Volunteers Make Underwater Adventure Possible for Patients and Community Members
Through Shepherd Center’s nationally renowned Recreation Therapy Program, patients and community members have opportunities to explore activities ranging from golf and tennis to art, gardening and music. But that’s not all!
Discover Scuba classes, offered almost every month in Shepherd Center’s newly renovated heated indoor pool, are taught by Bert and Dawn Quist, owners of Divers@Sea, a full-service SCUBA diving center located just a few blocks from Shepherd Center. Bert and Dawn, who volunteer their time at Shepherd Center, teach patients and community members all aspects of scuba, from mask and snorkel swimming to deep end diving in full gear.
For information on Discover Scuba and other Recreation Therapy activities, visit shepherd.org/recreation or call 404-350-7375.
Written by Dean Melcher
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.