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Denver Adaptive Divers

DAD Scholarship Opportunities

Step One: Try Scuba

We humans are weightless underwater. For most able-bodied divers it feels like flying. For those with physical and other disabilities, it feels like freedom.

That’s why we developed the Denver Adaptive Divers program – to provide those for whom gravity is a punishing limitation with the opportunity to escape the confines of their bodies.

All our programs are built around your comfort in the water, therefore our invitation to apply to be a Denver Adaptive Diver scholarship recipient starts with a free opportunity to "Try Scuba" diving in the Denver Divers pool. During your free Try Scuba class, you will don a full set of scuba gear, slip in to the water and be assisted by one or more of our adaptive dive professionals to feel what it is like breathe underwater. Once you are ready, our professionals will assist you with diving below the surface, swimming underwater for the first time! You will get to experience the unique weightlessness of scuba diving while playing with pool toys and enjoying the silence of the underwater world.

We offer this free Try Scuba experience periodically throughout the year, so please check the calendar below, or give us a call and speak with John for more information, 303-399-2877.

Minimum Qualifications to begin our Recipient Program:

  • Pass a medical evaluation from a qualified professional (see below "MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS")
  • List TBD

Required Documents:

Required Videos:

Upcoming DAD Try Scuba Opportunities


The medical considerations for adaptive divers can be very complex. Adaptive students must be evaluated by their medical professionals before beginning the course. The more common conditions for adaptive divers are amputations; spinal cord injury; autonomic dysreflexia; traumatic brain injury; cerebral palsy; progressive conditions like Parkinson’s Disease and MS; and sensory disorders.

Each of these conditions may require specific attention during dive training and diving by the diver’s buddy and/or instructor.

Absolute contraindications to scuba include internal defibrillators, pace-makers, or ventricular devices; mechanically assisted breathing; medicated patches or internal pumps for pain management or muscle spasms; or a VP shunt.

All students, adaptive divers and their buddy(ies) must fill out a medical form prior to any in-water work. Please download the SSI Medical Statement and Guidelines (If you answer "yes" to any question on page one, page two must be filled out by a qualified physician.) for more information.

Step Two: Application Process

Once you have been exposed to scuba diving with our qualified staff, the Denver Adaptive Divers training committee will invite you to fill out our Recipient Application. Once received, the training committee will then evaluate your application and subsequently invite you in for an interview.

Step Three: Begin your Journey!