Lat = 33 degrees, 44.0 minutes South
Long = 151 degrees, 16.4 minutes East
Shelly Beach, Australia
It’s official Pirates down under, we have gone international!!! Buccaneer Barb spent a week in and around Sydney Australia training the RAIDaptive program to instructors and adaptive divers, a training effort put in motion by some very motivated Aussies who were anxious to bring adaptive diving to people in their communities.
A total of six adaptive diver instructors and four adaptive divers took part in the effort and received their certifications, supported by the facilities of Sargood on Callaroy, a very unique resort for people with disabilities to go on vacation with their families and enjoy a number of adaptive activities.
A big shout out to Bob Staddon, honorary adviser on adaptive diving for RAID International, Mark McCrum, RAID International Training Director, and Sebastian “Seb’ van Veenendaal, Sargood’s Adaptive Sport and Recreational Specialist for pulling this together and making adaptive diving more accessible to men and women there.
Guess what??? with Adaptive Dive Instructors in the house the dive stores involved were eligible to be Dive Pirates Chapters, and they all joined the crew! Please welcome:
Sargood on Collaroy, NSW
L-R Front Row Bob Staddon, Xavier Monsaignan, Lee Ferrier, John Marshall, Tassie Horvat, Shannon Carlson, Mark Leslie
Back Row Mark McCrum, John Wilson, Lyndi Leggett, Seb Van Veenendaal, Joh Ayoub, Steve Bates, Barbara Thompson
A little closer to home…
Next week I’ll fill you in on another great training event that happened this past weekend, working with people with double arm amputations…
In the meantime anyone dressing as pirates this Halloween??? Send me your pictures and what you are up to!
Theresa the Terrible