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About Seable

Our Story.

Is it possible for a holiday to change your life? Twelve years ago, Martino Florio and Carmelo La Rocca met in a hospital room, each recovering from a serious accident. While Carmelo, having been hit by a drunk driver, regained the use of his legs, Martino’s injuries meant that he was paralysed, and would have to use a wheelchair.

Martino didn’t take it well; paranoia and depression came straight after. Carmelo decided then and there, that he should commit his life to help Martino get through.

As they talked Carmelo shared his passion for scuba diving and in the following months the two men worked together to start the charity “L.I.F.E.”, (Life Improvement For Everyone) focusing on rehabilitation and accessible sports, with the motto: “accept the challenge”.

Martino enjoyed scuba so much that he became the first paraplegic man to dive 59 meters, a Guinness World Record in 2007. L.I.F.E has since gone on to help many other disadvantaged people including young Benedetta Spampinato (blind) who now also holds a Guinness World Record (2009), for deep sea diving. Now, Seable is connecting Brits with the opportunities of L.I.F.E. with adventure-packed holidays. Damiano La Rocca , Director of Seable and also son of Carmelo La Rocca, whishes every disabled person in the UK to enjoy a rewarding, exciting, and potentially life changing holiday.

On a Seable trip visually and physically impaired people can enjoy accessible excursion and activities such as scuba, olive oil making, exploring Europe’s highest active volcano or simply having a stress-free holiday.

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 will linger in your memory. We will look after you every step of the way, from our 24-hour emergency helpline to the local chaperone on call to take you around the famous city and hidden places.

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 necessitates the need to travel accompanied by your family members, or carers. Now, 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 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

Nickname: “The Holiday Tailor”

Founder and Director of Seable Holidays. Always looking for the next accessible destination, amazing restaurants and mindblowing activities.

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Emma Shepherd

Front Office Manager

Nickname: “Holiday Tailoress”

Office and customer relationship manager. Emma will listen carefully to your needs while tailoring the best holiday offer for you.

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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

Freelance Videographer

Nickname: “Grumpy Cat”

Making Seable’s video souvenirs since 2013, Luca will capture a clip of your holiday and turn it 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