Adaptive divers headed to Brac

Dive Pirates plans another return

Eighty divers, including 18 adaptive divers, are headed to the Brac Reef Beach Resort on Saturday, 23 June to embark on a life-changing trip for both disabled and able-bodied scuba divers alike. 

People with quadriplegia, paraplegia, as well as amputees and other mobile disabilities are set to converge on Cayman Brac this weekend as part of diving expedition offered through the Dive Pirates Foundation, a nonprofit organisation based in the Houston that is dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with disabilities and joining them with the mainstream of divers. 

“For the past seven years we’ve heard from our recipients the joy in getting out of a wheelchair and swimming underwater over shipwrecks and coral reefs off the shores of Cayman Brac,” said Sophie Wimberley, cofounder of the Dive Pirates. “We also have ten of our past recipients joining us on this year’s trip, which is a testament to our success that we’ve introduced them to a sport that they can enjoy for years to come.” 

Eight of the adaptive divers heading to Cayman Brac have recently completed their training from Scuba Schools International. Most are veterans of the US Army or members of law enforcement. 

People may follow the week’s adventures on Facebook through the Dive Pirates Foundation. 

Brac Divers shirt

Eighty divers in all are headed to the Brac Reef Beach Resort, eight of whom just learned adaptive scuba diving through the Dive Pirates Foundation. – Photo: Submitted

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