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DEMA Gets Introspective

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DEMA Show Keynote Session

On April 24th and 25th, Diving Industry leaders representing DEMA’s five stakeholder groups, the DEMA Board of Directors, and the DEMA Staff met in San Diego, California for a Strategic Learning Session. The two-day session, led by Jeff De Cagna, Chief Strategist of Principled Innovation LLC, was designed to use the knowledge of the Industry leaders present to address significant concerns and ensure that both the Association and Industry thrive in the future.  Those in attendance included:

Industry Stakeholders:
  • Don Rockwell, Aqua Lung
  • Sid Stovall, Ascuba Venture, Inc.
  • Mike Hollis, American Underwater Products
  • Tim Webb, Caradonna Dive Adventures
  • Dan Orr, Dan Orr Consulting
  • Mark Young, Dive Training Magazine
  • Dean Garraffa, Huish Outdoors
  • Denise Cable, Independent Consultant
  • Richard Mitsoda, Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas
  • Mike Lever, Nautilus Explorer
  • Drew Richardson, PADI Worldwide
  • Julie Andersen, Consultant, Scubapro
  • Doug McNeese, Scuba Schools International
  • Karin Sahm, Sunset House
DEMA Board Members:
  • Scott Daley, Body Glove International
  • Bonnie Borkin, Bonnier Corporation – Sport Diver and Scuba Diving
  • William Cline, Cline Group Advertising, Inc.
  • Werner Kurn, Ocean Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jeff Nadler, PADI Americas
  • Jenny Collister, Reef & Rainforest Dive & Adventure Travel
  • Tom Leaird, Scuba Educators/PDIC International
  • Stuart Cove, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas
  • Darcy Kieran, Total Diving-Montreal Scuba
  • Stephen Ashmore, TUSA
The group was challenged to address a variety of Industry and Association issues and brainstorm the plausible future direction of the Association, as well as how DEMA can have a positive impact on the Diving Industry. Using the concept of flipping Industry “orthodoxies,” which may be hindering the Association and Industry and preventing effective collaboration, the group identified key problems and brainstormed ways to address these challenges.   “Orthodoxies” are beliefs or ways of thinking that are generally accepted as truth, regardless of how accurate they may actually be.

Participants discussed many different beliefs and “truths,” and four main orthodoxies emerged as highly influential on the progress of the Association:
  • DEMA is just the Show and creates no other value for the Industry
  • DEMA is an “old boys club”
  • DEMA is highly influenced by larger Members/stakeholders to the detriment of other Industry participants and
  • The DEMA Board takes no risks on behalf of the Industry and cares only about itself
These orthodoxies were discussed in detail along with the group’s recommendations for how DEMA and the Industry can move forward together to build trust and collaborate for Industry growth and success.  “More important than identifying these orthodoxies is the understanding that DEMA needs to make structural and other changes that help build value for DEMA Members and Industry participants,” said Tom Ingram, DEMA Executive Director.  “By identifying these orthodoxies, it becomes possible to overcome them when they are not true and positively impact problems that do exist.”
DEMA employed a graphic recorder to capture the key ideas from the learning sessions in a visual format.  Lucinda Levine of INKquiry provided the group with real-time illustrations of the Strategy Session conversations.  These graphics were aimed to help with participants’ comprehension and retention and make the information that was shared easily accessible to the Industry.
Incorporating strategic recommendations from De Cagna, as well as from members of the Industry, will be an ongoing job for the DEMA Board and staff.  The DEMA Board of Directors will meet in June to further discuss the topics raised during the Strategy Session as well as the recommendations provided by the strategy consultant, De Cagna.
 
If you have any questions about the strategy session you can contact DEMA by emailing them at info@dema.org.

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How Scuba Diving can help you overcome physical and mental challenges

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This International Disabilities Day (December 3 2022) PADI is reminding the world of the healing aspects that the ocean (or any body of water) can provide us all and how important of a modality it is for helping those with physical or mental challenges improve their wellbeing. From simply being within close proximity of it or diving beneath the salty surface for an underwater adventure, the ocean is also healing.

