Nurse by day, scuba instructor by night

She works with volunteer divers through the Illinois Institute of Diving in Glen Ellyn.She works with volunteer divers through the Illinois Institute of Diving in Glen Ellyn. Deb Dudek gives back by teaching disabled youth and adults how to scuba dive, including many children with spinal cord injuries.Deb Dudek gives back by teaching disabled youth and adults how to scuba dive, including many children with spinal cord injuries. This past summer Dudek became involved in Wounded Warriors, which provides programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Deb Dudek has a passion for her career, but one of her other passions aside from her day job lies under the water. She is a certified scuba instructor teaching handicapped youth and adults how to scuba dive.

“There is no limit to disability or age when they are in the water,” Dudek says, nurse clinician in the pain management department at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.

Many of the individuals she teaches are paraplegics or have had spinal cord injuries. Dudek has even traveled to other countries to help with the program. Dudek helps individuals learn a hobby that is different and exciting while boosting their confidence and helping them to believe in themselves. The students are able to push themselves out of their comfort zone.

“Everybody should have the chance to feel proud of something. Sometimes, we all need a little bit of help,” Dudek says.

Dudek volunteers with the Illinois Institute of Diving in Glen Ellyn, which donates the space to dive.

“I feel truly blessed, fortunate and very passionate in this endeavor to give back not only to the community and this country, but to the sport of scuba diving,” she says.

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