Adaptive scuba diving is a method of training divers with a variety of disabilities to participate in scuba as independently as they can safely dive. Adaptive divers are trained with the same information and rigor as able-bodied divers. The difference is that as they train their specific needs are assessed and met.
Adaptations are made throughout the learning process. In many cases adaptive divers are certified at the same level as any other divers. In other cases they are certified with a specially-trained buddy or buddies who are required to dive with them in order to ensure their safety underwater.
No matter the level of certification or the accommodations required, every adaptive diver ends up certified to explore the world’s oceans as an open water diver.