Handicap and SCUBA diving

More than 15 years in Pemuteran. SCUBA diving in North Bali - at Menjangan Island, Pemuteran Reefs and Secret Bay.

15 years in Pemuteran Bali
“A friendly place to unwind. A professional dive crew that will treat me as a friend. Good dives. Pleasant relaxation on the boat. A chat. Some laughter.” If your train of thoughts is tempting you to a journey like this, welcome.
SCUBA diving is more about the state of mind than physical abilities.
Try to imagine one of the truly great minds, Albert Einstein, preparing his SCUBA gear and performing a dive into the deep blue. That would be a beautiful handicap example.
And both statements are true.
Does handicapped mean something to be ashamed of? I don't think so. Most of us are handicapped in certain situations. For instance, to cross a narrow bridge I need a hand of a friend to support me. Height issues.
Somebody needs a support to maintain perfect buoyancy in the water. Or in a fight with a crazy computer. Or to …

Most people are excellent at some tasks, adequate at some and miserably failing at others.
To ask for some extra assistance when adjusting carburetor in the car seems normal. To ask for assistance when scuba diving doesn't seem as simple and easy and we start to balk.

During my 20 years of professional diving, I've seen dozens and dozens of handicapped divers who needed just some additional attention, some advice and they were enjoying the blue magic same as truly confident divers. Or even more.
If you are physically or emotionally unready to join a gang of hard-core divers, you can decide for a seasoned instructor, dedicated to you. Talk, ask questions, discuss, try to listen to his feedback, do the dives with him at your own pace.
During your immersion in clear waters, you can focus on a new dimension of beauty and tranquility, not on the sole survival.

Issues that could make you decide for additional personal assistance on your dive holidays:

Emotional, trust issues – you've had a bad experience with a dive operator, dive group, rough conditions at the dive site ... For instance, cheap dive kiosks in Bali are a perfect example of producing this type of handicapped divers. Probably even Chuck Norris would have issues after diving with failing equipment, a moronic dive guide or air in the tank that would be more suitable for a gas chamber.

Inadequate experience – some time ago you managed to get certified, but you never had enough opportunity to maintain your diving skills.

Several physical handicaps – from diabetes, amputations, injuries, recovery after an accident and so on. As long as your doctor approves your scuba diving, with some extra care you will enjoy the magic of ocean safely.

And the price?
Exactly the same as for introductory diving for not yet certified divers.

Even a brilliant mind would be severely handicapped at trying to perform a perfect dive without some help.