I’m a BSAC fully qualified dive instructor but, 18 months ago, on arguably one of the British Military's most difficult in-water courses (Expedition Sub Aqua Diving Supervisors course), I suffered a severe Decompression Injury, (a spinal and neural bend) whilst 12 miles offshore.
After being evacuated to shore, involving both the Falmouth Coastguard and Plymouth Lifeboat services, I was transferred by ambulance, whilst slipping in and out of consciousness, to the DDRC Recompression Chamber. After a total of over 13 hours in two stints in the chamber I was discharged to await further testing.
My dive computer showed no evidence of any abnormalities on the dive, and my dive buddy was also completely fine, so I was puzzled as to why after so many years diving I had almost died.
3 weeks later at the Bristol Heart Institute I received the answer to my worries, when further testing revealed I have a PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale) which is a hole in my heart.
I was completely gobsmacked: I believed I was in peak physical condition, this news entirely knocked the wind out of my sails. I couldn’t comprehend after everything I’ve put my body through in my life, I could be suffering from this condition, but here I was faced with that reality.
It was a long process, applying for funding. Whilst I couldn’t pursue my greatest passion, I had to find another focus in the meantime. I wanted this to involve the sea, and a little over a year later I’m now a fully qualified surf instructor and beach lifeguard.
As I previously mentioned I’m also fully qualified dive instructor so your donations will not go without reward.
Any donation, however big or small is, greatly appreciated. For the sums donated below, I’ll reward the following in return if you wish...
£25- an attendance to a Royal Marines Style Bootcamp.
£35- an attendance to a group surf lesson (SW England).
£75- a one on one surf lesson with myself (SW England).
£100- A Scuba Try Dive with myself post successful heart surgery (UK Only).
£250 donation gets you and 2 others a Scuba Try Dive!
£1000 donation gets you all the training required to become an Open Water Scuba Diver!
£2500 Gets you and 2 friends training to become Open Water Scuba Divers!
£5K donation gets you one to one Scuba Instruction up to and including BSAC Sports Diver at a location of your choice in the U.K (conditions apply).
I now turn to you, the good people of the world, to help fund the operation on my heart. Please help fix a Royal Marine’s broken heart and kick-start his diving career again!
Any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask @ [email redacted].
Thanks in advance,
Marine Jamie Doxey.
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