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About PHSA


Challenges are about changes, in how we view ourselves, each other, even the world around us. Challenges are about believing in new directions and embarking on them with a sense of excitement and adventure. Discover the changes available for you in working with the disabled whether you’re a Scuba Diving Instructor, a person with a disability, or a diver seeking the personal enrichment of learning how to dive with a handicap partner.

The PHSA Mission Statement

Founded in 1992, Poseidon Handicap Scuba Adventures, a non-profit organization, dedicates itself to improving the physical and social well being of people with disabilities by teaching underwater educational programs to disabled individuals utilizing the Handicap Scuba Association guidelines.

WHO WE ARE. Poseidon Handicap Scuba Adventures (PHSA) was founded by Mark Rausch in 1992 and teaches disabled and supporting able-bodied individuals underwater educational programs utilizing the Handicap Scuba Association guidelines. PHSA is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization and donations made to us are tax deductible and gratefully accepted.

WHAT WE DO. PHSA teaches the following Specialized Educational Programs:
Instructor Training Course (ITC), Dive Buddy Program, and Open Water Certification.

These programs were developed in conjunction with two major certifying agencies, PADI (Professional Diving Instructors Association) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors).

Instructor Training Course: The course provides 3 full days of intensive, insightful theory and application for those instructors eager to accept the challenge of sharpening their teaching skills. Each instructor acquires medical information through 10 hours of lectures on disabilities- what they are and how they relate to diving- followed by a series of confined and open water exercises, designed to simulate disabilities. By ''acting out'' these handicaps, instructors actually experience what it is like to BE a mobility or sight-impaired diver, a sensitizing, often surprising revelation even for instructor who have been teaching diving for many years.

Open Water Certification: Either from accident or disease about 15% of the population is statistically classified as ''handicapped''. In the United States alone this percentage translates into Millions of people, many of whom are fully capable of becoming scuba divers. Our open water training programs are taught with a high margin of safety because we use teaching techniques developed with over 20 years of continues research and feedback. Handicap students are trained and certified according to HSA physical performance standards and a Multi-Level certification system so exacting and sensitive it enables us to train people with a wide range of disabilities, including paraplegia, quadriplegia, even the blind and those with high-functioning brain injuries or mild retardation. We base our students diving proficiency on their ability to assist another diver in the water. For instance, if you’re a Level A diver, you’re certified to dive with one other person; a Level B diver must dive with TWO divers and a Level C diver not only requires two dive buddies but one must be trained in diver rescue. After meeting the requirements of Basic ''Open Water'', some of our A, B, and C divers go on to obtain an ''Advanced'' level of certification.

Dive Buddy Program: Our ''Dive Buddy Program'' offer able-bodied divers the opportunity to expand their underwater world to include sharing it with a handicap partner. An HSA certified Dive Buddy receives nearly as much information and skill training as an instructor, except the training focuses on recreation, not instruction.


Mr. Mark Rausch, P.E. President,
Founder of Poseidon Handicap Scuba Adventures


Mr. James Gatacre

President, Founder of Handicap Scuba Association
Mr. Rausch holds (3) separate recreational scuba diving instructorships from separate agencies:
  1. PADI, Professional Association of Diving Instructors as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer # 41317,
  2. HSA. Handicap Scuba Association as an Open Water Instructor # 614;
  3. SSI, Scuba Schools International as an Advanced Open Water Instructor # 3327.
Mr. Rausch is a 1985 Graduate of Michigan Technological University in Geological Engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. Mr. Rausch began teaching recreational scuba diving in 1987 and has taught paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals to scuba dive.

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Created on 02/04/2003 10:24 AM by admin
Updated on 05/14/2007 02:25 AM by LL
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We are looking for a Grant to develop an HSA Education Series

We have uploaded our "Grant Request" in two formats, Word doc and HTML (for the web).

Please review and let us know what you think.

Here are the "links" to the Grant Request.

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