Programs for Those Who Served

PfDD Giving Back To Those Who Served Us

Patriots for Disabled Divers is committed to funding quality scuba training for disabled veterans and others with disabilities throughout the United States. Patriots for Disabled Divers and its affiliates offer all levels of dive training through PADI, the world’s most recognized scuba training organization.

Interested in learning to scuba dive? Want to try it out in the pool first? Just let us know. Anything is possible. Read more about the programs we offer below, and contact us or one of our affiliate dive shops near you to get started.


Discover Scuba

Ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you’re curious, but aren’t quite ready to sign up for a certification course, a Discover Scuba Diving experience might be for you. During a “DSD” you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time!

Scuba Certification

The PADI Open Water Diver certification course is the world’s most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the underwater world. In this course you’ll learn basic scuba diving skills and safety procedures.
The course has three phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives in a pool to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

Gain Confidence, Have Fun – Continue Your Diving Education

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. That is what the “Dive Lifestyle” is all about! Try underwater photography, learn fish identification, or explore a historic wreck. There are dozens of specialty course options after certification. So ask your local PFDD Affiliate “What’s next for me?”