logo of SportsAbility 2021
SportsAbility 2021

photo of SCUBA

(Life Worth Leading)



Breathing underwater is such an amazing experience! Participants will have the opportunity to experience snorkeling and SCUBA diving with Dr. Gabrielle K. Gabrielli, instructor trainer with SCUBA Educators International (SEI) and instructor with Handicapped SCUBA Association (HSA), Divers Alert Network (DAN), and Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS).

Those under the age of 12 will snorkel, and those 12 and older will have their choice of snorkeling, SCUBA diving, or both. The pool will be heated to 90 degrees to ensure maximum comfort. Everyone in attendance is required to wear a facemask and distance. If you have any symptoms of illness, we ask that you kindly stay home.

Life Worth Leading is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tallahassee, Florida, that uses SCUBA as a way to help improve leadership skills, get people out of their comfort zones, build self-confidence, increase communication skills, improve emotional intelligence, build problem solving skills, and more. 

Dates & Locations

  • May 2 | 30 minute time slots from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (1 person per time slot) | Tallahassee, FL
    NOTE: each participant can bring up to 3 family members, friends, or caregivers

You must register for a specific time slot in advance to participate in this activity.
Click the register button on this page to save your time slot.

About the HSA Dive Buddy Training Course

Do you know someone with disabilities you would like to involve in SCUBA diving? Do you welcome the challenge of learning about disabilities, accessibility issues, and how to dive with people who have disabilities? The HSA Dive Buddy Program offers open water SCUBA divers this opportunity to expand their underwater world by sharing it with divers with disabilities.

Our next HSA - Handicapped Scuba Association Dive Buddy course taught by instructor Dr. Gabrielle K Gabrielli will be offered in Tallahassee, Florida starting 19 April 2021 at 7:30 PM with a pool session 2 May 2021. We will plan open water checkout dives during the 19 April online session.

This course will help anyone diving with people with disabilities be responsible, considerate, and safe. Participants will receive education on various disabilities and adaptive gear as well as complete skills in a pool session and in checkout dives.
The course combines classroom instruction followed by confined water and open water exercises that are designed to simulate disabilities. In "acting out" the disabilities, divers actually experience what it is like to be a mobility or sight-impaired diver, and the special considerations needed when planning and diving with them. This is a sensitizing and often surprising revelation for even the most experienced diver!

During 8 hours of virtual lectures you will be:

  • Introduced to several disability types and acquired specialized knowledge usually found only in medical environments
  • Accessibility issues and travelling for people with disabilities
  • Special considerations for diving with a disability

During 5 hours of confined water training you will simulate paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputee and blind divers, performing skills that are technically problematic for these disability types. Through these training scenarios you will learn to dive and solve problems differently, developing new skills that are needed to safely SCUBA dive with divers with disabilities.

During 4 hours of open water training you will be in a team of three, role playing as a Primary Dive Buddy with two buddies, one paraplegic and the other blind. You will rotate through all three roles. This training will provide you with specialized knowledge necessary for safely planning and diving with divers with disabilities.

As a Dive Buddy candidate you will receive Dive Buddy Course materials that are a subset of the Instructor Training Course materials. What this means for you is as an HSA certified Dive Buddy you will receive nearly as much information and skill training as an instructor, except the training focuses on recreation, not instruction.

Register for the training at http://scubawithgabrielle.com/registration.html

Return to SportsAbility 2021