The International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD) is a diving association, which focuses on providing the means for people with physical disabilities to become scuba divers.
In order to help these individuals to participate in underwater scuba diving activities, we need competent and professional instructors.
The IAHD provides training programs and guidelines, materials and member support for this developing market.
PADI strives to be the world's most respected and successful organization in recreational scuba diving and snorkeling.
The 'Professional Association of Diving Instructors' is committed to product and service excellence, the professional growth and security of its members and providing training and opportunities for all who seek to enjoy our planet's oceans, lakes and waterways.
The result is a new opportunity for scuba diving, with even more satisfied customers, and a professional and successful diving industry.
We believe that the benefits of scuba diving can be just as rewarding to handicapped divers, with an emphasis on freedom of movement, virtual weightlessness, body mobility, and equally important would be the relationship that bonds between a trusted Scuba Instructor and a relentlessly motivated Student Diver.
"As an experienced PADI Master Instructor of many years, I've had the true pleasure of training and certifying hundreds of scuba students from all over the world.
Some of the most personally rewarding courses that I teach, are the ones in which my dive student have some special challenge.
PADI course standards have been adapted to meet the needs of disabled divers, and with a little lateral thinking and compassion, my students have met the required performance requirements and were duly certified Open Water Scuba Divers."