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.
Fancy plunging into a cold water lake at the end of winter? Neither do we, that’s why we wear drysuits! Find out more about our ‘shake out’ dives … Continue reading
Lat weekend, 8 members of TSAC travelled to Swanage to take part in a Seasearch Observer course. The purpose of the course was to learn how to survey and record the marine habitats we dive in. Continue reading
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.”
Six TSAC members went to London Diving Chamber in February to experience a dry dive to 40m. We changed into blue scrubs (only marginally more attractive than your average dry-suit) and went through a safety briefing, before clambering in to the chamber. Once inside, we had to don ear protectors as the decompressor makes quite a noisy hiss.