Deptherapy Chairman & PADI Master Instructor Richard Cullen passes on his wisdom to triple amputee Craig Wood.

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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.

Here to Help

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The Deptherapy expedition was not easy, or a holiday, by any stretch of the imagination. Diving 3/4 times a day was physically tiring. I came home feeling like I had just finished the Ride across America again, that is by no means a moan more of an example of a challenging programme that pushes blokes physically and mentally. Which in my opinion blokes need and should crave, being taken out of their comfort zone.
Josh Boggi [Formerly Royal Engineers, triple amputee]

Our Aim

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.

A developmental programme (based on the PADI Continuing Education programme). We do not provide diving holidays or trips.

Deptherapy provides a developmental programme and does not provide diving holidays or diving trips. There is no right to a place on the programme and the allocation of programme membership is a competitive process and determined by the Deptherapy Board. The decision of the Deptherapy Board is final.

Priority is given to those joining the programme as new divers (PADI Open Water Divers) and if funds are sufficient we will also take previously qualified Open Water Divers or BSAC Ocean Divers onto the PADI Advanced and Deep Diver programme. In each case the Board will determine the allocation of places on the basis of perceived need and benefits to the individual applicant.

You cannot access Deptherapy programmes beyond the certification levels set out above.

As a programme member you will be expected to commit to the PADI Continuing Education programme.

The Board reserves the right to deny individual programme members access to continuing education programmes.

At present Deptherapy has no requirement for instructors or dive masters (see the ‘Deptherapy working with us’ document on this website)

Through our programmes we seek to create Ambition and Adventure both leading to Achievement and the development of programme members as both divers and individuals.

The charity does not have the resources to offer diving holidays or trips to those who are not part of the programme.

Our expeditions such as Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon in 2018 and Red Sea liveaboards are restricted to those who have been part of the developmental process set out above.

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]
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Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton

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.

Deptherapy shows true interest in the people they help. They have treated us not as a charity case, but as family. 
Lisa Martin [Spouse of Programme Member]