As part of its pillars of change philosophy, PADI is helping veterans around the world with supportive dive programs.

PADI helps to improve lives of veterans around the world with various partnerships, as part of its healing and wellness effort. Partnerships include:

  • The Cody Unser First Steps Foundation which helps divers with disabilities regardless whether they are civilians or veterans.
  • Force Blue which uses marine science and conservation to bring together veterans of the US Special Forces community.
  • Deep therapy a non for profit organisation based in the United Kingdom, that helps with the rehabilitation of injured veterans through scuba diving.
  • The WAVES project in California, which helps teach veterans and their dive buddies.
  • Patriots for Disabled Divers (PFDD) in Virginia which trains injured veterans across the United States.
  • The Ocean Enterprises Foundation in San Diego, also teaches wounded former service personnel, and helps veterans acclimatise to civilian life.
  • Scuba & Travel Aquatics Centre in Colorado, has been helping people with disabilities from all walks of life learn to dive for the last 40 years.
  • Trident Veteran Adaptive Programs (TVAP) also helps disabled veterans across the United States.
  • Syed Abd Rahman, helps children, as well as veterans and divers with disabilities, build confidence through his foundation Kids Scuba in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

PADI is also developing programs to help disabled divers, with the introduction of several courses specifically designed to help disabled and handicapped scuba divers.

You can check out the trailer for the inspiring documentary “Mercy, Love and Grace: The Force Blue Story” below.

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

1 COMMENT

  1. Hey Sam, great article. I think it would be great to great to have an article included on what agencies are doing for vets and the disabled. SDI has been working with Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) as well as Divers for Heroes for many many years. We also have our Scubility program that has been assisting handicap get in the water longer than almost any other organization. Is there anything we can we do to have something similar published here? I would be happy to provide the material.

    Thanks,

    Cris

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