Disabled Divers International Foundation received the following letter from Dália Faria, we hope her sharing her experiences from scuba-diving will inspire others. Dália Faria first dive started, when Flemming Thyge was in Portugal to help to start DDI Portugal. We would also like to thank Dália for sharing her story with us and everyone else.
On the 12th of June of 2010 I was presented to diving by DDI Portugal in a pool in the village of Sesimbra. A whole new world was presented to me. Started out by not being able to hold the regulator in my mouth due to my spasticity, seeing my lip trembled. In spite of that I got out of the water, feeling the happiest person on earth because I was living a dream, scuba-diving.
On the 15th of August I and other disabled people were offered their first diving experience at sea. I had to wear a full-face mask due to the reasons presented above. What I felt is indescribable, due to the liberty, the total connection with myself, mind and body. From that day on I knew that in spite of having to be helped by instructors to dive, it was going to bring huge changes in my life.