PADI Adaptive Support Diver

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Raise your awareness of divers’ different abilities, and explore adapted techniques to apply while diving or freediving with a buddy with a disability.


Do you want to learn how to best support a dive buddy with physical or mental limitations ?
The PADI ® Adaptive Support Diver course will raise your awareness of divers’ different abilities by exploring adapted techniques to apply while diving or freediving with a partner with a disability.

PADI Open Water Divers or PADI Freedivers who are at least 15 years old and have completed at least one Emergency First Response course within 24 months can enroll in the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course.

It is also recommended that you complete the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course prior to this in order to have better trim awareness.

Academic Course

Through theoretical development and two underwater workshops – one in confined water and one in open water – you will learn useful techniques that will make you a better diving buddy for a diver with a disability.

You will gain understanding and practical experience as you learn:

  1. How to become more aware and attentive to certain personal considerations when diving with people with disabilities.
  2. Some adapted techniques that you can apply when diving with dive buddies with physical and / or mental limitations.

Equipment you will use

Along with your basic scuba or freediving equipment, your PADI instructor may suggest additional equipment to better assist your buddy’s particular needs.

Pre-requisites: Open Water Diver or PADI Freediver
Participants must be 15 years old.
Authorization of a Parent or Guardian.
Medical Certificate for non-competitive diving activities.**
How to access the course:
Evaluation: Review of the knowledge and skills of the last certification acquired.
Didactic Material included:
PADI Educational Material (available in all languages).
The course:
Total duration: approximately 2 hours.
Theoretical lessons: nr. 2 – with Instructor.
Practical lessons: nr. 2 (4 sessions) – with Instructor
Final written exam: YES
Final practical exam: YES
Certification issued: YES – PADI
Locations where you can take this course:
Puglia: Polignano a Mare
Puglia: Torre Lapillo (LE)
Augusta (SR)
Islands of Malta:

PADI Adaptive Support Diver