SDI Scubility Dive Buddy Program

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SDI Scubility Dive Buddy Program

The SDI Scubility Dive Buddy Program is the pre-requisite for the SDI Scubility Instructor course and is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform as a dive buddy for a physically disabled diver. The practical skills developed are the same as for the SDI Scubility Instructor, making the dive buddy course an important step in the development process.  Pre-requisites include being 18 years of age or 16 years of age with parental consent and demonstrate comfort in diving and adequate swimming skills.  

SDI Scubility Dive Buddy Program
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The SDI Scubility Dive Buddy Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Background information
    • Instructor awareness
    • Public acceptance
    • Lifestyle and personality
    • Social integration
  • Common medical conditions and disabilities
    • Amputations
    • Asthma
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Diabetes
    • Epilepsy
    • Hearing disorders
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Motor neurone
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Sight impairment
    • Spinal injuries
  • Diving environment
    • Confined water
    • Open water
  • Accessibility
    • Access to confined water
    • Access to open water
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Students are required to successfully complete the following skills:

  • Sight impaired diver; show proficiency at giving and receiving tactile signals
  • Complete 2 open water dives as a dive buddy, 1 sight impaired, 1 paraplegic
  • Complete 2 open water dives as a student, 1 sight impaired and 1 paraplegic
  • Complete 1 confined water training session with sight impaired diver (real or simulated)
  • Equipment assembly / disassembly and adjustment
  • Weight system assembly / adjustment with proper weighting
  • Suiting up and de-suiting
  • Pre-dive check of self and buddy
  • Use of mask, fins and snorkel
  • Entries; assistance with controlled seated, back roll, giant stride entries
  • Equipment; suiting up of diver in the water
  • Equipment; removal of divers equipment in the water
  • Exits; assistance with shallow water and deep water exits SDI Instructor Manual
  • Tired diver tows
  • Communication; show good communication / understanding skills on surface and at depth
  • Dive planning; use of tables and PDC, logging of dives
  • Demonstrate sound judgment in dive site suitability planning
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution
  • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
  • Complete a panicked diver rescue drill (surface)
  • Complete a distressed diver rescue drill (at depth)
  • Be seen to be having fun during the course
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Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 16 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of:
    • Current CPR and first aid certification
    • Rescue diver certification


  • Advanced Diver certification with 40 logged open water dives.
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Course Cost: $385.00


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Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are able to conduct dives with physically disabled divers
  • Upon successful completion on this course, SDI Assistant Instructors are able to functions as a Scubility Assistant
  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructors are eligible to enroll in the upgrade course to become a Scubility Instructor
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In order to complete this course, students must:

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution