New DDMT Distribution Team Member Gordon MacGregor got off to a flying start by completing due diligence on the Defence Medical Services Diving Expedition in record time to ensure six wounded, injured and sick veterans took part in Ex RED SERPENT, a 10 day scuba diving expedition to the southern Red Sea from 29 Nov - 08 Dec being organised by the Defence Medical Services Dive Club. The flagship sponsor is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charitable Fund but each WIS needed to contribute £1,000. DDMT are proud to have funded the £6,000.
The whole team were kitted out in DDMT exped shirts and took underwater DDMT signs which they lost no time in trying out.
Each of the six has a personal story of injury and subsequent journey of rehabilitation. Between them they have overcome amputations, paralysis, loss of limb function, and PTSD, each a shattering proposition in isolation, but often combined to provide an even greater rehabilitation challenge. For some this was the first foray into open water diving, for others this sport has proven to be a vital link back to life pre injury and participation will aid them further along their road to recovery.
From a rehabilitation perspective, diving offers this and so much more. The tangible benefits of functional utilisation of injured limbs, exercising to promote physical fitness, and building the coordination to master new skills are apparent to most. However, for many injured military personnel, it is the personal benefits that make the lasting impact. Facing challenges to once again test their courage, socialising and interacting within a military environment, and being pushed to realise potential beyond their perceived limits may go unnoticed to the observer, but are just as vital to the recovery process
The 6 WIS Personnel were supported by serving DMS participants, and accompanied by the requisite instructional dive staff.