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About Seable

Our Story.

Twelve years ago, Damiano La Rocca’s father, Carmelo, was hit by a drunk driver. While in hospital, he befriended a young man named Martino who had also suffered an accident and was recovering from a similar operation. As Carmelo recovered the use of his legs, Martino did not. During one of their many conversations, the topic of scuba diving came up and Martino expressed his desire to try this out. After looking into scuba diving lessons for wheelchair users, it became apparent that this was not something that was widely catered for.

As an experienced scuba diver, Carmelo took it upon himself to become an instructor and teach Martino himself. Martino himself enjoyed scuba diving so much that he became the first paraplegic man to dive 59 meters, a Guinness World Record in 2007. From this, both Carmelo and Martino decided that they wanted to help other people with disabilities and so set up an Italian based charity, Life Improvement For Everyone (L.I.F.E).

L.I.F.E focused on rehabilitation and accessible sports so that people with disabilities can, as their motto states, ‘accept the challenge’. L.I.F.E has since gone on to help many other impaired people including young Benedetta Spampinato (blind) who also holds a Guinness World Record (2009), for deep sea diving. Carmelo’s work inspired his son, and Seable’s founder, Damiano. After researching the topic at university, Damiano realised that holidays for people with visual impairment was not widely catered for and knew (from his father’s example) that accessible tourism worked and that there was a gap in the market. From this, Seable was born. Now, Seable is connecting everyone with the opportunities of L.I.F.E. with culture, food and adventure packed holidays accessible for everyone.

Our Promise to You.

We take the time to listen to your ideas and worries, providing our honest and personal recommendations and sharing our first-hand experiences. Our experts are ready to craft your perfect holiday and bring it to life, adding authentic experiences that you will remember for years. We will look after you every step of the way, from our 24-hour emergency helpline to your local chaperone on call.

Our clients range from first time travellers to experienced holidaymakers of any age and sight impairment.

Acting on consistent positive feedback we strive to ensure that every client has a holiday that they will remember for years to come.

The Seable Difference.

With Seable, your visual impairment no longer means you have to travel accompanied by your family members or carers. As a blind traveller you can simply choose a date and book your holiday – we will take care of the rest. When you travel with us you will receive assistance from the time you reach the destination, to the time you depart.

All of our activities are tailored for visually impaired guests and our guides are local to the destinations we visit. They will look after you as a friend, not as a tourist.

 


The People at Seable

Seable prides itself on having friendly staff who have extensive knowledge of the area you’ll be visiting. Below you’ll get to know a little about our team and who you could meet on your holiday.

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Damiano La Rocca

Founder & CEO

Nickname: “The Holiday Tailor”

Damiano is the Founder and Director of Seable Holidays and is extremely passionate and proud of the work that is being done to make tourism accessible for everyone. There isn’t a day where he isn’t looking for the next destination, amazing restaurants and mind-blowing activities. He is always striving to provide the best service for all.

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Emma Shepherd

Office and Customer Relationship

Nickname: “Holiday Tailoress”

Emma is the Office and Customer Relationship Manager. This job requires major planning and she strives daily to ensure she is always creating the best holidays. Emma will listen carefully to your needs while tailor making your own individual holiday offer, down to the smallest details. She is always enthusiastic about turning holiday dreams, into reality.

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Carmelo La Rocca

Diving Instructor – Team Sicily

Nickname: “The Underwater boss”

Inspiration behind Seable’s mission, 25 years of getting disabled people underwater. Coach and motivator behind the 2 Guinness World Records of wheelchair and blind diving

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Giovanni Reitano

Tour Leader & Driver

Nickname: “Mr Wolf”

Tour supervisor and chaperone in Sicily. “The man that can”, from finding a battery charger for your wheelchair at 2am to delivering to your home the pistachio pesto that won’t fit in your luggage.

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Francesco Stabile

Holiday Supervisor – Team Sicily

Nickname: “The Patient Man”

Tour leader and chaperone in Sicily since the very beginning. He knows the best hidden restaurants and bars. He enjoys playing the guitar and singing and sometimes he will put a little show for you.

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Luca Dicorato

Head of Marketing

Nickname: “Grumpy Cat”

At Seable since its inception, Luca is the hand and the eye behind all our holiday and marketing videos and will turn your holiday memories into a George Lucas movie.

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Benny Spampinato

Tour Guide

Nickname: “The Guinea Pig”

Guinness world record in blind deep sea diving, Judo Black belt and guinea pig for any crazy activity Seable’s wants to offer to the blind community.

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Blaz Kavcic

Ski Instructor – Team Slovenia

Nickname: “The Sports Guru”

Blaz is a passionate and enthusiastic team leader who is committed to providing encouragement to his clients and boasts an impressive CV including ski Instructor, mountain guide and Olimpic training for visually impaired people.

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Milka Podobnik

Team Leader -Team Solvenia

Nickname: “The Swiss Chocolate”

Tour leader Slovenia with Seable since 2015, Milka has helped create the programmes and logistics behind the beautiful destination Slovenia


Our Awards

Rotary – September 2014
Certificate of merit for the “Extraordinary commitment in the improvement of opportunities for people with disabilities”

Rotary International Catania, Rotary community corps

UnLtd. – May 2014
Unltd Millenium Award Level 2. Part of The Millennium Commission: only distributor of lottery funds to good causes

UnLtd. for Social Entrepreneurs

Design For All – 2015 – September 2014
Best Practice 2015 – Category: Spaces, products and services already in use

Design For all Awards