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Check out the latest underwater getaways from our friends at UK-based Tour Operator Scuba Travel…

Emperor Serenity – Best of the Maldives – Save £480, from £1295 excluding flights

This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed en-suite cabins, all with air-con. There are 5 lower deck cabins, each with double beds and a single too, as well as 3 double only cabins. On the main deck, you find 3 cabins with double beds and a single, and the same again on the upper deck. Check out Emperor Serenity here.

The Best of the Maldives does just what it says on the tin – you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a single week of sublime liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls. This is a dive holiday in the Maldives to remember that hits all the seasonal hot spots of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll.

Find out more here… and also find out more about the early booker special – January 6th 2019 for only £1495!


Hurricane Shark Quest – From only £1150

The first few trips are back and everyone is delighted with the boat, crew and diving! Hurricane stands out in the Egyptian Red Sea – and not just because she is one of the few steel hulled vessels. Many Red Sea liveaboards are compared to Hurricane, but few are as enduringly popular. She has won the prestigious “Liveaboard of the Year” award no less than 5 times (including 2017 & 2016). Read Martin’s trip report here…

  • 23rd May – Shark Quest Itinerary – £1195 2 spaces left
  • 30th May – Shark Quest Photography – £1195 3 spaces left
  • 13th June – Shark Quest – £1150!
  • 1st November – Shark Quest – £1395

Your holiday includes flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, all fees, 12L tank & weights and FREE NITROX

Find out more here…


Introducing Siladen Resort and Spa, Indonesia – Save £300, from £2195 inc Heathrow Flights

Scuba Travel are delighted to have partnered up with Siladen Dive Resort & Spa in Manado, Indonesia.

Luxury dive resorts don’t need to cost the earth. The boutique Siladen resort sits on 300m of white sandy beach in the heart of Bunaken national park and prides itself on the 5 star experience at a price that you can afford. This is a hidden oasis of perfection that effortlessly combines dive escapism with serious eco friendly credentials. While away the hours underwater with over 50 dives sites in world famous Bunaken only a short boat ride away. And when the diving is done, soak up the breathtaking sunsets from your beach lounger facing the Manado Tua volcano.

Your holiday to Siladen includes flights from Heathrow to Manado with Singapore Airlines, airport transfers, 7 nights garden view villa (full board, 2 people sharing) and 17 air boat dives. Local taxes are prepaid.

Find out more here…


Explore Mexico – 7 nights Allegro Cozumel, from only £1795

Cozumel is a world class, drift diving destination, famous for its astonishing drop offs, vast sponge formations and schooling fish. Jacques Cousteau was right – this is one of the best spots in the world for divers. Drift the glorious Cozumel reefs with the expert team from Pro Dive. The standard package is based on an all inclusive basis with 2 people sharing a superior room with a Yucatan diver package with free nitrox – this is 4 local dives, 2 dives in the Cenotes and 2 at Cozumel.

Find out more here…

Explore Mexico – 14 nights Mexico, from only £2195

Combine Cozumel with Playa del Carmen in this amazing 14 night itinerary with the expert team from Pro Dive. This special package is based on an all inclusive basis with 2 people sharing a superior room with 10 local dives plus 2 days – four dives – in the Cenotes.

Find out more here…


Shorebased in Marsa Alam – From £555 including flights, 23rd May includes flights, half board and 6 dives

The Marina Lodge is only 10 mins from Marsa Alam Airport and with the team at Emperor Divers on hand on site, this is a diver’s hotel in a prime location at the heart of the Southern Red Sea.

Dive from the well located Port Ghalib with the indefatigable team at Emperor Divers, based at the Marina Lodge hotel right on the harbour’s edge. Your holiday package includes 7 nights on a half board basis. Our standard holiday package includes a 6 dive pack (2 boat dives a day for 3 days) with Emperor but we can adapt this to suit your exact needs so please do ask!

