REDUCING LIMITATIONS AND GIVING MORE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE WONDERS BEYOND THE SURFACE
Being less able bodied shouldn’t limit your fun in the water! This program was developed to provide a pathway for individuals who have an impairment that might hinder them from receiving the full SSI Open Water Diver Certification.
You can sign up as if taking a standard Open Water Diver program with a Classified Instructor. At the time of the pool/confined water portion you will be evaluated by your Classified Instructor as to what level you can complete the required Open Water Skills. There are four levels of Classified Diver classifications.
Level 1 Classified Diver requires the addition of a Certified Classified Dive Buddy*.
Level 2 Classified Diver requires the addition of 2 Certified Classified Dive Buddies.
Level 3 Classified Diver requires the addition of 2 Certified Classified Dive Buddies and 1 Classified Dive Instructor and all Buddies and Instructors must have the specific training to be able to assist the Classified Diver.
Level 4 Classified Diver requires the addition of 2 Certified Classified Dive Buddies as well as 1 Classified Dive Instructor and all Buddies and Instructors must have the specific training to be able to assist the Classified Diver and will require more assistance with specific skills than a Level 3 Classified Diver.
* A Classified Dive Buddy has been trained in Diver Stress and Rescue as well as had the specific training to be able to assist Classified Divers.
We work together with the non-profit (501c3) Dive Pirate Foundation to train Classified (Adaptive) Dive Leaders, Classified (Adaptive) Buddies from all over the world. We are honored to be a chapter of Dive Pirates here in Michigan and look forward to many more years of successful and rewarding scuba adventures. Dive Pirates derives its name and philosophy (we share the same philosophy) from the combination of diving adventure and the romance with the sea, especially the panache of pirates. Traditionally, pirate crews would take care of injured crew members by making them peg legs, hooks, eye patches, etc. Disabled crew members were not banished from the ship, but were given new tasks that they could perform and be useful to the rest of the crew. They were also given a pre-determined cut of the booty in exchange for their contribution. We continue that spirit by bringing the Classified (Adaptive) Divers along with the rest of the crew and cutting them in on the priceless booty of the sea. For more information on the Dive Pirates Foundation visit their website at www.divepirates.org
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