Hubert Chretien M.S.M


Mr. Chrétien first experienced the wonders of scuba diving at the age of 11, in 1972. Mr. Chrétien has taught scuba diving to people with disabilities since 1993. In this time he has taught men and women with various types of disabilities: paraplegics, quadriplegics, persons with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple scleroses, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and others. Many of his students have gone on to become very active divers engaging in such activities as night diving, deep diving, wall diving and even ice diving. His students have explored the Red Sea, Australia's Barrier Reef, Indonesia and multiple locations in Canada and the Caribbean. Hubert Chrétien is a member of the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA); the first and only international scuba accreditation agency for people with disabilities. As one of only two HSA course Director trainers in the world, Mr. Chrétien is qualified to train scuba instructors in the instruction of people with disabilities. As part of his HSA Scuba Instructor curriculum he teaches diving techniques, basic physiology, psychology of disability, access and general disability awareness issues.


In December 2015 at Rideau Hall, the Governor General of Canada recognized the inspiring work of Hubert Chrétien in Freedom at Depth Canada in decorating him with the Meritorious Service Medal M.S.M.


Hubert was featured in the following news stories :


Founder's Profile

Board of Directors

Marc Dumalski - President; Robert Brown - Director; Daryl Rock - Director

Tim Inglis - Instructor

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Mr. Inglis is one of two HSA SCUBA instructors that teach with Freedom At Depth. Having lost his right leg to bone cancer in 1999, Tim learned to dive in 2002 at the age of 14. For an athletic youth sidelined in more traditional sports such as hockey and baseball, SCUBA diving presented a fantastic opportunity to stay active. In his ten years as an HSA diver, Tim has earned several certifications, culminating in his becoming an instructor in 2009. Tim’s primary focus is leading dives for people with a wide range of disabilities, including diving as a primary buddy for students who cannot swim or preform other fundamental SCUBA skills independently. After Hubert Chretien, Tim is the second most experienced HSA Instructor in Canada.


As a result of his experience with Freedom At Depth and as an amputee, Tim has developed a passion for adaptation and developing novel solutions to problems faced by people with disabilities. Consistent with this passion is his personal pursuit of developing systems for inexpensive prosthetic limb manufacturing through the use of rapid prototyping technology. Tim is currently studying Biomedical Electrical Engineering at Carleton University.


Daryl Rock - Past President


Daryl Rock is a retired senior executive of the Canadian Federal Public Service where he worked for more than two decades in various departments including the Department of the Secretary of State, Human Resources development Canada, the Public Service Commission and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is a recognized expert in social development, research funding and public policy. He has presented at conferences throughout North America. His work has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine.

Daryl is a committed volunteer seeking ways to improve quality of life for all citizens through innovative services and multi-stakeholder partnerships. He believes strongly that solutions to complex community problems can be found by NGOs working in collaboratively with business and governments. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Institute For Knowledge Mobilization, an international organization committed to bridging the gap between evidence production and its use (looking at innovative ways to translate research into action). He is also a member of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, (an international organization dedicated to helping the sick and poor); the board of the Healthy Aboriginal Network, (committed to improving the quality of life of aboriginal youth) and member of the BC government’s Expert Panel for Employment of Specialized Populations. He is the past-Chair of the Rick Hansen Institute, past-Chair of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, past-Chair of Freedom at Depth Canada, and past-Chair of the Global Accessibility Map. Over the years he sat on numerous other board and government committees. He is also active in politics working at the riding level as a member of his Electoral District Association Executive Committee.

With more than 25 years of NGO governance experience and an equal number in the area of public policy and public administration, Daryl has developed a deep understanding of corporate governance, research management, program evaluation and community/stakeholder engagement.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, and a BA in political science both from Carleton University, as well as a CEGEP certificate in engineering from College Militaire Royale de St. Jean.

Originally from Halifax, N.S., he currently resides in Vancouver with his wife Melanie.

Mark Dumalski – President


Mr. Dumalski is a Chartered Professional Accountant and one of the first visually impaired individuals in Canada to become certified as a recreational Open Water Scuba diver. Following his Recreational certification in 2002, Mr. Dumalski obtained his Advanced level HSA Certification with Freedom at Depth in 2008. In the years since his introduction to the sport, Mr. Dumalski has continued to demonstrate that conventional expectations concerning the visually impaired community and Scuba diving do not always apply. With minimal assistance from sighted divers, he has completed countless dives, independently exploring several ship wrecks in the St. Lawrence River, fresh water caverns in Northern Florida, and coral reefs in the South Pacific.


From his career as a tax practitioner in Deloitte’s International Tax Group, to his numerous pastimes including Scuba diving, curling, and downhill skiing, Mr. Dumalski’s life is full of examples which demonstrate his firm belief that persons with disabilities are capable of achieving any goal, and accomplishing any task, regardless of perceived limitations.


Earning both a Bachelor of Commerce degree and the Gold Medal for Academic Achievement in Commerce from the Telfur School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Mr. Dumalski has a strong history of active involvement with numerous not-for-profit organizations. In addition to his role as Treasurer with Freedom at Depth Canada, he has served as chair of the steering committee for the Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN), a United Way-led community initiative that aims to increase meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities and promoting inclusive and accessible workplaces in Ottawa and the National Capital Region. He has also served as President of the Ottawa chapter of the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians, a national consumers’ advocacy group for the visually impaired community, and as a spokesperson for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.


Mr. Dumalski was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and lost his sight as the result of an illness at the age of 2. He currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Alison, their son, and numerous pets.