On 19 March 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the Diveheart workshop at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. The event aimed to raise awareness about the possibility of persons with disabilities being trained and employed as commercial environmental divers as well as the therapeutic and empowering benefits of diving of persons with disabilities. It was organised by Charles Rowe, an experienced commercial diver and trainer, and the Diveheart Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to build confidence and independence in persons with disabilities using Scuba diving as a tool. The event was proudly supported by the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) and the DPA.
The founder of the Diveheart Foundation, Jim Elliott, gave a presentation on Scuba Diving Therapy for people with disabilities. Charles Rowe then discussed career opportunities in professional diving to create subsea gardens and showcases. Afterwards, there was an in-water demonstration on commercial diving equipment for people with disabilities.
This was the first time in the history of Asia that persons with disabilities experienced Scuba and commercial diving equipment. DPA was glad to be a part of this history and hopes that there could be opportunities for persons with disabilities to be trained and employed as commercial environmental divers.
Diveheart hopes to start a local chapter in Singapore. DPA will be there to support them when that happens. For more information on Diveheart, please go here: http://diveheart.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/diveheart