Visually impaired students scuba dive for first time

The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington, hosted a scuba class for visually impaired youth from VisionCorps taught by Adaptive Diving Association. Back Row: Dale Harnish, Felicia Ramsey, Donna Garcia, Youth Enrichment Specialist of VisionCorps; Amy Giangiulio of VisionCorps; Erika Rothermel, VisionCorps teacher. Middle Row: Allen Moyer Adaptive Diving Association volunteer. Front Row: Jim Hoser, Founder and CEO of Adaptive Diving Association; Toby Harnish; Dominic Pubbo, Adaptive Diving volunteer; Naima Smith; Jennifer Eaton, VisionCorps Coordinator of Youth Services; Kai Smith; Aidan Garcia, volunteer at VisionCorps; Annie Harnish; Wesley Harnish and Tom Allan, Adaptive Diving volunteer.
The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington, hosted a scuba class for visually impaired youth from VisionCorps taught by Adaptive Diving Association. Back Row: Dale Harnish, Felicia Ramsey, Donna Garcia, Youth Enrichment Specialist of VisionCorps; Amy Giangiulio of VisionCorps; Erika Rothermel, VisionCorps teacher. Middle Row: Allen Moyer Adaptive Diving Association volunteer. Front Row: Jim Hoser, Founder and CEO of Adaptive Diving Association; Toby Harnish; Dominic Pubbo, Adaptive Diving volunteer; Naima Smith; Jennifer Eaton, VisionCorps Coordinator of Youth Services; Kai Smith; Aidan Garcia, volunteer at VisionCorps; Annie Harnish; Wesley Harnish and Tom Allan, Adaptive Diving volunteer. Jesi Yost - Digital First Media
Wesley Harnish, 12, of Lebanon with Adaptive Diving Association volunteer Dominic Pubbo.
Wesley Harnish, 12, of Lebanon with Adaptive Diving Association volunteer Dominic Pubbo. Jesi Yost - Digital First Media

As a way of giving back to the community, The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington, hosted a scuba diving class at its indoor pool for youth from VisionCorps, a Lancaster-based non-profit organization that empowers people who are blind or vision impaired to attain independence.

With the help of Adaptive Diving Association, the visually impaired youth, ages 10 to 13, scuba dive for the first time on April 14.

“Why would someone who is blind want to scuba dive?” asked Jim Hoser of Hilltop Diving. “Because of their vision impairment, these youths have much higher sensory awareness when it comes to their other senses – such as hearing and touch. Their first scuba dive will be an exhilarating experience.”

Adaptive Diving Association provided all the equipment. Heritage of Green Hills provided the pool.

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Adaptive Diving Association founder and CEO Jim Hoser and Adaptive Diving Association volunteers Allen Moyer, Dominic Pubbo and Tom Allan helped VisionCorps students Annie, Toby and Wesley Harnish, Kai and Naima Smith scuba dive for first time.