Author Mhairi Docherty

My name is Mhairi Docherty and I was selected as a Miss Scuba United Kingdom 2016 finalist. I am part of an amazing programme which promotes "saving our oceans through beauty" where we raise awareness for marine conservation and also raise the profile of woman scuba divers in promoting safe diving practices internationally. Miss Scuba United Kingdom is a sponsor of Deptherapy - an English based charity involved in the rehabilitation of injured soldiers with mental and physical injuries, through the medium of scuba diving. I am raising awareness of this charity as I feel it does not get enough recognition for the amazing work that this charity does for people with life changing injuries. Watch on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/xjVwDA4euck

VIDEO – Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education

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As a Miss Scuba UK finalist I have learned how this charity can change and save lives. Help these programmes grow. “ To promote the rehabilitation of UK armed service personnel, who have suffered life changing mental or physical injuries, through the medium of scuba diving and as the charity develops to extend this to the UK blue light services and disabled people generally.” Through Deptherapy Education we provide training and advice to dive professionals and dive organisations as to how to adapt scuba diving skills so that those with disabilities might qualify as scuba divers. (deptherapy.co.uk) Donate to Deptherapy…

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I Prescribe a Scuba Dive …..

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The health benefits of scuba diving and the transferable skills gained from this sport make it one of the best alternative medicine therapies around. As part of my role as a Miss Scuba United Kingdom finalist, I recently took my first flipper steps into the underwater world at Deep Blue Scuba diving club, Edinburgh, Scotland where I successfully completed Discover Scuba. During the dive, I was amazed at how therapeutic this underwater sport is and how being underwater enhances teamwork and communication skills. The underwater environment is proven to provide food for the soul where the body and mind is…

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#Divers4SharksNRays – Dive into the deep and signal STOP to unregulated international trade

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Sharks in peril remains a global concern as millions of sharks are killed for finning with one out of 4 sharks at risk of extinction with overfishing. Project Aware calls on the scuba diving community to rally support for protection. Without our sharks and rays, our oceans would be empty and unbalanced and not as the oceans we know. Recent infographic statistics from Project Aware show Manta and Devil Rays are at highest risk of overfishing and whale sharks and winghead sharks at the brink of extinction. An alarming 73 million shark fins being used for shark fin soup in…

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There’s so much depth to Deptherapy

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……. And it’s all down to treading positivity, sports research implies Research in goal setting and orientation from leading sports and exercise psychologists believe that this is the key psychological factor in rehabilitation research at the surface of success to recovery in PTSD and TBI Scuba diving as an adaptive sport for war veterans and people with life-changing disabilities through traumatic injuries could well be the healing recreational therapy in reducing the symptoms caused by Post traumatic stress disorder and Traumatic brain injury. The sport has shown to elicit “exciting” and “fun” responses with the opportunity to “be challenged” and…

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