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South Africa’s Miracle Waters Scuba Diving Quarry becomes wheelchair scuba diver accessible

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A scuba wheelchair diver accessible site at Miracle Waters. Image credit: Handicapped Scuba Association SA

Handicapped Scuba Association SA is reporting today that the Miracle Waters scuba diving site have become much more wheelchair accessible thanks to recent work done by Miraclr Waters.  These facilities including making wheelchair accessible paths, a wheelchair accessible toilet, sink and shower.

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The dive site is being used by Handicapped Scuba Association SA for a 50 hour dive-a-thon this Friday 11 at Miracle Waters Scuba Diving Quarry.  With the event fast approaching. they are seeking divers interested in filling spots.

One of the highlights of the events is visually impaired diver Francois Neeting diving with sighted diver Braam Le Roux, who will be blindfolded during his dive. The pair will try to navigate a course without any ropes, and using only knowledge of the course to complete it. A raffle is associated with their challenge, where people can buy tickets for yes, they will complete it, or no, they will not.

Funds raised by this event go towards assisting South Africans with disabilities in participating in scuba diving, through training them, partnering them with dive buddies and providing opportunities to do open water diving. Handicapped Scuba Association SA works with people with physical disabilities including people with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, amputation, muscular dystrophy, cardiac conditions, cystic fibrosis, paralysis, polio/post polio, and stroke.  They also work with people with vision impairments, including people who are totally blind.  The organization also supports divers with brain injuries and deaf divers.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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