London Scuba - Since 1994
London Scuba is one of the largest scuba diving schools in the UK, having trained over 15,000 people since it started. The school was set up in 1994 by Ian Pattison, a highly experienced and accomplished PADI Master Instructor. Simon Gray & Steve Skinner joined the team in 2002 & 2005 respectively, and now run the school alongside Ian.
London Scuba is unique in being one of only a handful of PADI Dive Centres with its own purpose built facilities including a 3m deep indoor heated pool, this avoids cold shared public pools or a lane roped off on a Friday evening.
The pool is indoor & heated to 31-32 degrees. The majority at a depth of 3mts, with a skills ledge at one end at 1.4mts.
London Scuba is committed to making Scuba Diving available to everyone.
We highly recommend courses in association with the International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD). The IAHD is a diving association, which has focused upon providing the means for those with physical disabilities who wish to become scuba divers.
IAHD was founded in 1993 and its main goal is to promote, develop and run diver training courses for people with physical or mental disabilities, and for Dive Instructors and others wishing to train divers with physical or mental disabilities. In addition, IAHD organises diving holidays for divers with physical or mental disabilities and inspects facilities to verify their suitability for divers with a physical or mental disability. The organisation has steadily grown and is today, world renowned.
IAHD promotes dive sites with facilities for divers with both physical and mental disabilities, thus making diving accessible to more people. The IAHD is comprised of both disabled and able-bodied people who work together to achieve the IAHD's goals. The ultimate aim of the IAHD is to enable disabled people to enjoy the same level of quality (dive) training programs, certifications and diving adventures as able-bodied people.
This requires competent instructors, underwater guides, capable dive buddies, as well as training programs, standards, guidelines, materials, and member support. The IAHD provides this, and have found that the most effective approach is to encourage those with a disability to try diving, so that they can experience how accessible diving is for them. There are very few disabilities which prevent one from diving. The type of disability varies from person to person as does the way in which one can cope with that disability.
The IAHD receives very positive responses from rehabilitation centres, diving organisations, diving instructors and the media.