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Denver Adaptive Divers

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Try Scuba Events

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.

What is Scuba Diving?
Scuba diving, as a human activity, it is the practice of descending below the water's surface to interact with the environment. Scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, usually compressed air, allowing them greater independence and freedom.

During your free Try Scuba Event, 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!

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 Craig Hilton for more information, 303-399-2877.

How do I get started?

  • Pass a medical evaluation from a qualified professional (see below "MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS")
  • Follow the Book Now button and choose a date!

Required Documents:


The medical considerations for adaptive divers can be very complex. Adaptive students must be evaluated by their medical professionals before beginning any in-water training. 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 with Physician's Release. All adaptive divers are required to have a physician's release in order to participate in any in-water training. Please also download the Physician's Medical Evaluation Guidelines for reference to any contraindications to scuba diving and for more information.


Date & Location Pending - COVID-19 Postponement

Join us to bring the joy of moving freely (underwater) to someone's life! Denver Adaptive Divers cordially invites you to our Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction.

Visit with the divers who have or will benefit from your generosity. Hear firsthand how your support is changing lives!

Considering late 2021 event date, contact us for more details.


MAY 15-22, 2021

DAD Cayman Brac

Diving with adaptive divers as a trainer, dive buddy, or dive along will be one of the most fulfilling dives you will ever do. Imagine not being able to walk or even move, then going underwater, you feel free, free from gravity and the confines of your limited movement.

This is what Denver Adaptive Divers provides. With multiple scholarship recipients signed up for our trip to Cayman Brac currently, we have room for you to join us to learn about what it is like to be a dive buddy, or to just dive the Brac with the crew!

Check out our group travel page for full details & to sign up!