Social adaptation through scuba diving

The dive-clubs Afalina (Tomsk Polytechnic University) and Nayada (TUSUR) invite children left without parents and in a difficult life situation and students to participate in a social adaptation course. Divers will train them in scuba diving according to the programs of the World Confederation of Underwater Activities (CMAS). The project started on 1 September 2018 and will last during the whole academic year. Everyone interested might join the training course.

Divers from TPU and TUSUR run the volunteer project Discover a Heritage of Cousteau of the Federation for Underwater Sports of the Tomsk Oblast, which was supported by the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for sports activities.

The training program was designed for orphans, children left without parental care and in a difficult life situation, as well as students in need of social adaptation.

The divers note: ‘We will apply approved CMAS methods for training diving for social adaptation.

Scuba diving is a pair sport, it develops attention to the partner, accuracy and skills, helps to establish interaction between people. This might be very useful for children and freshmen of degree and research programs, who experience changes in life, join new teams, receive an unusually large amount of knowledge. It can be very difficult to cope with hard times without the support of parents and friends, stress affects academic achievements and our program will help to take their minds off, make friends and adapt.’

According to the experts, participants will have an opportunity to feel themselves as Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the inventor of the scuba and CMAS techniques, applying his methods and diving courses offered by him. English speakers are also invited.     

‘During ten months we will hold open days in the swimming pools where each participant can try scuba diving. Municipal competitions, a summer tent diving camp and a rafting trip on a catamaran for 15 people along the Ob River will be also arranged,’

 – tell the scuba divers.

The project partner is the Tomsk-based Center for Children without Parents Orlinoe Gnezdo. The children from the Center will be the first participants of the program and psychologists will monitor the change in their psychological state during the program.

The project includes two intakes: one for the fall term and one for the spring term. Students from all Tomsk universities may enroll in the ongoing term. Contact the organizers by phone: 89528882040. Stay updated on the program at the Afalina Dive Club group on Vkontakte.

The next Open Day will be held in mid-September for everyone to meet the scuba divers and find out more about the club.

‘Many people worry that they can’t swim on the surface of water but they dream of diving. So, diving differs greatly from classic swimming. It is hard to believe but many newcomers are very poorly kept on water and perfectly cope under water. Therefore, the ability to swim is desirable but not necessary. You will always be looked after by rescuers and instructors,’

 – the experts emphasize.