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Wheelchair-bound hero helps disabled people experience the joys of scuba diving

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

LeadSA hero and entrepreneur Melissa Leonard created Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa to provide the therapeutic experience of scuba to the disabled.

Leonard scuba dives despite being in a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

She describes the diving experience.

My first pool session I will never forget. Once you are submerged down under water you are amazed as you can breathe. Because remember, people with disabilities are normally chained in a wheelchair confined by gravity; now they get an opportunity to be free underwater.

Melissa Leonard, Founder - Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa

Melissa hosts scuba diving events across South Africa ensuring that disabled people are trained and given the same quality training as differently-abled people.

Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa was registered in 2014 and it functions independently from any dive school.

Scuba Diving has a great rehabilitative effect on people living with disabilities; so great, that it restores their self-confidence and human dignity as well as give them a new perspective in life.

Melissa Leonard, Founder - Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa

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