Regardless of your age, ability, or even limitations, the ocean can benefit us physically, emotionally and even spiritually. This is why PADI is on a mission to make those benefits accessible to all, launching their Adaptive Techniques Diving Course in the hopes that all of humanity can experience the full transformational power the ocean offers us.

While many are more familiar with traditional therapies, whether it be diving, mermaiding or freediving, people around the world have been forever changed by connecting with the water – conquering mental or physical perceived limitations.

There are an estimated one billion people on the planet that have a physical and/or mental disability – imagine the power that diving and immersion can have on this population if awarded the opportunity.

PADI’s history is replete with people whose lives have been transformed by connecting with the water because they were able to experience and explore the underwater world through PADI programme and certifications. PADI’s approach to diver education has always been inclusive and is a key pillar to their Pillars of Change.  Everyone who meets prerequisites is welcome to join the global community of 29 million+ certified PADI Divers.

PADI created two courses that focus on increasing awareness of varying diver abilities and exploring adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers: the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course.

These courses further expand Instructors’ and Divemasters’ abilities to be student-centered and prescriptive in approach when adapting techniques to meet diver needs. Here are the various ways PADI helps those with disabilities overcome all their challenges by connecting them with water:

1. Improved Muscular Movement, Light Sensitivity and PTSD Symptoms

A 2011 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found, “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.”

2. Lifts Your Mental State and Mood

Did you know that the ocean air can literally lift your mood?  “The sound and vision of the ocean lift our mood,” says consultant psychiatrist Dr Arghya Sarkhel. “The touch of sand and the smell of a seaside breeze leads to relaxation. On a biological level, this audio-visual stimulus incites our parasympathetic nervous system—that activates ‘rest and digest’, as opposed to ‘fight or flight’,” he says. Now scientists are quantifying the positive cognitive and physical effects of water and the improved sense of physical health and well-being.

Equally diving into the therapeutic benefits that diving can provide is Jeffery Puncher, Director for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottowa. He is currently developing a virtual reality diving programme to help his patients find relief from stress and anxiety–using calming scenes of coral reefs and the swaying seas along with the soothing sounds of bubbles beneath the surface. This programme is currently being used with medical students, residents and faculty, with the goal of growing it to be adopted nationwide to help also support the psychological health of first responders.

3. Provides You with a Sense of Peace

Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, has done extensive research on the ocean’s unique ability to induce a state of what he calls the “Blue Mind” in human beings. Blue Mind is a mildly meditative state characterized by calmness, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. Nichols states that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and heal us on a deep level.

4. Enhanced Physical Movement

Being in the water allows you the opportunity to experience a feeling of flexibility and freedom that those with disabilities would rarely get to experience on land. This is because on land the muscles become restricted by the force of gravity. But in the water, that sensation drifts away and is replaced by the freedom to feel the freedom of movement.

5. Confidence and Control

The freedom of enhanced physical movement in the water also provides a sense of increased confidence and control. They can explore beneath the surface just like able-bodied people can do, which equally increases their own self-belief and feelings of empowerment.

6. Anxiety Relief

Those with disabilities who equally suffer from anxiety can find tranquility beneath the surface. By having to focus on your breath and being in the moment, all of the mental stress that can come with having a disability is no longer top of mind and instead allows for an escape in which you can truly enjoy the moment.

Find out more at www.padi.com

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Scubapro Winter Promo: free gift!

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Buy an EVERDRY 4.0 dry suit and receive a K2 Light undersuit set for free!

Divers can look forward to the cold-water season this winter, as SCUBAPRO is offering a free K2 Light undersuit set (top & pants) to all scuba enthusiasts who purchase an EVERDRY 4.0 neoprene dry suit by 15 January.

The EVERDRY 4.0 is a high-quality dry suit made from compressed neoprene. It combines the slim fit, comfort and flexibility of a wetsuit with the warmth and tightness of a dry suit.

The K2 Light Set is the ideal undergarment for neoprene dry suits. Its light grid plush material reliably holds the warmth where you need it in cold waters. The Everdry’s elastic wrist loops and heel strap suspenders keep sleeves and pants in place under the suit. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.

A combination that turns your cold-water lake into a hotspot!

For more information visit the Scubapro website.

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