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Dr Richard Castle joins Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education



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The Board of Deptherapy has announced that Group Captain Dr Richard Castle has accepted the charity’s invitation to join Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education as one of their patrons.

Richard will be primarily helping Deptherapy in respect of the mental health issues from which some of the charity’s programme members suffer. Richard brings considerable experience and expertise to the Deptherapy Board and Management Team.

Richard is an Independent Mental Health Consultant operating primarily within the civil emergency sector and with organisations assisting ex-Service personnel with the aftermath of exposure to trauma.

Prior to this second career Richard served for over 25 years in the Royal Air Force and was latterly responsible for evolving the RAF Operational Resilience and Stress Management policy. Other roles included developing the links between the UK Defence Academy and the Higher Education sector, Senior Personnel Staff Officer at Headquarters Air Command and command of Base Support Wing at RAF Lyneham. He left the RAF in 2012.

In 1999 Richard was seriously injured in the Paddington Rail Crash and, as part of his strategy for turning supposed negatives into positives, then successfully completed a PhD into the Psychological Aspects of Burns Trauma through Cranfield University. He was also seconded to the NHS in 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Psychologist in 2006, specialising in addiction, self-harm, burns and trauma rehabilitation. Currently he is working with the Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation in Bangladesh to evolve a mental health service in the country; he is also an Adviser on psycho-social rehabilitation for the Acid Survivors Foundation, again based in Dhaka.

Richard is a Director and Trustee of Changing Faces (a UK charity supporting people with disfigurements), a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Lead Governor of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and an accredited Instructor on the Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Forces Community programme. He is also a frequent contributor to academic and professional conferences and to the media on the theory and practicality of the psychological effects of trauma.

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!



This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

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