A short summary on Paula’s diving course

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A short summary on Paula’s diving course

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She does show a very good progress and improvement, now she’s able to stand on one leg and walk with croutches. Due to her sickness, she’s in lot’s of pain, her spine is crushing her spinal cord due to gravity.


After meeting her, we arranged the medical and hit the pool for a try dive. As usual, there was lot’s of rolling around, trying to find balance, placing the weights on different locations, eventually she managed to stay underwater and stop the rolling – all these on her first dive. We progressed well, completed 7 pool dives with skill training before we headed out to the “open lake”. Logistically it was again a bit challanging, as there was lot’s of equipment to haul around and we had to agree on entry and exit points, but we made it in the lake, swam to our dive location and descended 8 meters below the sunny Auckland surface. Paula was so comfortable that we went straight for a treasure hunt, swam over 100 meters following a “cave” line, until we found the burried “Lake Pupuke treasure” at 12 meters. We completed 8 dives in open water conditions, some with excellent vis and some with very poor, however we made friends with some local fish, they pretty much came to great us on our every dive. Paula said: “diving is liberating”, as she has no pain while underwater. She’s relaxed, has an amazingly streamlined bouyancy and wants to be underwater as much as possible. She completed her course and I am looking forward to our dive trip to Sail Rock this coming weekend.


Thank You

Warm regards,



  1. Anaru Ruka says:

    Kiaora, I’m really interested in joining this outfit, I think what yous are doing is awesome. A little bit about me I was a qualified open water SSI instructor back in 2010. But have been diving since 2006. 5 months ago I was involved in a car accident that rendered me paralyzed. I’m a complete L1-L4. I currently live in kaikohe in the far north. I still have a strong passion for the water I would love the opportunity to discuss a future in disability diving.

    Your sincerely

    • Aimee Devoil says:

      Hi Anaru.

      Thankyou for your kind words. Send us an email and we can discuss diving options for you. Looking forward to hearing from you.

      DDI Team.

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