PADI recently began touting the benefits of diving for folks who might have a physical disability or are dealing with psychological issues like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The organization supports groups like the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA (WAVES), a nonprofit that teaches and trains veterans to become scuba divers, and Patriots for Disabled Divers (PFDD), an organization dedicated to bringing joy and therapy to those with disabilities worldwide.
Some of the benefits of diving that can’t be replicated out of the water that PADI touts are:
* Relieving physical pain — The weightlessness of being underwater may relieve physical pain and may help patients exercise in a more comfortable manner.
* Building mental strength — It’s a place where patients may be able to focus, be more in control and feel a sense of achievement.
* Preventing social isolation — Scuba…