If you havent heard of this organisation you will be glad that you are taking the time to read this. One of our proudest partnerships we have is with Disabled Divers International (DDI). This non for profit organisation was established with the goal to give people with disablities access to SCUBA diving training. Our onsite PADI Course Director is also Victorias ONLY DDI Instructor trainer. We share the passion in providing access to diving activites to those who dared not dream they could.
Disabled Divers International (DDI) is a not-for-profit organization. Its aim is to promote, develop and conduct disabled scuba diving training programs for professional and non-professional students.
Founded in 2010, since then, DDI has gathered extensive support and recognition within the diving industry. All board members are volunteers, dedicated to promoting and developing disabled scuba diving internationally.
DDI programs are designed to work in cooperation with existing scuba diving training organizations and their training programs. DDI programs adds a new layer on top of the existing diver training, allowing individuals who would have difficulties fulfilling all requirements and standards to experience diving safely with modifications and enhancements to their training and or equipment.
2015 - Kat, our onsite PADI Course Director became Victorias ONLY DDI Instructor trainer after being part of a small team of dive professionals that had the pleasure of training under Mark Slingo- DDI's training lead. Flying down from South Africa, being a parapleigic himself, his training and insight was invaluable.
2016-2017- Background research, information gathering and connections were formed to make disabed diving a reality here at AOS. Unfornately, with a moving of one shop, the closing of another and the juggle act of parenthood and business ownership put this project into a hiatus.
2017- The vision of Victorias 1st 'Enabled diving centre' was born.
2018- Connections within support groups are being established. Disabled diver training begins