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    Purine hurts my feet Major Clanger's Avatar
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    I dived off Top Gun with Graham last year. You'd need to discuss with him his motives for what he does and why. All I can say is that he is a cracking bloke and an absolute inspiration.
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    Hey,

    I am currently teaching a blind guy, he did his open water course with one of the specialist agencies, can't remember right now which one. But he is now working his way through the PSAI Advanced Open Water course, the gets his manuals delivered to his computer & the software reads it to him. He has now done over 20 dives with me and he absolutely loves diving & more often than not his first words upon surfacing are to ask when we are diving again.
    We worked together to develop a series of signals to communicate with each other, signals to communicate ok, up, down, stop, add air to suit/bcd, vent air, how long the stop is and many others.
    We agree on a diveplan topside & stick to it, refreshing our signals as part of the pre-dive checks and a briefing about the location we are diving. The same as I would with a sighted diver. He enjoys feeling his way around the sites & wants to dive wrecks & complete his rescue diver course & from what I have seen of him so far I have no doubt that he will do it, and much more besides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen McElhone View Post
    Hey,

    I am currently teaching a blind guy, he did his open water course with one of the specialist agencies, can't remember right now which one. But he is now working his way through the PSAI Advanced Open Water course, the gets his manuals delivered to his computer & the software reads it to him. He has now done over 20 dives with me and he absolutely loves diving & more often than not his first words upon surfacing are to ask when we are diving again.
    We worked together to develop a series of signals to communicate with each other, signals to communicate ok, up, down, stop, add air to suit/bcd, vent air, how long the stop is and many others.
    We agree on a diveplan topside & stick to it, refreshing our signals as part of the pre-dive checks and a briefing about the location we are diving. The same as I would with a sighted diver. He enjoys feeling his way around the sites & wants to dive wrecks & complete his rescue diver course & from what I have seen of him so far I have no doubt that he will do it, and much more besides!

    Stephen
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    Quote Originally Posted by hilrosepaul View Post
    Who's the blind guy on the box?

    Is it Graham?

    Needs a bit of help on land, but apparently in the water you'd never guess

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    Hi

    Mark Threadgold dives with me. I was the person who did the first 100m record with him on an Inspiration. (Pictures are on my website CCR100 Defiance Charters) Mark is 100% blind.

    Graham is the other person on an Inspo. He uses a standard whereas Mark's is modified by Martin Parker due to his total blindness.

    I am happy to discuss signals etc. (I will PM my private phone number) or probably best is I will PM Mark's email. He will be glad to help. Otherwise I won't give him a lift home from the club tonight

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    Thanks for all the replies guys and also the PM's that I've received too.

    We are try diving next week but apparently one person from teh group has exprssed an interest in moving onto full training. I will definitely be bothering the Scuba Trust at the Dive show - I need a new challenge and maybe I've just stumbled across it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kath2407 View Post
    Thanks for all the replies guys and also the PM's that I've received too.

    We are try diving next week but apparently one person from teh group has exprssed an interest in moving onto full training. I will definitely be bothering the Scuba Trust at the Dive show - I need a new challenge and maybe I've just stumbled across it!!!

    K xx
    hi kath

    only just seen this thread been out to malta with our group which included graham and tracy is wife, did some great diving out there with extended run times (3hrs mostly). what people have said about graham is correct he is a very competant diver considering his disability, and he is also a top bloke to be with, i am sure he would help you out with any info and would probably be an asset for you to know, he also lives in your neck of the woods. I f you still need any help drop me a pm and i will send you his contact details

    alby

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    The try dive was last night and it turns out that Graham is part of the group - one of their organiser/facilitator people for the Young People's Blind and VI group. It turns out that I recognised Graham having randomly chatted to him in Divers Warehouse once a few years back. So we had a bit of a chat and a catch up which was nice.

    As for the try dive, the lady I took in was pretty apprehensive - although I explained that we'd be in 1.2m of water and if there were any issues she should just stand up she did ask me what the % chance of dying was. I reassured her on that one!!! She said that she enjoyed the experience and felt a personal satisfaction from having over come her nerves but diving wasn't the sport for her! (Not everyone can be assimilated!) I hope that wasn't a reflection on me!!

    I found it really difficult - I do talk with my hands - so it was wierd not to just drop into old habits - I had to keep checking myself and thinking about how I'd explained things. I also found it physically exerting. Obviously the lady was expecting me to give her direction around the pool but she was very tense (and probably so was I) so I found it much harder that I expected to direct her.

    She was 100% blind where as some of the other try divers had differing levels of visual impairment and were interested in watching the bubbles or the light on the surface.

    All in all - a) I was incredibly proud of what she achieved in overcoming her own fears (kind of like any try diver really) b) I was incredible honoured that she would hand over her trust to me when we'd literally met only 10 minutes previously and c) a little bit chuffed with myself - I don't think I did horrendously bad - would do somethings different next time but I managed not to drown any blind people!!!!! - RESULT!

    K xx

    Quote Originally Posted by Alby R View Post
    hi kath

    only just seen this thread been out to malta with our group which included graham and tracy is wife, did some great diving out there with extended run times (3hrs mostly). what people have said about graham is correct he is a very competant diver considering his disability, and he is also a top bloke to be with, i am sure he would help you out with any info and would probably be an asset for you to know, he also lives in your neck of the woods. I f you still need any help drop me a pm and i will send you his contact details

    alby


 
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