Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Limbless Veterans Experience the Thrill of Scuba Diving

We just can't get enough of these inspirational scuba diving stories, like this one!

Petty Officer John Strutt is using his skills to help ex-forces men and women who had lost limbs to rediscover their confidence and to give them a chance to take up a new activity.

PO Strutt, who has served in the navy for 15 years, organised a diving weekend on November 1-2 at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, which saw nine members of the British Limbless Ex Servicemen Association (Blesma) take to the pool.

He said: 'It was very emotional for all of us in different ways.

'Watching the guys come down with such low confidence and then watching that disappear and the sense of achievement as they developed each skill was unbelievable. Some of them had a life-changing experience.'

The 35-year-old, from Emsworth, added: 'There were two people there who both said that they can't go and play football or rugby with their kids, but diving would allow them to bond.'

The weekend involved developing a good swimming stroke for diving, taking the scuba mask on and off under water, learning how to put scuba equipment on and swimming under water.

PO Strutt, a member of Southsea Sub Aqua Club, also got the club secretary Dawn Barnard to help out.

'I have been diving for 20 years and I never worked with people so determined,' she said.

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Happy Veterans Day to all you heroes out there! You know who you are.


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