Home Features No Limit

No Limit


Thanks to the invention of SCUBA, countless numbers of people have been able to experience the wonders and beauty the worlds’ oceans offer.


And thanks to an organization called the International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD), people with physical/mental disabilities are also able to share the experience.


Many disabled people confined in a wheelchair find swimming a freedom that no other form of exercise offers. So, of course, scuba diving is the natural progression on from that, offering the same feeling of weightlessness but in an environment full of magic and beauty.


The IAHD began in 1993 and is a non-profit making organization. With the dedication and hard work of Klaas Brouwer and Frazer Bathgate, the IAHD now has over 250 Instructor/Divemaster members and operates in 37 countries across Europe, the Far East and North America.


Klass, who is President of the IAHD and based in Holland, joined the organization in 1999. Frazer Bathgate, based in the UK, is Vice-President and Director of Training and is himself, a disabled diver.Since it started, the IAHD have trained over 500 disabled people to scuba dive and numbers are steadily growing.


On October 15th 2003 Klaas Brouwer conducted the first IAHD Pro-training course in the Red Sea, Egypt at Undersea Adventures Diving Centre, Hurghada. Members of the diving center completed the course with Klaas, and Undersea Adventures are now able to offer disabled people the opportunity to dive in the Red Sea.


Hisham Eid, Director and Operations Manager at Undersea Adventures, Hurghada says "I would like to put Hurghada on the map for disabled divers. It is one of the top diving destinations in the world and my aim is to offer scuba diving to disabled people in a safe and professional environment".

After conducting the course Klaas says, "I am very happy that dive operators in the Red Sea are open to the idea that diving should be for everyone. The wonders of the Red Sea are for divers of all abilities".     

Tags:
 

Read More in H2O


slied202-cut02.jpg
European Standards for Recreational Diving were published in early 2004 and define the state of the art for scuba diver and instructor training and
liquid%20skin%20blue%20end%20copy.jpg
Liquidskin is the first bi-silicone mask worldwide. As its name implies, Liquidskin adapts perfectly to almost any facial shape. Until now masks
divingindahab.jpg
The delicate but muscular Italian put soap in her suit to make the rubber glide over her body like a second skin. Only James Bond looked better in a
Banner

Coming Issue

 

Next edition in English

    next English issue will be available in March  ...

Calendar of events

November 2020 December 2020
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
Post Your Event Post Your Event

More Articles

Chic new Mask from Seemann

SEEMANN are a company known for producing equipment that is both fashionable and of outstanding quality. They have now incorporated these features into the new KUMA diving mask....
Read More...

Endemic species of the Red Sea - Klunzinger's wrasse

It was one of these early and calm afternoons during the summer months, somewhere at a dive site entry along the fringing reefs of South Sinai. The near-shore reef flat area at this site was covered w...
Read More...

In Deep at the AIDA Freediving Team World Championships

From the 1-12th December 2006, Makadi Bay played host to the Fifth AIDA Freediving Team World Championships.  Teams came from 28 countries as far a field as Venezuela, Australia, Norway, an...
Read More...

A brief history of HEPCA in the Red Sea

By: Chris Wood The Red Sea is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world with many endemic species living on them, (meaning they are only found in the Red Sea). There are many pres...
Read More...

The Lut housing of BS Kinetics

Special for the SIGMA SD14 was conceived the new housing Lut. The advantages of the Foveon X3 Sensores can be used with it also under water. All functions are serviceable at the camera. ...
Read More...

H2O Newsletter


Get diving news, trends, and business information delivered directly to your inbox!

Advertisement

Banner