Disabled persons get to experience diving as the rest of us divers do with their own certification levels. IAHD (International Association of Handicapped Divers) was the first disabled diving certification body offered at Mermaids dive centre. Mermaids are now pleased to offer the DDI (Disabled Diver International) courses in both diver and dive professional levels. Operated from our location in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand the courses are proving very popular for professional divers to take in order to get disabled persons diving. It increases the employability of a professional diver opening the doors to new dive customers in a dive centre and hence making the dive pro attractive to a dive employer. (Check Divers Jobs for scuba diving employment and dive jobs world wide).
DDI Programs and Certification
The following is a list of current training programs and certifications from Disabled Divers International (DDI). Certifications is given in 3 different levels according to the individual divers need for assistance.
Mermaids Dive Center in Pattaya is certified DDI Instructor Training Center No. 20-014
DDI Student non-diving programs
- Achievement Recognitions
- Surface Assistant
- DDI Student diving programs
- Try Scuba Diving
- Pool Diver
- Scuba Diver
- Open Water Diver
- Advanced Open Water Diver
- Nitrox 36%
- Crossover Certification
- Assistant Diver
DDI Professional programs
- Assistant Instructor
- Staff Instructor
- Instructor Trainer
Levels assigned to the individual diver according to his need for assistance:
This candidate has performed all DDI skill requirements, knowledge development and physical stamina requirements of the training programs standards. This candidate has also demonstrated the ability to provide equal assistance to a fellow diver, should a distress situation occur and assistance be required.
This candidate may dive with any other certified adult diver.
This candidate has performed DDI skill requirements demonstrating the ability of self‐help in a distress situation. The candidate is unable to provide equal assistance to a fellow diver, should a distress situation occur and assistance be required. Besides being able to fulfill all the requirements for a level 2, the instructor must also objectively assess the diver to in general be able to perform self‐help in a realistic diving situation, i.e. be able to get out of the water safely.
In order to fulfill the requirements of equal assistance to all divers in a distress situation, this requires the candidate to dive with two adult certified divers, one of whom must be trained as a DDI Assistant Diver or by a DDI recognized disabled diver program equal or higher certification level.
This candidate has performed the required skills of the Pool Diver course and demonstrated the ability to safely use scuba diving equipment. However the candidate does not have the ability for self‐help.
In order to fulfill the requirements of equal assistance to all divers in a distress situation, this requires the candidate to dive with three adult certified divers, one of whom must be trained as a DDI professional diver or by a DDI recognized disabled diver program equal or higher certification level.
Please contact us if you require more detailed information about DDI certifications and programs.
DISABLED DIVER INTERNATIONAL (DDI)
DDI Open Water Course 18,000 Thai baht
DDI Divemaster/Instructor Training (including manuals) 24,000 Thai baht
* Manuals and certification fees are included.