Help for Heroes Plymouth Recovery Centre offers scuba diving course for injured veterans
The Help for Heroes Plymouth Recovery Centre in the South West of the UK is running a new scuba diving course for injured and wounded forces veterans. Run by Plymouth Diving Centre, the diving course will help the military veterans reach their potential as part of a national Sports Recovery programme.
Plymouth Diving Centre in the South West in the UK is running a new diving course for wounded, inured and sick forces veterans.
The scuba diving course has been organised and funded by the Help for Heroes Plymouth Recovery Centre and aims to help injured soldiers build confidence and reach their potential.
One diver, Kelly, has been learning to live with her condition and the repercussions of her brain injury for the past 10 years, which include visual impairment and problems with her memory.
"A few years ago I never thought I'd be able to do the activities that I've had the chance to do with Help for Heroes; especially scuba diving,” Kelly explained. "Since my brain injury I didn't think I could retain, process, and remember the things I've learnt, let alone actually dive when I'm visually impaired.
"The Plymouth Diving Centre instructors really enforce you with trust in themselves, the equipment and a self-belief in yourself.
"It reinforces that anything is possible."
This is the first time Help for Heroes has run a scuba diving course solely for war veterans as part of its national Sports Recovery programme.
“I can't say enough about it," commented Peter Black, a 75-year-old participant and the oldest on the course. "I'd love to see even more people on the course next time and I'm going to carry on training to move forward."
Scuba diving can help transform the lives of injured and disabled people and it is becoming an increasing popular sport thanks to the support of global charities and generous donations from the public.
After receiving training from professional instructors, disabled divers can go on to enjoy scuba diving holidays across the world.
Once qualified, the Plymouth participants can choose to head to exotic scuba diving destinations across the world such as the Caribbean, the Red Sea resorts in Egypt of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, the Maldives and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, or the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in the U.S. Alternatively, they can head to the nearby waters of Vobster Quay in Somerset, the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, and Lundy in Devon.
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