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Independent medical study confirms significant health benefits of the Deptherapy Scuba Diving Programme



An independent Service Evaluation Study by the University of Sheffield Medical School has recorded a significant improvement in the general wellbeing and mental health of military veterans who have completed the PADI Deptherapy programme.

Fifteen ex-Service personnel took part in the ground-breaking study by medical students from November to December 2016. Each of the 15 participants had experienced a variety of physical injuries as a result of combat and some had recorded an additional diagnosis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The study was originally conceived by Hannah Higgins, a fourth-year Sheffield medical student, who is also Miss Scuba UK 2017.

Participants were surveyed for the study using the established General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) and semi-structured personal interviews. Family members and health professionals who had observed the diving programme were also interviewed.

90% of those surveyed reported improvements in their general wellbeing and mental health, which were attributed, at least in part, to their participation in the Deptherapy programme. 60% of those surveyed reported an overall improvement in psychosocial wellbeing, most notably relating to anxiety levels, insomnia and depression. The study generated an 87% response rate.

The study concluded that the Deptherapy Scuba Diving programme can offer significant therapeutic benefits for ex-Service personnel experiencing anxiety and PTSD, notably in terms of alleviating social dysfunction and symptoms of depression. The study additionally found that scuba diving enables those with severe physical impairment to perform alongside, and in the same manner as, an able-bodied person thus bolstering self-confidence and self-esteem.

Until now, medical research into scuba diving as a prospective therapy for injury and disability has been very limited. This study, therefore, offers both considerable insight into the potential of scuba diving as a therapeutic aid, as well as independent validation of the actual benefits of the Deptherapy Scuba Diving programme for its members.

Dr Richard Castle, Vice President of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education commented on the study:

“This has been an important and innovative piece of research which has demonstrated that the Deptherapy programme offers significant therapeutic benefits for ex-Service personnel, particularly for those experiencing anxiety, depression and PTSD.”

As well as documenting the therapeutic benefits of the Deptherapy programme, the study also highlighted areas of potential enhancement, for instance in evolving a peer support scheme. The Deptherapy Buddy Peer Support Scheme, trialled last summer, has now been launched this January with the aim of providing an additional support mechanism for programme members.

Gary Green

PADI Ambassadiver, Deptherapy Board Member and Trustee Gary Green knows first hand the very real benefits of the Deptherapy programme. The former Rifleman was injured by two exploding IEDs whilst on tour in Afghanistan in 2009, resulting in him losing the sight in one eye and a lengthy battle with acute PTSD.

Gary joined Deptherapy in 2015 and is now training to become a PADI DiveMaster. He explained the positive effect the programme has had on his life:

“Deptherapy has been a support for my growth. When I first got in contact with the charity I believed I would be labelled as PTSD for the rest of my life. Underwater I found a peace of mind and a realisation that PTSD does not have to define me. Underwater I did not have PTSD and this feeling has stayed with me from the point my head went under the blue until this very day. Diving has healed me.”

For more information about the University of Sheffield study and the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit


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

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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.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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