we spend three hours in the pool working with Deptherapy programme members who have a range of life changing injuries who have been through the Deptherapy programme. Most have lost one or more limbs.
Mark Downs a HSE Authorised Medical Examiner of Divers came on the Pros’ course and was amazed at how capable and competent those with amputations were in the pool.
Our focus is both theory and practical and amongst other things you will learn is how to assess whether a potential student should be allowed to dive or not.
We give great emphasis to medical conditions and medication as these two areas impact massively on the ability of an individual to dive.
We also look at perceptions of disability generally and we have created an exercise that puts you, the instructor/divemaster, in the world of those who have suffered life changing challenges. An extremely simple task for the able bodied provides a huge challenge which no group has ever completed. Your aim is to make you realise the challenges that life changing disabilities can bring.
In terms of practical application we will get you to ‘think out of the box’ as doing this is essential to becoming a capable adaptive teaching instructor.