Get Certified - Dive Shop/ Adaptive Diver / Adaptive Buddy 

HSA founder/president will be doing the certifications.  Get your store staff adaptive certified.  Becoming an adaptive diver (experience the freedom of diving) Become an adaptive dive buddy. 



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 10th - 12th 

Festival Dates 

June 12th - 14th


Dive Certification

HSA Adaptive Certification  $390 

Includes classroom time, pool day and open water dive. (you do not need to do certified to participate in the festival)

Adaptive Festival Events

SCUBA Diving  $27 

Adaptive Mountain Biking $ 60 

Adaptive Rock Climbing $ 60

Adaptive Ice Hockey $ 60

Hotel Room Options: 

Homestead Resort  $129  a night plus tax

National Ability Lodge $90 a night plus tax 


Event Schedule: 


June 10th - HSA Certification Class Room 


June 11th - HSA Pool Day training 


June 12th - HSA check out dive / certification 

                   Adaptive Festival Participants Arrive 

          6 pm - Submerged Adaptive Festival Welcome BBQ

June 13th - Submerged Adaptive Festival Activities 

          6 pm - Paul de Gelder Submerged Dinner 

June 14th - Submerged Adaptive Festival Activities 

June 15th - 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 apart of the first annual Submerged Adaptive Festival.  This week will be action packed plus more fun than you can image.  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 diver 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, to re-establish his self-image that had been severely damaged, and in 1975, to help 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 Veteran 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 Wooded 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, Quadriplegia

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 source of resources for adaptive individuals.

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

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