Dive Curacao

Scuba Mask Straps

How PADI Helps Support Wounded and Disabled Veterans

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr +

PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is a proud supporter of two very special organizations: WAVES (the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA), a nonprofit that teaches and trains veterans to become scuba divers, and PFDD (Patriots for Disabled Divers), an organization dedicated to bringing joy and therapy to those with disabilities worldwide.

According to PFDD, diving can have many benefits–some of which cannot be replicated on land:

  • Relieving physical pain—The weightlessness of being underwater may relieve physical pain and may help patients exercise in a more comfortable manner.
  • Building mental strength—It’s a place where patients may be able to focus, be more in control and feel a sense of achievement.
  • Preventing social isolation—Scuba diving is always done with a “buddy” – an instructor or therapist, and sometimes even in groups. This encourages bonding with others.

Juan Gonzales a PADI diver and WAVES participant himself, is a retired U.S. Marine who served 3-consecutive tours in the Middle East and started diving with his son as therapy for PTSD.

Watch this video to see how scuba diving helped transform Juan’s life. (courtesy of http://mypadi.padi.com)

(FYI: President and CEO of PADI Worldwide, Drew Richardson, Ed.D, has also launched a fundraiser to further support WAVES’ efforts.)


All images courtesy of Daniel Tayenaka


Blue Horizon

About Author

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the world’s largest ocean exploration and diver organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts and more than 128,000 professional members worldwide. Issuing more than 28 million certifications to date, PADI enables people around the world to seek adventure and save the ocean through underwater education, life-changing experiences and travel. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, maintaining its high standards for dive training, safety and customer service, monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. With a longstanding commitment to environmental conservation, PADI is leading the way for millions of people to actively explore, steward and protect the ocean through its course offerings and partnerships with like-minded, mission-driven organizations. PADI embodies a global commitment to ocean health with its mission to create a billion torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM

Leave a Reply

Dive Curacao

Scuba Mask Straps