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. 



(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


Certification Dates

June 9th - 11th 

Festival Dates 

June 11th - 13th


Dive Certification

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.  

Event Schedule: 


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. 

Special Guest

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. 

Adaptive Festival Activities 

Crater Diving + Try Scuba 

Ice Hockey 

Mountain Biking

Rock Climbing 

Rock Crawling/Trailer Riding 


Do you have questions?  Need more information? Want to book over the phone or via email?

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385-374-0444    Customer Service email  Salt Lake City, Utah