A British charity that uses scuba diving to rehabilitate injured military personnel recently received royal funding to buy drysuits and offer PADI Open Water Diver courses.

The money from the Endeavour Fund, which is part of the Royal Foundations of Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton and his brother Prince Harry, will pay for drysuits as well as PADI Open Water Diver courses for up to 16 veterans beginning in 2018 taught by the charity Deptherapy.

Deptherapy‘s efforts have begun attracting the attention of academics, and the organization is working with agencies at home and abroad to further research the effects of scuba diving on military veterans, particularly those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

One of Deptherapy‘s proposed expeditions involves a trip to Truk Harbor in 2018 to study the health of corals in the region, according to Deptherapy Chairman Dr. Richard Cullen, who told DiverNet:

“The diving challenge is massive, but the development opportunities for programme-members will be amazing and for some life-changing.”

For more info, check out the Deptherapy website at deptherapy.co.uk.