. . . TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!
We teach the healing powers of the sea, 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:
These programs were developed in conjunction with two major certifying agencies, PADI (Professional Diving Instructors Association) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors).
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.
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.
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. Rausch holds (3) separate recreational scuba diving instructorships from separate agencies:
Mr. Mark Rausch is a 1985 Graduate of Michigan Technological University in Geological Engineering, holds a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration 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. Mark is currently in Iraq now as a Captain in the Air Force Reserves returning in September 2010.