Welcome to Your Journey

For Participants in the Immersion Therapy Service

A valuable source of information for participants and assistants

Who are we and what do we do?

Immersion Therapy™ is a multiple award-winning service that was developed to offer freedom of movement within the weightless environment of underwater using SCUBA equipment. With approximately 5,000 sessions delivered, Immersion Therapy has demonstrated great results for those who have participated.

Why Immersion Therapy is reasonable and necessary:

Immersion Therapy is an inclusive service that has been developed based on a biopsychosocial model. Our person-centred approach is designed to accommodate participants’ individual needs and goals, maintaining participants’ choice and control while assisting to increase functional capacity and enhance social and community participation.

Immersion Therapy can assist a participant to achieve goals in the following areas:

What we DON’T offer

Immersion Therapy DOES NOT OFFER lessons in SCUBA diving. We do not teach or certify open water diving. Immersion Therapy is not SCUBA diving.

Who are our Participants?

Immersion Therapy is accessed by a broad range of people. We have provided services to children and adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities, people with injuries, and those living with serious medical conditions.  The philosophy behind Immersion Therapy is exploring the benefits with the participant.

To date, we have worked with people living with:

  • Complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries L1 C4
  • Single and multiple amputation
  • Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) Mild-Severe
  • Neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy level 1-4 and Neuro Paraplegia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety and Depression
  • Dwarfism
  • Post-surgery recovery shoulders and knees
  • Back aches, sprains and/or strains and injuries.

The broad range of participants, and the setting in which the service is delivered, underpins the psychological and social benefits to all who attend. The physical benefits are achieved by being active in a weightless environment.

General benefits to ongoing sessions

While every person’s session is tailored to them and no two people are the same, there are some common benefits that have been recorded across a wide participant base.

These include:

  • Improved mobility
  • Muscle conditioning
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Decreased pain medication
  • Improved social skills
  • General increases in overall wellbeing

Evidence Base

In 2017 the Lifetime Support Aurthority awarded funding for a research team to look at the outcomes for people participating in Immersion Therapy.

The research is being conducted by the University of South Australia and Doctors from SA Health. More information is available on our website HERE

“The University of South Australia is delighted to be embarking on a collaboration with Determined2 and their medical advisory team of Dr Adrian Winsor and Prof David Wilkinson. Immersion Therapy appears to be a highly novel and engaging experience for the participants and on face value and anecdotal reports looks to offer a quite amazing range of individual benefits to its users. The aim of the research is to quantify the physiological and psychological experience of Immersion Therapy and investigate a range of research tools for their suitability for use in this context.”

Dr Kade Davison

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Program Director - Clinical Exercise Physiology Member of Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity. School of Health Sciences University of South Australia

Research Team

Associate Professor, Gaynor Parfitt
Dr Jocelyn Kernot, Registered Occupational Therapist
Ms Karlee Naumann, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Masters by Research Candidate
Dr Adrian Winsor, Rehabilitation Medicine Physician
Dr David Wilkinson, OAM Medical Director Hyperbaric Medicine Unit

Let’s Do This!

Initial Contact and Booking

The first step toward your Immersion Therapy journey is to contact us online.

You can choose one of these options:

Click the ‘Book Now’ button

if you are ready to book your Meet and Greet. Remember, your first session is free!

OR Click the ‘Enquire Now’ button

if you would like to find out more about the service.

Then choose whatever method suits you best to make contact with an Immersion Therapy

This is a screenshot of the Enquire Now page which you can find HERE

Multiple Award-Winning Service

Winner of Excellence in Inclusive Service Delivery category in the 2016 National Disability Awards for our delivery of the Immersion Therapy™ services.
This award is internationally recognised as part of the United
Nations International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
Finalists in the Regional Achievement & Community Awards in 2017 and 2018.
Winner of Top 50 Small Business Leaders award in 2018

Attending a Meet and Greet


A Meet and Greet is a one-on-one session to see if the Immersion Therapy service is right for you. This is a dry session and will not involve in-water activity on the day.

Throughout your Meet and Greet you will
• Meet the staff
• View the service in action
• Receive a tour of the facility
• Discuss your personal care needs
• Determine your water entry and 
 exit methods
• Experience some equipment 
 demonstrations out of water
• Discuss your communication methods
• Complete Service Agreement
• Book your next session
• Book medical assessment

Funding

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):
We are a registered NDIS provider (Provider Number 4050009088), and can provide services to all NDIS participants with funding for the following categories:

  • 09_008_0116_6_3 – Capacity Building-Increased Social and Community Participation (Support Category 3.09)
  • 15_048_0128_1_3 – Capacity Building-Improved Daily Living Skills (Support Category 3.15)

Return to Work SA (RTWSA/WorkCover):
We are a registered RTWSA provider (Provider Number 0028114). We can provide services to anyone with a workplace injury who has an accepted claim.

Other forms of funding. For example:

  • Lifetime Support Authority (LSA)
  • Compulsory Third Party (CTP)
  • Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)
  • Self-funded by participant

We can provide a support letter, which would include information about your physical, psychological and social goals, to help you request funding for Immersion Therapy. Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you.

Medical Assessment

Before you can participate in Immersion Therapy you will be required to undergo a Medical Assessment. The Medical Assessment certifies you as medically fit to participate in Immersion Therapy. This will be booked at your Meet and Greet session with one of our approved doctors.

Our Fee Schedule is available here under ‘Terms and Conditions’ or you can contact us for a copy.

Professional Services

We work closely with many specialists and Allied Health Professionals to ensure great outcomes for our participants. We are happy to work with any existing providers to add benefit to your time with us.