Find out more here…


Emperor Atoll – September 2018, only £995

Emperor Atoll is a traditional Maldives liveaboard. If you are looking for an affordable way to access the full range of dive sites in this world class destination, then look no further. She might be smaller than some of her sister ships, but her charm lies in her open, airy layout and warm welcome.

Emperor Atoll sleeps just 12 divers across 6 cabins. Every cabin has the same layout with a double bed below and bunk above. All are ensuite with individual air con and a fan. Her small size makes her more stable than some larger wooden boats and the group size means she never feels crowded.

Find out more here…


Oman Aggressor – Summer 2019, only £1845

A fantastic introductory offer to dive the hot new region in Oman. Diving highlights are undoubtedly the opportunity to see the resident population of humpback whales but the islands are a paradise of untouched dive sites, where whale sharks, dolphins, turtles, reef sharks and big balls of reef fish wait on pristine, unspoilt reefs.

The guest feedback so far has been fantastic. The guest love the boat, crew and food! Plus abundant marine life. Reports of snorkelling with baby whale sharks, spotting humpbacks, swimming with dolphins and diving with huge shoals of fish…

Find out more here…


Whirlwind – From £1095, Northern Red Sea

Whirlwind is one of Scuba Travel’s favourite Red Sea liveaboards – and clearly fellow divers share their affection for her.

This is 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices… just one of the reasons that UK divers keep coming back to this superior liveaboard.

She has a well deserved reputation for the quality of finish on board, her long standing crew are the definition of attentive and she has all the award winning hallmarks of Tornado Marine fleet, from the decor to the tasty food!

Discover today how effortless diving can be when your liveaboard has been designed by divers, for divers.

Find out more here…


To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer call 0800 0728221, email dive@scubatravel.com or visit www.scubatravel.com.

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New academic study to confirm rehabilitative benefits of Scuba Diving

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A new study into Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy’s approach to supporting Armed Forces veterans with psychological injuries such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the medium of scuba diving has been carried out by Petra Walker in conjunction with Hanna Kampman of the Posttraumatic Growth Research Unit at the University of East London.

This study, which used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), demonstrates that scuba diving has rehabilitation benefits beyond those found in other forms of sporting rehabilitation exercise.

IPA is a qualitative methodology that examines the experiences of participants and has been used in previous studies of Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) in para-athletes.

Petra is an experienced diver herself and was exploring the wellbeing aspects of scuba diving as part of her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology when she came across a previous study on Deptherapy. Past studies have mainly focused on the medical aspects of diving, so the opportunity to examine the mental health side of rehabilitative scuba diving was impossible to ignore.

The full study is currently embargoed until it is published at a future date in an academic journal, but it follows similar academic research into the work of Deptherapy by the University of Sheffield Medical School (2018) and the University of Nottingham (2019).

Richard Cullen, Chairman of Deptherapy commented: “This evidence-based study demonstrates yet again the value of scuba diving and, in particular, the support provided by Deptherapy to severely traumatised people within the Armed Forces community. We await the publication of the detailed findings which we anticipate will be of considerable interest to all organisations who seek to assist in the rehabilitation of veterans through sporting activity, as well as the Scuba Diving world.”

Team Deptherapy returned to the UK last week from their first training expedition since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. A small group of six veterans travelled with the Deptherapy Instructor Team to the charity’s international base at Roots Red Sea to undertake practical Scuba Diving training in the clear, warm waters of the Red Sea.

Joining Team Deptherapy for the first time was 20 year old paraplegic Corey Goodson who had this to say: “I have been made aware of a new academic study about the benefits of Deptherapy. Last week I learned to scuba dive properly with Deptherapy, a huge achievement for someone with paraplegia. Deptherapy doesn’t judge your injury, whether that be physical or psychological; it looks beyond, and it sees the person inside. That person is who they work with, and the Deptherapy programme encourages you to see your fellow beneficiaries in the same light. More important than the sense of achievement during the training, was the support, care, encouragement and love the team showed me. I have found a new family in Deptherapy. I am home now but the support, friendship and banter continue; it is motivating and empowering, it gives me a deep sense of wellness and worth. I look forward to continuing my rehabilitative journey with Deptherapy.”

