Get Certified - Dive Shop/ Adaptive Diver / Adaptive Buddy
HSA founder/president will be personally certifying. Get your store staff adaptive certified. Becoming an adaptive diver (experience the freedom of diving). Become an adaptive dive buddy.
ADAPTIVE FESTIVAL 2021
(2020 event is cancelled due to Covid-19)
New 11 month payment plan option for 2021
The crater is a geothermal hot spring created over 10,000 yrs. Mineral rich water with continuous temp of 90 - 96 degrees. The crater is 65 ft deep. Bucket list dive destination. Perfect for adaptive diving.
Legendary Homestead Crater
June 9th - 11th
June 11th - 13th
HSA Adaptive Certification $390
Includes classroom time, pool day and open water dive.
(you do not need to be certified to participate in the festival)
Adaptive Festival Events
SCUBA Diving $ TBD
Adaptive Mountain Biking $ 60
Adaptive Rock Climbing $ 60
Adaptive Ice Hockey $ 60
Rock Crawling/Trailer Rides
Hotel Room Options:
Homestead Resort $129 per night plus tax
National Ability Lodge $90 per night plus tax
NEW 11 month payment plan option.
June 9th - HSA Certification Class Room
June 10th - HSA Pool Day training
June 11th - HSA check out dive / certification
Adaptive Festival Participants Arrive
6 pm - Submerged Adaptive Festival Welcome BBQ
June 12th - Submerged Adaptive Festival Activities
6 pm - Paul de Gelder Submerged Dinner
June 13th - Submerged Adaptive Festival Activities
June 14th - Depart home
All activities have adaptive and standard options.
More Adaptive Sports
Mountain Biking / Rock Climbing / Hockey plus more
Experience more than just diving. National Abilities Center is in Park City and we will have activities for you to experience. This festival is about exploring all the adaptive options available.
Meet other Adaptive Divers, Learn about innovative products and have a fantastic time
Be a part of the first annual Submerged Adaptive Festival. This week will be action packed plus more fun than you can imagine. Meet Paul de Gelder, host of Discovery Channel's Shark week - he has an outstanding message for our participants. Plus see the latest in adaptive equipment and meet people from around the world.
Paul de Gelder - Host of Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Ex-Military Diver, Survivor of a Shark Attack (lost his arm and leg), Shark Advocate, Author and Motivational speaker.
Paul has an exclusive message for Submerged participants. His one-of-a-kind message will be empowering, memorable and an experience that will change your life forever.
Jim Gatacre - HSA Founder-President
Get your adaptive certification from the founder himself at the Submerged adaptive festival. We are certifying shops, instructors, adaptive divers and adaptive dive buddies. Jim is a U.S. Army Veteran, founder of Handicap Scuba Association (HSA) and a NAUI Instructor and Course Director. In 1972, while attending college, he sustained an injury to his right arm that left it paralyzed. He started Scuba diving in 1973 as a means to recover emotionally and re-establish his self-image. In 1975, he organize and teach the first Scuba course for people with disabilities at the University of California Irvine (UCI).
Dr. Alex Senk - Sports Medicine Specialist, Dir of Sports Medicine at MN VA Hospital.
Dr Senk specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in helping patients with disabilities. Their focus is rehabilitation, restoration of function and a return to a high quality of life. Dr. Senk will be a guest speaker
and available for questions.
Hack Albertson - National VP of Paralyzed Veterans of American.
Hack is a former Marine. He has been involved in several positions within the PVA. Hack sustained a T-7 complete spinal cord injury in 1994. Since his injury he has earned 32 medals at eight National Veterans Wheelchair Games. He is a diver and a member of Paralyzed and Disabled Scuba Diving Organizations and Wounded Veterans in Parks (WVIP) program. He is an amazing role model. Hack has had the honor of diving the USS Arizona.
Todd Kemery - VP of Paralyzed Veterans of America, MN chapter.
Todd is a Veteran and former Marine. For the last 18yrs his mission has been improving the lives of US veterans. He participated in National Veterans Wheelchair Games and several other adaptive sports. Nothing has stopped his relentless spirt and his life and accomplishments have been honored.
Megan Welty - Adaptive Fitness Expert at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.
Megan is an adaptive fitness expert with a focus on adaptive scuba diving. She works with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation and is the liaison to University and VA Hospital. She is extremely knowledgeable and has a vast resources for adaptive individuals.
Adaptive Festival Activities
Crater Diving + Try Scuba
Rock Crawling/Trailer Riding
Do you have questions? Need more information? Want to book over the phone or via email?