How We Can Help
You (Deptherapy) hold soldiers hands from when they come onto the programme when they are in that dark place and you don't let go until we see the light and get back on our right paths, and we both feel ready to let go.Danny Martin [Deptherapy Ambassador]
Our aim is for programme members to initially qualify as PADI Open Water divers. Once qualified we look to develop programme members through the PADI Continuing Education programme so that programme members develop their diving skills and experience. We encourage all programme members to work towards becoming a PADI Professional as eith an instructor or a dive master. Our experienced instructors will work with you to develop a mission in life and scuba diving. We continue to work with programme members until they feel that our help is no longer required.
Achieving Our Aim
Our aim initially is to qualify programme members as PADI Open Water Divers, to many with limb amputations this may sound unrealistic. All our team are qualified PADI instructors/dive masters who we have trained to teach those who have suffered life changing mental and or physical challenges or suffer from other disabilities.
We strictly apply PADI standards and therefore you need to be able to swim, unaided, 200 metres non stop and to complete a 10 minute float. You will be required to complete academics before you come on the programme working through the PADI Open Water Manual and completing the five knowledge reviews. When we arrive in Roots you will need to complete four quizzes and a 50 question exam all of which have an 80% pass mark.
Prior to selection you will be required to disclose details of your medical conditions and you will have to pass a 'fit to dive' medical with a HSE Approved Medical Examiner of Divers.
You then progress to a series of confined water divers where you have to complete a series of skills to PADI standards. If you successfully complete this section you will move on to four dives in the ocean where you repeat a number of the skills.
Our team will work with you so you can achieve the required standards and you have great buoyancy and trim in the water.
If you, a relative or friend think you or they would benefit from our programme then please Contact Us us. We work with programme members to introduce them to the aquatic realm, firstly in the pool and then in open water under the supervision of specially qualified instructional teams. Our aim is for programme members to qualify as PADI Open Water Divers.
As one programme member stated:
I am now a PADI diver. I've found a sport where my injuries don’t mean I wear a 'disabled tag', I can dive with a buddy anywhere in the world. Do you understand how awesome that is?Chris Middleton [Deptherapy Ambassador]
Our work starts long before an individual comes on the programme and continues after they gain PADI certification. We support individuals psychologically and practically for instance we recently re-wrote a programme member’s cv to which he commented “Amazing I would give myself a job, I didn’t recognise myself, thank you so much.” Close relationships develop between the team and programme members and many of our programme members go on to be Ambassadors for the charity.