The program is designed to help improve the lives of our injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan SUDS offers scuba certification programs through Scuba Diving International (SDI). The program is run by a dedicated staff of volunteers who are passionate about helping our injured service members and about the sport of diving.
SUDS is based at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMC) in Bethesda, MD. In 2013 SUDS offered its first open water certification class to those service members at Naval Medical Center (NMCSD) San Diego, Calif. The SUDS program is for OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) & OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) service members under “PT” physical therapy & “OT” occupational therapy care who have a permanent physical disability requiring adaptation.
The fundamental training is online utilizing SDI’s training system which allows the participants to learn the basics at their own pace. The practical adaptive scuba program is taught at the aquatic therapy pools at the medical facilities. The majority of the service members trained have received severe injuries and any members who are not able to perform a skill that meets the SDI open water standards is offered the chance to earn their scuba certification with a Scubility™ certified scuba instructor.
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