Deptherapy Founder Richard Cullen has joined Dive RAID International as the agency’s new director of adaptive training.
Deptherapy develops and delivers specially designed scuba diving programs for seriously injured veterans and serving personnel of the British Armed Forces. The program has helped men and women deal with post-trauma mental and physical challenges following all manner of injuries suffered while serving in the military.
In his new role as RAID’s Director of Adaptive Training, Cullen will take over product-development responsibilities for the RAID Adaptive Diver program. Working with RAID’s vice president of training, PJ Prinsloo, Cullen will be rewriting both student manuals, creating new instructor materials in line with RAID’s instructor playbook format. Cullen will also work on related support materials as well as new standards promoting what he called a neglected but highly rewarding aspect of diver training.
“I am honored and humbled to become RAID’s Director Adaptive Teaching. I hope to bring to RAID the knowledge and experience we have gained over the years in Deptherapy developing an innovative approach to adaptive teaching. My aim is to make RAID the go-to diver training agency for knowledge and advice regarding adaptive teaching.”
He went on to explain that adaptive teaching in most diver training agency has been stagnant for many years and the changes he plans will benefit the community with the development and innovation a major agency brings to the “poolside“:
“Our new approach at RAID, will make scuba diving accessible to those within our communities who have mental and physical challenges.”