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Hi Guys

I have a group of approx. 15 people who really want to have a try-dive.

They are a very mixed bunch, both age wise and disabilities. Two are wheelchair users, many others have injured their backs, 2 are visually impaired.

I'm trying to find an accessible pool, and an organisation qualified and experienced enough for this challenge.

I would prefer somewhere within an hours drive from Bradford, and also preferably Monday to Thursday evening (as unfortunately I am committed to enjoying weekends away on the East coast).

Anyone have any ideas?
 

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Hey Carol,

You might want to contact Chris Hall and his good lady Liz Rimer on this very site. They are both Diving Instructors whom specialise in teaching the disabled.

Good luck and HTH.
 

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Hi Bren

I've met Chris and Liz. Between us we are trying to organise things, but not having much luck I'm afraid.

It's not so much the pool, as the equipment. We also need quite a few qualified instructors, as some of the people may need the support of 2 or even 3 instructors.

Thanks again
 

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I have a pool available Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Approximately 6 full sets of equipment (including masks, fins and snorkels) and Divemasters to assist.

We are in Hull and that would make us about an hours drive away.

Call me on (01482) 341192 evenings.

Best regards.

Kevin
 

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Hey Kev mate,

You're some man for one man!!

Thanks very much for the offer of help.
 

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Hi Carol,

What a result!! - I thought a post would be the best way of finding a pool/equipment etc. The power of the web, what?

Hope your people have a great time!

Cheers
 

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Thank you guys

Kev, I will round up my students tomorrow, then give you a ring asap.  When and where is your opening day?

John, next time you're at DW, pop in for a coffee (it's nice to be able to put a face to a name).

Thanx again
 

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Carol,

The shop is scheduled to open on 7 April.

Will Chris and Liz be overseeing the try dives?

I can arrange for all the equipment, support and H2O but would appreciate any specialist knowledge in making sure that the experience is a good one for all concerned.

Look forward to seeing you again.

Kev
 

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Brilliant stuff Kev - well done to one and all.

Hope the days go well.
 

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Hi Kev

I have sent an email to Chris and Liz, as I too would like them present.

I may be going diving with them this Sunday, so i've no doubt we'll talk about it again then.

Pity you are opening on a Monday, would have like to come along.

Anyway, will give you a ring to obtain more details, and give you more details.

See you soon

Carol
 

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Carol,

Your words of wisdom struck home.

New (planned) opening will be Saturday 5 April.

Drinks and nibbles will be secreted in the classroom.

Regards.

Kev
 

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Hi Kev

Nice to know I have words of wisdom.

But, how about an address and time?

If possible, directions from Withernsea would be of great help.

Will be phoning you tomorrow evening before 8 regarding the try dive (didn't get home from College till late tonight).

See you

Carol
 

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For anyone needing this service, just to remind you all that Chris Hall and his partner, Liz Rimer, are available to offer help, advice and instruct on SCUBA courses for the disabled.

They can both be contacted through this board via PM and email, directly from the site just by visiting their public profiles.

Chris and Liz, good luck and continued success.
 

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I know you don't want to travel a long way but if anyone you know is interested in diving holidays for people with disabilities,you could contact the Scuba Trust. (www.scubatrust.org.uk). They do try dives in Dorking which is too far for you but they go on holiday twice a year and cater for all levels of disability once you are qualified. I went to Curacao with them last year and had a blast.

You can meet tham at the Dive Show in Birmingham in October

Vonny
 
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