Can You Dive If You Have Cerebral Palsy and You Are Blind?


great white shark diving

My name is Ashley and I am 27 years old. I first got introduced to

diving and Diveheart in 2008. From the very first time in the pool, I

knew this was definitely for me. It felt amazing and freeing.  I have

cerebral palsy and when I’m in the water I feel better. Like I’m freed

from my physical challenges.


Additionally, I am blind. But using the special mask for diving, I can

see things much more clearly underwater. The colors are more

vibrant and the sea life is very beautiful.


After diving in the pool a few times I decided to get certified as an

open water diver. In August 2008 I went on my first life changing

scuba trip to the Florida Keys with Diveheart. 


I couldn't believe I could dive in the ocean.  The sights on the different dives were so amazing.  My last dive of that trip was an hour long; one that still

sticks out in my mind years later.  By the end of that life changing trip

I was an certified open water diver. 


I was so used to people that would struggle to see past my disability

and see me as just a normal person just like you.  But with Diveheart

that was never a problem.  They saw me for me and not my

differences. They have always told me I can do something instead of

you can't. They call it the can-do spirit. 


They helped to make me a brave, courageous, indpendent, strong, out-going person.


They changed the way I see myself. I will never be the same. 


I look forward to every opportunity to dive now.  


Who would have known that one night just trying diving in a pool would take me on such an adventure and change my life forever?


Written by Ashley Hoffman from Channahon, Illinoid

Jim Elliot


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