The head office of Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa is located in Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa, and is an non-profit organisation that specialises in training people with disabilities, on how to scuba dive. Our NPC number is: 2014/027833/08 Scuba Diving has a great rehabilitative effect on people living with disabilities – so great, that it restores their self-confidence and human dignity, as well as gives them a new perspective in life. After being trained on how to scuba dive, they do not only gain new skills in recreational diving, but they also meet new long-lasting friends and have a sense of belonging. Scuba diving opens up a new world to disabled people, who thought that their lives are over. After being trained, the disabled divers start to live more adventurously and live their lives to the full. When diving (and with the help of their dive buddies), the physically challenged and wheelchair bound people, get the opportunity to be free from gravity for approximately 50 minutes (duration of a dive) and are able to move as freely as they like. These disabled people’s outlook on life, are permanently changed. People with various disabilities, ranging from: spinal bifida, hearing loss, amputees, paraplegics, quadriplegics, muscular dystrophy, sight impairment, hemiplegics, cerebral palsy, cognitive disability and locked-in syndrome, are all trained and are known as HSA Divers. About the HSA Instructors and HSA dive buddies: The people who assist the disabled divers under water (who gets no compensation, but they do it out of love and compassion), receive special training and are known as HSA Instructors and HSA Dive Buddies. During the instructors- and dive buddy training course, the instructors and dive buddies receive medical information during 10 hours of interactive lectures, on various disabilities. When their practical part of the course starts, they literally have to ‘act out’ the various disabilities, so that they can experience and have a better understanding of what a disabled person (with a specific medical condition) will experience, when under water. We at Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa are dedicated and aim to change and improve the physical and social well-being of people living with disabilities, through the recreational sport of Scuba Diving. We are dedicated to ensure, that the disabled people whom we train, are given the same opportunity to receive quality training, certification and dive adventures – just like the able-bodied divers do. We not merely just aim to train disabled people and to let them have a once off experience – NO!, it is also our desire and focus to assist these disabled divers, to continue to dive and also experience dives in the sea, as well as to get them socially involved. In order to fulfil the dreams of these disabled divers and to take them on trips and experience the undersea world, we need funds, as there are some of these disabled divers who are not financially able to pay for themselves. On previous occasions, we were fortunate to have sponsors who came on board with- and assisted us, in raising funds and making these trips, a possibility.