Explore Our Adaptive Scuba Programs

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Physicians and Therapists

ADAPT Program

Therapeutic SCUBA Institute (TSI) is now offering a very unique educational and scuba training program named (ADAPT) Adaptive Diving Adding Physicians & Therapist.

The objectives of A.D.A.P.T are to educate healthcare professionals regarding the holistic health benefits of adaptive scuba, while they learn how to scuba dive and experience the therapeutic benefits firsthand, and then receive further specialized training on how to provide assistance to adaptive divers. 

All participants will experience the beauty, serenity, gravity free, healing powers of the underwater world, and will learn how such an experience can have a therapeutic and potentially transformative impact for individuals with disabilities.

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Restoration Projects


R.O.O.T. is a special TSI program designed around a new mission for adaptive scuba – Coral Reef Rehabilitation. TSI collaborates with ocean conservation organizations promoting coral reef restoration to fulfill two major objectives, restoring lives and the blue planet.

A special TSI program designed to enhance the lives of Individuals with disabilities through scuba giving them a new mission in life – Coral Reef Rehabilitation. TSI collaborates with ocean conservation organizations promoting coral reef restoration to fulfill two major objectives, restoring lives and the blue planet. If not already certified, participants will first undergo training to become certified divers and will then take a PADI certification course to learn about ocean conservation and the importance of coral reefs.

Afterwards they will attend clinics for further training in coral ecology and restoration, before they embark on dives to maintain man-made coral nurseries and perform coral out-planting to rehabilitate damaged reefs. A therapeutic experience for everybody and our planet. ROOT empowers adaptive divers to explore the world beyond their wheelchairs or the limits of their disabilities, they’re not just restoring corals to the ocean floor; they’re restoring a level of freedom to their lives.

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Family and Friends

TSI’s Family and Friends program is a first of its kind. It is essentially a matchmaking service which connects private adaptive scuba instructors with individuals with disabilities and their family members, or friends, who wish to train together and become certified scuba divers. Training together and forming your very own adaptive dive team is a very special thing.

It not only creates a very strong bond but also gives the team something they can enjoy together for the rest of their lives– sharing the adventure, excitement and tranquility exploring the underwater world, and perhaps even join the movement to save our planet through ocean conservation dive programs.

This service is made possible by TSI’s registry of adaptive scuba instructors and support divers located throughout the United States creating a network of professional scuba instructors qualified in adaptive scuba and who stand ready to help you make this incredible experience happen.

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Modality Labs, Internships, and Research

Academic Programs

Recognizing adaptive scuba and its holistic therapeutic benefits, TSI provides various academic curriculum, including university level courses, designed to educate professional and recreational divers, therapist and therapy students regarding adaptive scuba principals, protocols and science.

Participants will learn about the various standards and best practices followed by the adaptive scuba community. Students will also learn about different disabilities, how to assess the special scuba needs of individuals with disabilities and how to plan dives so that everyone can have a safe, therapeutic and enjoyable dive. In addition, TSI facilitates adaptive scuba training for college level therapy students from introductory level scuba to professional Adaptive Scuba Instructorship thru its strategic partners.

Students may also have an opportunity to participate in modality labs, internships, and evidence-based research to explore the health and wellness benefits of adaptive scuba while earning academic credits towards their college degree.


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TSI News & Articles


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