Scuba diving can benefit our well-being in many ways. But do you know that it is also an excellent form of social and physical rehabilitation for disabled individuals? In water, the difference between disabled and abled people is minimised due to the feeling of weightlessness. A paraplegic (paralysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury) diver, for example, can easily move independently under water and experience greater mobility freedom than on land.
First and only DDI Dive Centre in Singapore
For the first time in Singapore, disabled individuals, such as those with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or paraplegia, can learn to scuba dive at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).
Not only are we Singapore’s first and only accredited DDI Dive Centre that offers Disabled Divers International (DDI) programmes, we are also an accredited DDI Instructor Training Centre. Since June 2017, five Dive Instructors at RWS have been DDI-certified.
How DDI Programmes Work
- Modifies and enhances existing diver training programmes and/or equipment to enable disabled individuals to perform all skill requirements while diving safely.
- Highly customised to suit participants with a wide range of disabilities from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injuries.
Recently on 18 November 2017, we welcomed our first batch of four participants who underwent the DDI introductory course.
One of the participants was Syed Abdul Aziz, a helpesk consultant. He suffered a stroke about 2 years ago who resulted in hemiparesis – weakness or the inability to move one side of the body. He was hospitalised for 3 months and spent another 8 months to regain his ability to walk and take public transport on his own.
I feel a sense of achievement after completing the programme. It’s not about proving to others but to myself. That I too can accomplish what normal people can do.
Another participant, Angeline Peh, never thought she would be able to experience water-based activities again after her fall last year which injured her spinal cord, resulting in complete T8 paraplegia.
I enjoyed my close encounter with the sharks and rays. The trainers were very experienced and patient, especially in the beginning when I was a little worried about being in the water. I felt reassured with them guiding me every step of the way.
Complimentary for eligible participants
As part of our corporate social responsibility programme, RWS is offering complimentary DDI introductory courses to all eligible participants. For enquiries and reservations, please email email@example.com
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