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Injured UK troops to help Egyptian children with additional needs experience scuba diving

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Deptherapy

On 10th December, four seriously injured British Armed Services personnel on the Deptherapy programme will help a group of twelve Egyptian children with additional needs from the town of El Quseir to experience scuba diving as part of HEPCA’s ‘Diving for All’, which seeks to make diving accessible to all people.

The event, supported by the four injured troops and Deptherapy staff, will allow the children to enjoy scuba diving in a confined water environment, similar to the PADI Bubblemaker programme.

The programme is being hosted by Steve and Clare Rattle at Roots Red Sea. Roots is the base for injured troops on the Deptherapy programme undertaking their PADI Open Water Course.

Working with HEPCA, the event is the brain child of Sharon El Shoura. Sharon, who is based in Hurghada and runs Splash Dive Centre, became involved with Deptherapy when she attended the Deptherapy Education Professionals’ Course which was run at Roots Red Sea in March this year.

Sharon, who has considerable experience of working with the injured and disabled, is keen to get people of all abilities diving and this event is part of her commitment to that aim.

The four British Armed Services personnel are Luke Morrison (single below the knee amputee), Gary Green (blinded in the right eye and PTSD), Mike Jones (back injury and PTSD), and Danny Martin (PTSD and cancer). All four plus their instructors and support team are looking forward to working and diving with the children.

Danny Martin, 23, said: “I am so looking forward to helping these Egyptian children. I know how important support and motivation is when you have suffered injury or illness. Going to war and suffering from PTSD was nothing compared to the battle I have waged against my cancer. Without the loving support of my wife Lisa, my children, family and friends I would not be where I am today.  Deptherapy has come along and provided me with support – 24/7 if needed – and has given me a focus to my life. I want to repay this by inspiring these kids in the same way that Deptherapy has inspired me.  Having children of my own I hope I can relate to those we will be working with.”

To find out more about Deptherapy, visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

To find out more about Roots Red Sea, visit www.rootsredsea.com.

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Mares & SSI launch new promotion

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SSI expands financial support to SSI Members worldwide. 

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year for the entire world, especially the diving and travel industry!  To weather the crisis, SSI immediately jumped into action to help Training Centers and Professionals around the world.  

In response to COVID-19, SSI launched the No Water, No Problem Campaign, put Final Exams online, and held hundreds of Webinars to train Professionals on how to use distance learning to teach the dry Specialties online. The FREE SCIENCE OF DIVING promotion resulted in SSI Training Centers worldwide register over 50,000 FREE DIGITAL KITS, funding more than $3.5 MILLION IN RETAIL VALUE. Additionally, SSI introduced an aggressive DOUBLE PRO REWARDS incentive to help SSI Professionals compensate 2020 Renewal Fees and reduce those for 2021. Currently, the WE WANT YOU Crossover promotion aims to fill the industry need for instructors and strengthen the entire SSI Professional community.

Now, in conjunction with Mares, SSI is launching the GO DIVING – PROTECT YOURSELF. OWN EQUIPMENT Promotion, which includes a FREE SSI EQUIPMENT TECHNIQUES DIGITAL KIT. This new campaign strives to motivate divers worldwide to go diving and buy equipment. Look for more information on this next retail support campaign within the next few days.

“These are just a few examples of how we have supported and are continuing to support our Training Centers, Professionals, and divers worldwide. To provide even more economic security and help in business recovery, WE WILL NOT INCREASE PRICES FOR 2021. While travel was restricted and some key resort areas completely locked down, SSI mainly focused on supporting domestic markets with retail-driven incentives. Now, in this next re-opening phase, we need to shift gear and assist resort markets that have no local diving community and are 100% dependent on the traveling diver. Therefore, SSI will grant certain special conditions and delayed payment options to specific resort markets which have been locked down for longer than six months or suffered from closed borders,” stated Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO.

Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO, explains further, “To financially support these needed investments which directly benefit SSI Members and to protect the health of our valuable members and staff, we will forego all 2021 Trade Shows over the next 12 months. Despite international uncertainty, every time we experience one of these events, the entire SSI Network emerges stronger and more resilient. Be assured, SSI is your trustful partner within the Diving Industry!”

For more information about SSI visit their website by clicking here.

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Photo Gallery: Shark Diving in The Bahamas

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they look at Shark Diving in The Bahamas.


The Bahamas offers some of the very finest shark diving experiences in the world. The islands have protected sharks in their waters creating one of the first Shark Sanctuaries in the world. Several species of shark can be seen and photographed, with each island offering a different type of shark diving, making this destination the perfect place for a multi-island, multi-shark trip of a lifetime.

Great Hammerhead Shark diving in Bimini

Bull Sharks in Bimini

Tiger Shark off Grand Bahama

Oceanic Whitetip Shark off Cat Island

Nurse Shark off Abaco

Caribbean Reef Sharks off New Providence

Lemon Sharks off Grand Bahama

For more images from The Bahamas and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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