Handicapped divers take the plunge

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Johannesburg, 13 March 2016 - 150 divers are taking the plunge in Brits in the North West this weekend. But this isn't an ordinary swim event as most of the scuba divers are living with disabilities.

JOHANNESBURG – About 150 divers are taking the plunge in Brits in the North West this weekend.

But this isn&39;t an ordinary swim event, as most of the scuba divers have disabilities.

That hasn&39;t stopped them from spending a combined 50-hours in the water.

The Handicapped Scuba Association of South Africa (HSASA) is hoping to raise funds to train other disabled divers.

“This is a 50-hour dive-a-thon: we diving for 50 hours non-stop from Friday 10am till Sunday at 1am. Last year we made 100,000 and we sold 220 slots, and we (aimed) for 400 slots this year,” said Braam le Roux, course director of HSASA.

“The idea basically is to get as many handicapped divers underwater and bring about awareness of the equality under water in terms of skill in diving. Sounds like a very technical sport, but the reality is that everyone can do it,” said sponsor Steve Rousniack.

“For me as a blind diver, it’s more of sound that I can hear and depending where I dive and what I feel. In the sea I can hear corals, fish and species like the dolphins and the whales whatever slows by,” said Frans van Neething.

To hear more from the divers that took part and their instructors, watch the video below.

 

 

- eNCA Mojo Interns

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