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Finding peace… and discovering the healing power of Scuba



My name is Gary Green. I am an author, a team leader, an advanced open water and deep sea diver. I am also blind in one eye from an IED attack in Afghanistan. I suffer with PTSD. I have also overcome suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol addiction. (There’s a bold statement…)

As I sit at work with heavy eyelids, juggling the boost of caffeine and the tiredness that comes with shift patterns, I look forward to exactly one months’ time when I will be aboard a boat on the Red Sea. One thing I have learned is that the peaks and troughs of life must be ridden like a steady surfboarder, although most of the time I feel like the newbie who spends more time falling into the sea.

I have been blown up in Afghanistan. I suppose that is kind of my ‘golden ticket’ in a Wonka bar that has given me access to the beautiful underwater universe that I never knew existed. Since the summer of 2015 (oh how time has flown) I have been part of a charity called Deptherapy, which rehabilitates injured veterans through the medium of scuba diving. I have grown as a person and as a diver with the charity. My current level is trainee PADI Rescue Diver, Ambassador, Board Member and Trustee of Deptherapy. I am also an AmbassaDIVER for PADI in the UK (now take a breath, it’s a mouth full!)

In one months’ time I will be on a liveaboard in the Red Sea, exploring the waters in the north of Egypt. The purpose of this trip is to learn how to wreck dive, to penetrate and navigate through the forgotten ships that live under the water. This is all part of a bigger picture; to rehabilitate, to provide structure where once was chaos and to provide hope where there was once doubt.

For me, the scuba diving is a side effect of my therapy, a by-product of my rehabilitation. Of course, as a person outside of Deptherapy I have now built a tower of dependence, structure and routine. Deptherapy has added building blocks to that tower and now I have the privilege of being part of a family where I can help veterans place bricks into their own towers.

My next steps are to pass the knowledge reviews of my Rescue Diver course and I will then take the practical assessments in my Otter dry suit in the murky, cold British waters. This will enable me to then throw myself in the deep end (quite literally) as a trainee Dive Master for the ten days I spend in Egypt in the company of my wounded brothers.

I am looking forward to my break away from reality, my serenity from the normal… but most importantly my ‘gap year’ from PTSD. Underwater I have discovered a world where PTSD does not exist, a world where I find peace within myself coupled with an unparalleled beauty. Without diving and the generosity of Deptherapy I would have never found the ocean. Most importantly, I might have never found peace.

The thought of furthering my diving and taking steps to becoming a PADI Pro illuminates me. I will be writing about my experiences on this blog and taking videos / photos of my scuba diving journey. Stay tuned to find out how one veteran’s battle against his own mind concludes another chapter soon…

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Gary Green is an author, team leader and PADI AmbassaDIVER. After being medically discharged from the British Army following an IED attack which left him blind in one eye and with PTSD, Gary was introduced to scuba diving through the rehabilitation charity Deptherapy. Gary is living proof of the healing power of scuba.

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Quick Scuba Tips #12: Pimp Your GoPro for Amazing Underwater Video Colors (Watch Video)



We’re back with the quick tips series and my secret weapon for getting the best colort out of your GoPro underwater!

Introducing the Flip 8 from A color correction system that mounts straight onto the dive housing of your GoPro. Check them out below!

As always, thanks for watching!

D.S.D.O James

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What you need to know about SMBs!



Ok, so not the most exciting of topics… but an important one nonetheless. Especially as many of us will be starting to enjoy the UK dive season and heading out to explore our beautiful coastline. Some of you may even be heading into the UK waters for the first time due to the travel restrictions… welcome, you will wish that you had done it sooner! 

Surface marker buoys. SMB’s are an invaluable piece of equipment. To demonstrate your position in the water, to fend off boats, to show off your buoyancy to your dive buddy when you can inflate it without moving an inch in the water… or to un-intentionally make your buddy laugh when you forget to attach your reel and send it up like a lost rocket… A must have skill and piece of equipment for all divers. But, how do you choose which one is right for you, and how do you use it correctly? 

Choosing a colour, we all know to look cool as a diver, its all about co-ordinating, but not so much with SMB’s I’m afraid. The standard colour is orange and is what you will typically see being used, and yellow due to it’s higher ability to be seen at night time is just for an emergency…. Not because it is your favourite colour…sorry yellow lovers! If you are wanting to personalise it though you could put your name down the SMB, that way the surface cover knows who it is underneath. 

Next, inflation. Here we have the option of open bottom or direct inflation. An open bottom means that you will need to use your alternate to inflate the SMB, direct inflation you would use your inflator hose. Either of these are sufficient and is generally down to preference. If you are not sure which you prefer, or how to use them, there is a course that you can take to learn all of the skills and offer some helpful tips of how to inflate it and control your buoyancy too. I happen to know an instructor that teaches it… so just drop me a message and I can help…!

So, we have the SMB, next we need a line or spool. So many decisions with a basic piece of kit! Most SMB’s will come with a line, which is great as you can use the equipment straight away. The only down side is, with gloves it can become annoying, especially if you are changing depths quite often as typical on a shore dive here. You may wish to look at a spool instead… They also come in more colours, and this time you can choose which ever you want… even yellow, result! 

Having got to the point of choosing you SMB and line/spool, where are we now going to keep it? Clipping it onto your BCD, keeping it in your pocket. Anywhere is sufficient as long as its easily accessible… like not in your car once you have entered the water…. So be sure to add you SMB to your buddy check! Happy diving! 

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