Dive Pirates, Adaptive SCUBA

Adaptive/Classified SCUBA

​Our passion for Scuba extends to offering this mainstream activity for individuals of all abilities. Phoenix Scuba is the only facility in Western New York to offer these programs with one of the largest trained adaptive instructor staffs in upstate New York.
​We not only train individuals with disabilities to become Scuba Divers, we gear travel programs and local trips so our Classified Divers can enjoy this adventure for a lifetime. Our adaptive divers have traveled with us to the Florida Keys, U.S. Virgin Islands and Cayman over the past 9 years.

​Those typically qualified for this program can include people who have: Spinal Injuries, Amputations, MS, MD, Diabetes, Sight and Hearing Loss.

​Phoenix SCUBA supports the Dive Pirates Foundation, Western New York Adaptive Water Sports, Disabled Sports USA, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Orthotic Prosthetic Athletics Foundation’s First Dive Program.

Call or stop in and find out more about our programs and prepare to enjoy the underwater world. 716-822-2816

Dive Pirates

Phoenix Scuba is proud to be the Western New York Chapter of Dive Pirates.

Who we are:

A group of volunteers that believes in supporting our community with our passion of scuba diving through the Dive Pirates Foundation, a 501 c 3 not-for-profit public charity

What we do:

Dive Pirates supports, trains, equips, and provides dive travel to individuals with disabilities through Classified Scuba Diving

Our Mission:

Based on camaraderie, compassion, freedom to dive, and the Code of Conduct, Dive Pirates will support, train, equip, and provide dive travel to individuals with disabilities through Classified Scuba Diving.

Our Vision:

Dive Pirates will create a community of Disabled Divers that will dive and travel in the mainstream world of Scuba Diving through education and overcoming obstacles.

What’s in a Name?

Dive Pirates derives its name and philosophy from the combination of diving adventure and the romance of the Caribbean, especially the panache of pirates. Traditionally, pirate crews would take care of injured crew members by making them peg legs, hooks, eye patches, etc. Disabled crew members were not banished from the ship, but were given new tasks that they could perform and be useful to the rest of the crew. They were also given a pre-determined cut of the booty in exchange for their contribution. Dive Pirates continues that spirit by bringing the Classified SCUBA Divers along with the rest of the crew and cutting them in on the priceless booty of Scuba Diving in the Caribbean.