Diving With a Disability

SCUBA DIVING aids those with the most serious of physical injuries and is SUCCESSFUL IN REDUCING SYMPTOMS of PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

WHEN YOU’RE IN WATER, CORTISOL LEVELS GO DOWN, your breathing and heart rate go down and YOU RELAX.

Diving helps with MUSCLE STRENGTH, INCREASES ENDURANCE and balance, heightens mobility, REDUCES OVERALL PAIN and IMPROVES BLOOD FLOW.

The increase in pressure makes SCUBA CALMING FOR SOMEONE WITH AUTISM. Noises and stimulations vanish while underwater and DISTRACTIONS ARE MINIMIZED.

If you have found your way to this section of the website it may very well be because you, a family member or a friend has had to adjust to life with a disability. This adjustment can be a difficult path or transition. Scuba diving has shown numerous advantages as a social and physical stimulation for the rehabilitation of disabled individuals, allowing them to interact in a near weightless state, with many feeling that the normal obstacles and restrictions their disability gives them on land, disappears in water when given the right equipment and training. Amazing stories of triumph over adversity, illness and hardships testify to diving’s healing power – sometimes when nothing else worked. In diving, many people have found hope for their futures.

A lifetime experience

At Blue Yard Hub we aim to inspire all people to find joy and amazement in experiencing the beauty of the Big Blue, whether as a one-off experience or as an activity that you will choose to keep on repeating. We seek to empower those with a disability to defy misconceptions and dive into a new world, with new experiences and new people. Set out on a journey of discovery, both into yourself and the wonders of the Aegean Sea. In case of hesitation or uncertainty, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be sure to respond promptly.

We have done our best to create a welcoming learning environment for all. The open plan layout of the Hub and wide entrances facilitate easy access to the class room, changing rooms, toilet and shower area. In addition to the world’s leading diving standard PADI we offer Disabled Divers International (DDI) programs to be able to cater for all your needs.

Diving with a disability

Eligibility

  • 10 years or older
  • Signed statement from a physician (please contact us to send you the appropriate form)
Seatrac disability access

Access to the sea in Porto Rafti

During the summer months the beaches of Agios Spiridonas (Greek: Aγιος Σπυρίδωνας) and Agia Marina (Greek: Αγιά Μαρίνα) are equipped with the prizewinning Greek invention Seatrac, a solar-powered mechanical ‘slide’ that allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously.

The organized municipal beach at Avlaki (Greek: Αυλακι) is equipped with a concrete ramp as well as changing rooms, showers, sun-beds and a beach bar serving food and beverages. There is a large parking lot right next to the beach. Entrance to the beach and its facilities is free of charge for people with disabilities.

Porto Rafti’s unique geography and choice of beaches means that calm seas and easy access are available during the better part of the year no matter where the wind is blowing from.