It is with great pleasure, that the DDI board announce the official launch of our new regional office DDI Italy.
From today forward, the DDI Italy office will handle matters related to Italy, including member queries and assistance. The office will give support in the local language, including translation of teaching materials.
The Italy office will be headed by the new President of DDI Italy, Mr. Luca Crippa, a veteran in the disabled diving community and winner of several awards. And with many years of experience teaching scuba instructors, to dive with people with disabilities.
This weekend Justus and Carl performed four Open Water Dives in drysuit and full face masks. The weather conditions were fantastic, Sunny and no wind or waves. 13 degrees C in the water. Also certified on the course, were one PADI Open Water and one DDI Surface Assistant. Once again a weekend filled with laughs and good friendship. It has been a privilege to work with these guys.
A big thanks to the Staff from Linköpings Dykcenter and the support divers.
// Göran Nyqvist, DDI Instructor, Linköping Sweden
The first Australia based DDI Open Water Diver course recently took place in Perth, Western Australia, this was made possible through the co-operation of DiveUnlimited and the Wheelchair Sports Association of WA. Two of the association’s members, Phelim & Joel started their underwater adventure on Saturday the 21st of Feb 2015 at Bayswater Waves.
Mark “Slinky” Slingo arranged a DDI Instructor course in conjunction with the Australian International Dive Expo in Sydney early September this year. The course was – as always – very informative, engaging and educational; benefitting all dive instructors attending.
The course takes two days, with day one covering all dive theory, introduction to different types of disability, special considerations when teaching people with physical and intellectual disabilities, modified and recommended dive equipment and general standards and procedures. We started early and spent the day at Abyss CDC’s