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Deptherapy announce new relationship with Blue Abyss



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Deptherapy, a UK based charity that seeks to rehabilitate seriously injured British Armed Services Personnel who have suffered life changing mental or physical injuries through the medium of scuba diving, has announced an exciting new working relationship with Colchester based Blue Abyss.

Here is Deptherapy’s official press release:

The Board of Directors of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education are delighted and proud to announce a close relationship with Blue Abyss.

When we were first contacted by John Vickers, the MD of Blue Abyss, he explained the size and shape of his plans for the World’s largest covered water training facility.  It is going to be amazing.  When you hear the words Largest and World in the same sentence you have to ask for more detail.

The project involves an approximately 50m deep shaft, state of the art lecture rooms, hotel, with on-site baro medicine – all of which  are of great interest to our  charity and will provide tremendous benefits to our client-base of ex-military and blue-light disabled.  John went on to say that one side of the pool was to have two lanes at 2m depth to allow free diving to take place as they swim 50m lengths at 2m. He then wanted advice on the best way forward for the facility to become fully inclusive.  On the diving side John had already planned a shallow entry system, chair hoist and nonslip surfaces as well as purpose-designed changing facilities and equipment cages at ground level.

Once we heard this we became very supportive of the project.  To be included at the outset of planning is a real bonus and we want to integrate as many of our experiences in this early phase so that all Deptherapy divers can add true value.  Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education are fully behind Blue Abyss and understand what they are going to achieve in complementing all forms of diving.

Richard Cullen, Chairman of Deptherapy said: “Last year Frank Buchanan of the Scuba Trust described us as ‘setting the standards for the dive industry’ in respect of disabled diver training. Being asked to advise and work with Blue Abyss on this exciting project is an acknowledgement of our preeminent position as the leading disabled diving training agency.”

John Spencer-Ades, MD of Deptherapy said: “We have celebrated our first year as an English charity and what better birthday present could we have than being asked to advise on this project. The commitment from John and his team to make this an accessible and disabled friendly environment is heart-warming.”

We, the Board recognise the need for such a facility and look forward to being able to use it when it is open as it adds a level of safety and progressively controlled but demanding experiences for the practice of essential skills and drills at depths before progression to open water.

For more information about Deptherapy visit

Marine Life & Conservation

Our Seas urge Scotland to bring back Inshore Limit



Our Seas call on Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Scottish Government to follow their own policies and stop the chronic destruction of our seabed by urgently reinstating a coastal limit on bottom-trawl and dredge fishing. Sign the petition here.

Scottish coastal seas have been driven into decline due to decades of mismanagement. Destructive bottom towed fishing gear has had free access to over 95% of our inshore waters since the 1980’s, to the detriment of habitats, biodiversity, fisheries, and communities.

In 1889 a law was passed to protect fish stocks and small boats by banning trawling (except by sail) from within three nautical miles of the shore. Catastrophically the law was removed in 1984 against a backdrop of the industrialization of fishing technology, breaches of the Three Mile Limit, and declining offshore fish stocks.  Access to the inshore appeared to improve catches for a short while, but inevitably led to the rapid decline of fish stocks as seabed habitats – vital nurseries and shelter for many species – were destroyed.

See the trailer of their film The Limit below:

Our Seas are asking you to sign their petition to Bring Back the Fish and Bring Back Scotland’s Inshore Limit. You can sign the petition by clicking here.

For more information about the work of Our Seas visit their website by clicking here.

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And the winner of our AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel competition is…



We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win an AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel from our good friends at AP Diving!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Simon Nicholls from the UK.

Congratulations Simon – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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