Wheelchair-bound hero helps disabled people experience the joys of scuba diving
LeadSA hero and entrepreneur Melissa Leonard created Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa to provide the therapeutic experience of scuba to the disabled.
Leonard scuba dives despite being in a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.
She describes the diving experience.
My first pool session I will never forget. Once you are submerged down under water you are amazed as you can breathe. Because remember, people with disabilities are normally chained in a wheelchair confined by gravity; now they get an opportunity to be free underwater.— Melissa Leonard, Founder - Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa
Melissa hosts scuba diving events across South Africa ensuring that disabled people are trained and given the same quality training as differently-abled people.
Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa was registered in 2014 and it functions independently from any dive school.
Scuba Diving has a great rehabilitative effect on people living with disabilities; so great, that it restores their self-confidence and human dignity as well as give them a new perspective in life.— Melissa Leonard, Founder - Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa
Learn more about the Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa below: