Mini scuba experiences for young people

Here at Teddington SAC, we don’t just deal with adults; in the past few weeks we have given try-dives to 22 teenagers and children, introducing them to the techniques we use to explore the underwater world.

We have welcomed students from Turing House school for the past 2 years, and gave been giving scuba lessons to Wendy Dorgan’s Special Needs group at Teddington pool for over 10 years.

The group started the lessons after swimming instructor Wendy noticed her pupils, who have learning and physical disabilities, were fascinated by a diver practising nearby. They have really taken to diving, and many of them return to us year after year.

Here are a few photos of Wendy’s group enjoying their scuba session (please click on them to enlarge them). If you are a teacher and would be interested in bringing some of your pupils down to Teddington Pool for a try-dive, please do get in touch.

Try-dives for disabled youngsters

Wendy Dorgan with her swimmimg group and members of TSAC

The following article was reproduced in the local Richmond Guardian on 5 January:

A scuba diving club has helped dozens of disabled youngsters explore the underwater world.

Divers at Teddington Sub Aqua Club have marked six years of scuba lessons for disabled youngsters at Teddington pool.

The group started the lessons after swimming instructor Wendy Dorgan noticed her pupils, who have learning and physical disabilities, were fascinated by a diver practising nearby.

She said: “My autistic pupils were absolutely fascinated. I thought it would be amazing if they could have a go at diving themselves.

“We have been holding the sessions every year since. The reaction from the youngsters has been fascinating and many of them have picked it up amazingly quickly.”