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DIVE IS LIFE Training, Experiences and a Spirit of cooperation

Project Dive Is Life in Ireland


Dive is Life is a community programme. The objective of the Dive Is Life project is to provide training for a qualification in scuba diving, coupled with associated activities to meet the following goals:

  • Introduce participant communities to scuba diving
  • Provide an appreciation of the local environment, in particular, the Atlantic coast
  • Promote a spirit of cooperation and mutual assistance
  • Build self-confidence
  • Address some of the unique challenges of the participant communities
  • Provide a scuba qualification that can be the first step to a formal professional qualification enabling employability (and travel) in the diving industry  

Participant Communities 

Two distinct communities are targeted for this project: 

  • Youth at Risk – local youth who lack direction, feeling lost, teens struggling at home or school, a tendency to depression or criminality, suicidal ideation
  • Physically Disabled – people who have restricted mobility due to physical disability (including wheelchair users) 

All nominated individuals from the participant communities should be at least 16 years old at the start of the course. 

The idea is that not only will the two communities be taught/trained together, but that they will also work to help each other as part of that training. 

Dive Academy 

The Dive is Life project will be delivered by Dive Academy Scuba Diving School, and the majority of the itinerary will be delivered at Dive Academy premises. 

Course Content

  • Phase 1 

    "Intro to Scuba Diving" lessons (2 hours) including how to use basic scuba equipment, safety skills, some additional diving skills and the opportunity to try it out & breath underwater in the swimming pool. Repeat as often as you like until you are comfortable using scuba gear underwater.

    This phase will give participants a good experience of scuba diving in a confined water environment, and this introduction will allow them to make a decision on whether or not they want to pursue further dive training in Phase 2.

  • Phase 2
    A 12-week program delivering all the training required to attain PADI Open Water qualification. Each lesson will comprise both classroom learning and dive practice, either in the swimming pool, Dive Academy’s unique Aquarium or in the open water (ocean or inland lakes).

    The PADI Scuba Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.
    In addition to the training and certification, the program will also include team-based and social activities.

Long Term Goal

The ultimate goal of this project is to run an annual, two-term, programme that combines the achievement of a formal PADI certification for all participants, with other social and educational activities. 

Dive Is Life is offered in two consecutive phases; prospective participants are invited to participate in Phase 1 before deciding whether or not to continue with Phase 2.

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