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What are the responsibilities of a trained adaptive diver?

Regardless of the diver’s impairments or abilities, it is always the diver’s responsibility to know how to perform all scuba skills either independently, with or without modification or with or without assistance from adaptive dive buddies.
 
After training, the diver is responsible for communicating with the adaptive dive team specifically how he or she performs those skills, who will provide assistance and how the team should coordinate that assistance. The diver should communicate that information well in advance of the proposed dive and always during the predive briefing. That will help avoid confusion as to who is doing what, when and where. Consequently, the planned dive will be safer and more enjoyable.

For example, if the diver has a sensory impairment and is at risk for developing a pressure sore without using padded cushions, the diver should tell the dive team about his or her condition and request the necessary assistance.

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