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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Deptherapy returns to its Roots – Part 6

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Join Richard Cullen from Deptherapy for part 6 of his Blog about the charity’s recent expedition to Roots Red Sea, El Quseir, Egypt.

Thursday has dawned and it is down to the House Reef with an outgoing tide that is approaching slack so we can get in the water straight away.   Lots of chat about last night’s RAID O2 Provider session with Moudi.  Oatsie is talking about sidemounts and marine biology, Swars is looking forward to his first sidemount session this afternoon.

Moudi is supported by Oatsie this morning and doing some more skill work with Keiron.

Moudi running the guys through the RAID O2 Administrator Course

Corey was asking last night about what it is like at 30 metres, so I have decided that with Michael and Swars we will take him to 30 metres.  We are going to run a narcosis exercise so out comes the slate with the numbers 1 – 25 randomly placed in squares.  Corey’s task, in the dive centre, is as quickly as possible to touch each number in sequence.  He does it pretty quickly and Michael briefs him that he will need to do the same exercise at 30 metres.

Michael briefs the dive and we set off down the beach.  Corey has improved beyond measure and he is becoming a pleasure to dive with.  So we are off to follow the South reef to 30 metres where we will complete the second part of the exercise.

At 30 metres Michael hands Corey the slate; there is a considerable difference in the time to complete the exercise at the surface and at 30 metres.  There are lots of mitigating factors in how quickly you can identify the numbers and explaining a slower time at 30 metres than at the surface does not mean an individual is suffering from narcosis.  Identifying random numbers, if you run the exercise at the surface, several times with an individual over a number of hours can result in wide variations in the time taken to complete the exercise.

We finish the dive with Corey smiling from ear to ear and we have a discussion about depth and air consumption.  The second dive of the morning is a fun dive, then it is lunch in the beach restaurant.  After the burgers I am sure we will need to look at our weighting before the afternoon’s dive.

We will need to look at weighting after this lunch!

Corey and Keiron have got into the habit of recording their dives online using the RAID online log book which is a tremendous facility and as the instructor I can access that data.

Moudi and Keiron are going for a fun dive as are Corey, Oatsie, Michael and myself. Swars is getting kitted up for the first experience of sidemount with Guy Henderson.

Swars getting to grips with his sidemount cylinders

People often look at the relationships that exist between the dive team and our beneficiaries and try to extrapolate a similar relationship to disabled students they might have.  Our relationships are built up over a period of time, in some cases over many years.  We also provide 24/7 support and have chat groups etc on social media; we also meet up socially when we can.  It is somewhat different than a individual coming in to a dive centre and saying ‘I want to dive’. Your relationship is likely to be the same as any other student, you will teach them, they might stay with the dive centre or like many that will go on holiday to do some diving, you might never see them again.

Our main aim is to create a family atmosphere for our programme members, one where they feel secure and they are able to discuss freely with the team and fellow beneficiaries their feelings and needs.

Few dive centres are charities, and owners might want to consider costs of running a course for someone with a disability that might take more than the standard four pool sessions etc.  You may find the number of sessions and the staffing levels have to increase.  Many dive centres, because of their size and turnover are exempt from providing accessibility.  How will this affect someone who is a wheelchair user?  Can they gain access to the dive centre, the classroom, the toilet?  What are the changing facilities, can they get wheelchair access to the pool?

Lots of things to think about.

Roots’ beautiful reef

The reef is beautiful, so much aquatic life and the corals look splendid, especially the pinnacles.

A good day’s diving, Swars has really enjoyed his sidemount.

Lovely way to relax in the evening with the Roots BBQ, a fitting end to a great day.

Last day tomorrow and our final blog!


Find out more about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education at www.deptherapy.co.uk

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