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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Indigo Industries and Midwest School of Diving presents the first annual SUBMERGED Adaptive Festival, June 10 - 14th in Midway/Park City, Utah.  This festival brings (HSA) adaptive diver certification for trainers and divers as well as adaptive: diving, mountain biking, rock climbing, rock crawling and even adaptive ice hockey into one fun exciting festival.  Meet Paul de Gelder, host of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, author and shark advocate. Hang out with other adaptive divers, athletes and buddies from around the US and meet with manufacturers of adaptive products that help free those with physical challenges.  This event will be action packed, one-of-a-kind experience that will be unforgettable.


The week is set up in two segments;

June 10,11,12 – Adaptive Diving Certifications from Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) - The weeks kicks off the HSA Founder Jim Gatacre certification days which include 1 classroom, 1 pool day and open dive certification at the Homestead Crater.


June 12, 13, 14 – Adaptive Festival Activity days.

Adaptive Festival begins with a Friday night BBQ with special guest speakers. Saturday and Sunday include diving, mountain biking, rock climbing, rock crawling and ice hockey.  The event will include adaptive product companies displaying the latest in innovative technology, adaptive sport equipment and organizations.  The adaptive festival is set up to accommodate adaptive individuals plus their buddies.  Adaptive and non-adaptive equipment will be available.  


The evening of Saturday night will include in intimate dinner with special guest Paul de Gelder delivering an inspiring message to participants.  Other guest speakers throughout week include Hack Albertson – VP at Paralyzed Veterans of American, Todd Kemery - VP of Paralyzed Veterans of America, MN chapter, Quadriplegia and Dr. Alex Senk- director of sports medicine at VA hospital in MN (tentative).


“We live in a time where technology and understanding can merge to lift physical restrictions.  Water has the magic power to free an imprisoned body and calm a haunted mind.  This event is designed to show the world that being physically challenged does not mean defeat. We are so excited to be a part of Submerged… to give an opportunity to Veterans and civilians with physical and emotional wounds a chance explore the opportunities before them and to witness the joy of victory over self.”

- Ranch Pratt, CEO, Indigo Industries.



“Adaptive diving is the fastest growing segment of the diving community. We are excited to create a certification opportunity for divers, dive shops and instructors in a unique atmosphere that embraces the essence of why diving is so impactful to many of these individuals.”

.                       - Colonel Mark Dugger (US Army Retired), MidWest School of Diving.



Submerged Adaptive Festival is focused and creating a unique experience that brings all types of adaptive sports together in a positive festival atmosphere.


To learn more information on events, certifications, dates, and hotel accommodations please visit



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About Indigo Industries

Indigo Industries is a manufacturer of SCUBA fins, masks, snorkel, DPV’s, BCD, dive bags and adaptive diving products.  Founded in 2016 by Ranch Pratt.  Indigo has assembled a team of seasoned engineers that have been tasked with redefining the parameters of SCUBA equipment design.  Our line of SCUBA equipment goes through rigorous DFMEA and tested requirements to ensure the highest quality of engineering, materials and craftsmanship.  Indigo Industries stands by and lives our brand mantra of TECHNOLOGY FUELD by ADVENTURE.  


About MidWest School of Diving

MidWest School of Diving is a first class scuba store located in White Bear Lake, MN.  Founded by Mark Dugger, MidWest offers its clients over 35-years of diving experience with training certifications from PADI, ERDi and HSA. This premier store in Minnesota is committed to providing outstand service, equipment and community to its clients. MidWest School of Diving is been spearheading the adaptive diving movement in Minnesota.

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