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Cayman’s crystal clear waters may often be thought of as therapeutic, but likely no more so than for war veterans seeking to rehabilitate from physical ailments and the nightmare of post- traumatic stress disorder.
That was the idea for a group of American war vets recently on Island.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter reports.

“No pain, so that was a suprise to me” Said Veteran, Trever Crewey

After experiencing the trauma of combat, it is reported by mental health doctors that veterans develop post traumatic stress disorder and can make fitting back in their regular life much harder.

“I find myself after about three days of being in the tropical weather thay my pain levels start to decrease, it’s almost a feeling of euphoria that passes through my body.” Said Veteran Tanya Bailey

Wounds from the battlefield can still impact the day to day lives of Veterans, but being in the peace and quiet of the sea changes everything.

“It really made things even, everything wasn’t unbalanced, everything felt normal underwater and it was a really normal state for me.”  Said Veteran Trevor Crewey

Symptoms for P.T.S.D can range from nightmares to being easily irritated and angered, but the salt water life sooths all wounds.

“You do see them calm down, not get so defensive or agitated over little things, they are more patient, they are happier.” Said Dive With Heroes Executive, Jill Hottel

“This has been  the best thing for me, throughout my recovery, the time I’ve been out of the military, it’s been awesome.” Said Veteran Trevor Crewey.

Armed forces go into combat with strength in numbers, but when the battles are over, these divers are best served going in intimate groups.

“And we find that the smaller group size is better for group dynamic and gives them a better opportunity to actually get to know each other and really build those relationships. So by the time the end of the week rolls around, they are in a very good state of mind, almost euphoric but it’s just happiness and a lot of salt water.” said Dive With Heroes Executive, Jill Hottel


Diving for heroes will be back in Cayman to visit the Centeral Caribbean Marine Institute in Little Cayman
They also want to do more dive excursions around the world and also build dive communities in veterans hometowns.

About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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