Project TIDE (Teenagers in Deep Environments)is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of teenagers and young adults with disabilities through scuba diving. A collaboration between diving and rehabilitation professionals, Project TIDE is the brainchild of Marianne Preker, dive instructor and owner of Underwater Safaris Scuba Center in Chicago; Kris Johnson, recreation therapist at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago; and Sara Klaas, social worker and spinal-cord-injury program coordinator at Shriners Hospital.
Project TIDE helps teens with disabilities to regain their independence through learning to dive. In order to scuba dive, Project TIDE participants improve communication and problem-solving skills, challenge themselves, and overcome fears. The result is a heavy dose of self-confidence that carries over into their everyday lives.
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