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Autistic kids can dive?

Discussion in 'Divers with Disabilities' started by gehadoski, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. raftingtigger

    raftingtigger Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Woodland, CA, USA
    My son is a certified diver and just recently diagnosed with ASD (Asperger's) as a young adult. He is a natural diver (but still very inexperienced) and sometimes I worry that he is too comfortable underwater.
  2. iluvtheocean

    iluvtheocean Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    it would be the inexperience underwater more than anything. the only way to be be too comfortable underwater is to think you don't need a gas source/etc. (can breath like you have gills).
    most of the risks he may/might take would probably due to age more than anything -- set limits on what he can/can't do underwater just like anything. Make sure he's regularly checking his gas supply and following the dive plan.
    I'm fine under the water and know my limits. Above water? my wife still has trouble getting me to do stuff around the house except when i want to and it annoys her to no end. Haven't decided if that's the ASD or just being a guy/husband :D

    Swampy on the other hand has been known to pursue questionable risks especially in regards to caves/caverns. But since i think he's at least legally an adult it's his business until someone has to pull him out. But the only arguments i really recall reading were in regards to lack of training at that time. Is it due to ASD or just being a young college-age male - couldn't tell you.
  3. berk

    berk Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Philly
    Come on; you're a Divemaster/Instructor. It's not the kids you need to worry about. They learn fast and it's unnerving how good and comfortable they become. It's the parents you may have to rescue! Especially if they've been watching little Johnny the entire class instead of paying attention and remembering the skills. The parents don't always learn so fast.:D
  4. raftingtigger

    raftingtigger Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Woodland, CA, USA
    To iluvtheocean and berk in the preceding posts: My post was to show that people on the autism spectrum (ASD) can dive. I used my son as an example. He learned to dive at age 18 and was formally diagnosed with Asperger's (AS), a form of autism, as he approaches his 21st birthday. He is very comfortable in the water and jokes that during a pool dive he even fell asleep on the bottom. On land he doesn't appear to be as observant as many others - but this may be just the way he appears. As a mother AND a divemaster I worry if he is being too casual/underestimating the dangers involved in diving. It has nothing to do with his AS. I included the comment to show that people on the ASD can dive and can be comfortable doing so.

    I actuality I trust this son underwater more than I do most 20 dive divers I have buddied with. (which is a little farther than I can see them).

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