A Brief History and An Overview of Our Solutions to Social Issues
Inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s documentary on the theme of the freeing quality of the oceans, our project is built on the idea that oceans and seas have a freeing quality for the disabled. Our project started in Bodrum, Turkey, then eventually moved it to Kaş, Antalya which is more suitable for this type of project.
Although the start of the project was an individual initiative, it grew to be a bigger project with the support of certain institutions and corporations (Turkish Underwater Sports Federation, diving schools, the foundations of the diving schools, local governments, hospitality specialists, hotel owners, the Coast Guard etc.) and the required infrastructure has been established. Diving is a difficult activity. At first, the medical and academic circles reacted to the project, and after a year, the weaknesses of the project have been improved, the deficiencies supplemented. Except for those with extreme mental disabilities or conditions not suitable for diving, about 3000 individuals with disabilities from all disability groups have tried diving and adopted the “Diving is Freedom” principle.