5 December 2020

Help for Heroes - ScubaQuest approved as Scuba Diving Service Providers

ScubaQuest are proud to be approved service providers of Scuba Diving Training for Help for Heroes through PADI training.

This is a project that is very close to the team’s heart, especially ScubaQuest's Mark Culwick, who is an ex-serviceman.

We facilitated two programs in 2019 with candidates coming from far and wide to take advantage of the outstanding support and wonderful opportunities that Help for Heroes provide for our ex-service people.

Connor and Chris who are two of the candidates flew in from Northern Ireland, how cool is that! A further two of the candidates, Kyle and Becky enjoyed the Open Water Course so much they did their drysuit diver course at the same time.

A special mention for Kyle, an RAF veteran who then also returned of his own volition and did his Advanced Open Water course, it was a pleasure to see him again and watch his diving development.

Help for Heroes

Thanks go to Martin Aldridge ExRM (Physical Development Manager) and our direct liaison with Help for Heroes, Dave Handley ExRN (Physical Development Coach), for their trust in what we try to do at ScubaQuest. Dave is a very experienced diver, Commercial dive boat operator and instructor, so for him to choose ScubaQuest to facilitate the training meant an awful lot. Martin even took his PADI Rescue Diving Course with us and as an experienced water sports instructor we were honoured that he chose us, he even appeared to enjoy his experience.

We would personally like to say thank you to all the support who helped in this project, that means so much to us, especially PADI who sponsor the materials and certifications, it is truly appreciated.

Dave Handley (Help for Heroes)

After 15 years in the Dive Industry and then moving away taking a job with Help for Heroes in Sports Recovery, I was tasked with setting up a Dive Club and looking after the training of new divers in their recovery journeys. Sport plays a very important part in a Veteran's recovery who were injured during service, mentally or physically. We aim to give our beneficiaries a passage of recovery through challenging sport activities, its efficacy is demonstrated through papers written by Exeter University that any water sport aids mental health recovery.

“Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Grounded in cutting-edge studies in neurobiology, cognitive psychology, economics, and medicine, and made real by stories of innovative scientists, doctors, athletes, artists, environmentalists, business people and lovers of nature.”

Knowing a lot of people in the industry, Mark Culwick was a natural choice of experience and quality of Instructor, not to mention his link with the military, through his service. In the recovery journey of veterans, it is important that they are cared for both in and out of the water. I have seen a lot of cowboy outfits over the years, but Mark and the ScubaQuest team are anything but!

My thanks go to the whole team for delivering a couple of quality courses this year, we look forward to returning next year.

Dave Handley
Physical Development Coach Help for Heroes

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