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SSI continues to help Dive Pirates Foundation certify Adaptive Divers

(DiverWire) Since the launch of the Dive Pirates Foundation in 2005, Scuba Schools International (SSI) has contributed educational materials and C-cards to the foundation’s adaptive SCUBA recipients and adaptive dive buddies. Now SSI is expanding that generous donation to include materials for search and rescue, NITROX, boat diving, night/limited visibility, deep diving and navigation.

“I cannot fully put into words the impact this has on the foundation, it gives us the tools to do so much more for our recipients, and their buddies,” said co-founder and certified DAN instructor Sophie Wimberley. “We will now have the most prepared adaptive dive teams, better preparing them for a lifetime of safe and rewarding dive experiences.”

Over Memorial Day weekend the foundation will put the new materials to good use, planning what’s being called “Diveapalooza” at Blue Lagoon near Huntsville, Texas, hosted by owners Phil and Sharla Riggs.  The weekend includes open water certification, search and rescue, CPR, adaptive instructor training along with good food and of course some pirate debauchery.

“We’ve known these divers for years, and when they told us what they wanted to do to form this foundation, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said SSI President Doug McNeese. “We’ve encouraged our affiliated dive stores to be chapters, and we’ve watched them grow; and now we want to help them expand on what is available to them through SSI.”

The foundation is currently training 9 adaptive divers and their dive buddies in preparation of this year’s trip to Cayman Brac June 23-30, 2012. The trip offers adaptive divers a chance to experience great ocean diving while building confidence and lasting friendships.  Along with Dive Pirate members and instructors, recipients from previous years also joined the trip, selling out the Brac Reef Beach Resort within 5 days. Due to the great response the foundation created a reunion trip for past recipients and other dive pirate members, Sept. 8-12, 2012.  Space is still available – for more information, please see our website,

Scuba Schools International (SSI) provides training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, and dive centers and resorts around the world. Since 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 31 International Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 3,700 International locations and has materials printed in more than 27 languages.

The Dive Pirates Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with disabilities and joining them with mainstream divers. Its vision is to create a community of adaptive divers that will dive and travel in the mainstream world of scuba diving through education and overcoming obstacles. For more information go to