Becoming an Adaptive Dive Buddy

First of all, we thank for you taking the time to find out more about the Dive Pirates Foundation and about becoming a Volunteer Adaptive Dive Buddy.

For current recipients, we train at least one buddy for each. Quite often, the buddy is either a family member or close friend of the recipient. However, some recipients don’t have anyone in their network who is interested in diving. In this case, we pull from our community.

However, we are always looking to work with more adaptive dive buddies, instructors, and dive centers around the country to expand our network and capacity for adaptive dive training. For adaptive training-specific questions, please contact

Another way to get involved with Dive Pirates is by joining us on a popular trip. In fact, our Cayman Brac trips are usually around 80-85 people. Consequently, we have a fair number of recipients who now pay to come on the trips and we can always use extra buddies/instructors. Here is a link for more information.

Finally, to become a Volunteer Buddy, or Adaptive Dive Buddy, the minimum level of training required depending on the agency the equivalent of a rescue diver, plus current First Aid, CPR, Oxygen Administration, and Automated External Defibrillation are required.

Finally, if you are not a Rescue Diver or equivalent then find out how to get to that level by contacting the third-party training agencies below or alternatively contact your nearest Dive Chapter.

Additional Training Resources

NAUI logo
  • Scuba Diver
  • Advanced Scuba Diver
  • Rescue Scuba Diver
PADI logo
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
RAID Internation Logo
  • Open Water
  • Advanced 35
  • Master Rescue Diver
Scuba Diving International logo
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Diver
  • Rescue Diver
Scuba Schools International logo
  • Open Water Diver
  • Stress and Rescue Diver