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What should I know about helping an adaptive diver with an amputation?

Mobility-impaired adaptive divers with amputations may need to spend extra time getting weighted properly to accommodate for asymmetrical body composition. This may also be true for individuals who have extremities that have atrophied due to lack of use. The time spent in the pool properly placing ankle weights or clip-on weights so that the mobility-impaired diver is trimmed out properly and comfortable in the water will be worth the effort and will make the dive more enjoyable and safer for everyone involved.

The end of an amputee’s appendage is often referred to as a stump and it is acceptable to call it a stump without worrying about offending the individual.

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