I was recently invited by John Spencer-Ades of The Scuba Place to join a small group from Deptherapy at Roots Luxury Camp in El Quseir in the Red Sea.
Deptherapy are an English based charity that presently seeks to rehabilitate seriously injured British Armed Services Personnel who have suffered life changing mental or physical injuries through the medium of scuba diving.
It was a pleasure to meet with Dean Upson, Luke Simpson, Warren Richardson and Scott Brown, who were all under the caring eye of team leader Richard Cullen. After two days of lectures and pool training the group took to the open water. Conditions were not ideal for any novice diver, the strong winds had whipped up a bit of a sea and produced a very strong cross shore current. Simply undaunted, the group kitted up and with the assistance of a few helpers slipped under the waves to begin their Open Water exercises.
The smiles and excitement on their return to the beach were totally infectious and by the end of the week, all were qualified Advanced Open Water PADI Divers.
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To find out more about Deptherapy visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.