One of the best things about diving is that it’s a highly inclusive sport that a huge variety of people can enjoy.
We recently collaborated with well-known hearing aid brand, Connect Hearing, to provide expert tips and advice about travel experiences for people with hearing loss. This is such an important area that’s often overlooked – many people with hearing loss can feel excluded from experiences like travel.
Here’s why diving is something we hope more people with hearing loss will want to become involved in.
As we told Connect hearing for their article, ‘Ideas for Travelling with Hearing Loss’, we aim to accommodate everyone who is interested in diving. That’s why we offer a wide range of training, from beginner level courses right through to those who want to become instructors. Hearing loss isn’t a barrier to progression as a diver – after all, diving is all about being under the water, which makes verbal communication impossible. Divers communicate using hand signals.
We’re also happy to modify our dive briefings for anyone who’s hard of hearing, to include visual aids, so everyone receives the same safety information and everyone can enjoy the experience to exactly the same level.
We offer a range of dive travel options but our home in Manly is, in our opinion, an ideal location to enjoy diving. It’s a visually stunning location for a start, and it also offers a range of other activities perfect for those with hearing loss. Take part in snorkelling and kayaking, or enjoy the numerous coastal walks in the area, with beautiful views of Sydney Harbour.
Cabbage Tree Bay (just 5-minutes from our dive centre) is a no-take marine reserve covering an area of approximately 20 hectares. With white sand and a natural reef of tumbled boulders and rocks descending to a maximum depth of 14 metres, the reserve has seven times the biodiversity and 20 times the large fish density of any other site in Sydney. Visitors to Cabbage Tree Bay can enjoy sightings of Port Jackson sharks, giant cuttlefish, eastern blue gropers, octopuses and schooling dusky whaler sharks.