For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher May, 816-260-2419
January 23, 2015
What: There are no limits when you have drive and determination. Shantelle Rockman is a highly functional quadriplegic who will soon become a certified scuba diver. Brian Huff from KCMO’s Divers Equipment and Repair will instruct Shantelle in the Scuba Schools International (SSI) Open Water Course, the entry-level course needed to become a scuba diver.
Divers Equipment will host this remarkable event in their 55,000-gallon heated indoor pool.
Brian’s SSI open water instructor certification has been supplemented through a partnership with the Dive Pirates Foundation, an organization devoted to enabling the disabled to scuba dive. The course of instruction will include basic skills such as mask clearing, regulator retrieval, and how to operate the Buoyancy Control Device (BCD). Shantelle will also have to pass tests on treading water and swimming, which she does solely with her hands.
Shantelle suffered a spine injury during a surgery and is paralyzed from the chest down. Through the modifications
made to the Open Water Course by Dive Pirates Foundation, Shantelle will be able to enjoy the wonders of the deep.
Who: Student: Shantelle Rockman was first introduced to scuba in 2010 at the Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., as
part of her rehab from the surgery and subsequent paralysis. Shantelle met with members of Congress in June 2014
to advocate for the passage of bills pertinent to those with disabilities.
Instructor: Brian Huff was first certified as an Open Water Diver (SSI) in 2005 and became an Instructor at Divers
Equipment in 2007. He has been a Dive Pirates Instructor since 2013.
When: February 7, 2015, 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Divers Equipment and Repair Service, 11109 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Mo., 64134. (816) 763-5678
Media welcome to attend. Shantelle and Brian will be available for interview. Photography encouraged.
Please RSVP to Christopher May, 816-260-2419
Dive Pirates: http://www.divepirates.org/about/
Diver’s Equipment and Repair: http://divekc.com/scuba/