Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Deptherapy Founder Richard Cullen Joins RAID


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.

Cullen said:

“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.”

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.