A team of UK Armed Forces veterans is preparing to give back to Deptherapy with a 24 hour dive to raise much-needed funds for the scuba diving charity…
The 24 hour dive, which will take place from midday on 16th March to midday on 17th of March 2019, is the brainchild of Deptherapy Programme Members Ben Lee and Tom Oates.
Former Royal Engineer Ben Lee lost both his legs whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Despite an extreme fear of water stemming from a near-fatal childhood accident, Ben was introduced to scuba diving through Deptherapy on a training programme in Egypt in 2016, and credits the experience with changing his life. He was awarded the prestigious Recognising Achievement Award by the Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund in 2018.
Tom Oates was in the Scots Guards when his vehicle was struck by an IED in Afghanistan. When he returned home, he was crossing the road with his girlfriend when she was hit and killed by a car. Tom suffers from complex PTSD,and needs a high level of support, but underwater his demons disappear. Through Deptherapy, Tom is achieving his dream of becoming not only a Scuba Diving Instructor but also a Marine Biologist.