Cerebral Palsy

I have a student who wants to learn to dive, but has cerebral palsy. What are the issues?

This condition describes brain injury present at birth and which is manifested by some degree of weakness. This includes a wide variety of clinical problems, ranging from ‘walks abnormally’ to very severe and disabling handicaps. Some cases present accompanying seizures, learning disability and speech defects.
Fitness & Diving

Diving fitness depends entirely on the extent of disability in the individual case. Candidates with mild problems may qualify; candidates with more severe disabilities may qualify through one of the scuba programmes for disabled people. The absence of seizures and the ability to master water skills are particularly important. For participation in scuba, case-by-case selection is needed.
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