NIU to host Freedom Divers International event

‘Try SCUBA’ allows disabled to experience the freedom of diving

NIU’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education is hosting a free Try SCUBA program Saturday, April 27, for persons with disabilities and their families.

NIU’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education is hosting a free Try SCUBA program Saturday, April 27, for persons with disabilities and their families.

The NIU College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE) will host a Try SCUBA training program Saturday, April 27, for persons with disabilities and their families.

Try SCUBA is presented by the Freedom Divers International Foundation (FDI).

The event is free and open to the community. It will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Anderson Hall pool on campus. Participants are asked to pre-register for the 30-minute one-on-one sessions, which will be scheduled throughout the day.

Established in 2010 and based in Sycamore, FDI helps persons with disabilities experience the freedom that comes from being submerged underwater. FDI works to develop an outlet for family bonding by providing the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the weightlessness of the underwater world and the freedom this allows those with disabilities to interact with others in a way they might have never had otherwise

Freedom Divers International logoBefore forming the foundation, Kurt Clifton, FDI president and CEO, along with the organization’s founding members, offered Try SCUBA programs to wounded military veterans. Since 2003 they have helped more than 100 soldiers and their family members participate in the Upper Keys Warrior Dives held semi-annually in Key Largo, Fla.

Karen Clifton, a member of the FDI teaching staff, also works for NIU as a police officer and paramedic. Jordan Clifton, a freshman at NIU, is a certified IAHD Dive Buddy with the program as well.

For more information, or to sign up for a session, call (815) 528-7753 or email info@freedomdiversinternational.org.

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