How Injured Ex-Military Personnel Can Benefit From Scuba Diving

The level of luxury that you will experience in Liveaboard in Thailand is unquestionably high. The cabins are air conditioned and comfortable which will allow you to relax in between dives. For families or a group of friends, there are 4 shared cabins or twin bed non en-suite cabins. At the dining hall, there are meals served in buffet style including snacks and fruits in between dives.

According to a study made by students from the University of Sheffield’s Medical School which was published in the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation, scuba diving offers therapeutic benefits to military veterans who are experiencing physical and psychological injuries due to combat.

The research team that was led by Alice Morgan explored the effectiveness’ of scuba diving in providing rehabilitative and therapeutic benefits to ex-Service personnel who are currently suffering from physical and psychological injuries resulting from combat. A total of 15 male veterans were invited to take part in the study.

After being involved in scuba diving activities, the ex-Service military personnel reported improvements in their levels of anxiety, depression and social functions. Their insomnia was also reduced and positive perceptions improved. The injuries of the participants were more of psychological than physical.

The study revealed that scuba diving provides significant therapeutic benefits to the military amputees who were suffering from co-morbid anxiety and/or chronic psychological disorders like PTSD particularly in terms of social dysfunction and depression.

Medical research on the benefits gained from scuba diving for injuries and disabilities has been quite limited. The study that was recently undertaken is very crucial in demonstrating the positive impact of scuba diving on ex-Service military personnel who have experienced life-changing mental and physical injuries. Double amputee Ben Lee, former Royal Engineer and Deptherapy Ambassador is currently under training to become a dive master. His life was changed by scuba diving through Deptherapy Program.

Meanwhile, enjoying Liveaboard in Thailand is not based on the level of your scuba diving skills. There are experienced dive guides and instructors who will assist with your dive difficulties. For every dive group, there is a certified dive guide on board to help with problems in buoyancy and high air consumption.