Royal Marine needs help to keep diving

archive – Diving News

Royal Marine needs help to keep diving

A Royal Marine is offering scuba lessons to the public – in return for help in funding surgery without which he will be forced to give up diving.

Marine Jamie Doxey, 28, of Chesterfield is a BSAC diving instructor who regularly taught military personnel to scuba-dive on top of his job as a Royal Marine. He joined the force at 18.

Eighteen months ago, while under assessment 12 miles offshore on an Expedition Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor (ESADS) course, one of the military’s toughest in-water courses, Doxey suffered a spinal and neural bend.

“His dive-computer showed no evidence of any abnormalities on the dive,” says friend Simon Metcalfe, a part-time serving Royal Engineer Officer and MD of Scuba Strapp.

“His dive-buddy was also completely fine, so everyone was puzzled as to why after so many years of diving he had almost died.

“I was with him on that day and the memory of the event will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Doxey received 13 hours of treatment after being evacuated to the DDRC recompression chamber in Plymouth, but it was three weeks before the Bristol Heart Institute was able to reveal why he had been susceptible to decompression illness. He had a PFO (patent foramen ovale), or hole in the heart.

Neither the military nor NHS would fund an operation to fix the PFO because Doxey was still able lead a normal life – apart from having to give up his passion, scuba-diving.

Devastated at that prospect, he set up an online appeal in the hope of raising the £20,000 required for a private operation. In return for donations (and assuming a successful outcome) he has undertaken to give scuba-diving or surfing lessons to donors.

“This week Jamie has had some fantastic news in that St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London has agreed to do his heart operation next Wednesday [28 March] for a hugely reduced price of only £10,000,” says Metcalfe.

“He still however needs to raise a lot of funding to reach this target by next week, but it is a life-changing opportunity he or his family can’t afford to miss.”

Pledges currently amount to around £2900. Jamie Doxey’s Go Fund Me page is here.

Divernet – The Biggest Online Resource for Scuba Divers



Get a weekly roundup of all Divernet news and articles 🤿

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Divernet Posts

Diver Magazine Relaunch

Diver magazine needs YOU!

Are you still lamenting the demise of Diver magazine? Well now you can help resurrect an icon as we seek to bring back the magazine

Turtles of Raja Ampat

Turtles of Raja Ampat

The Raja Ampat Creature Feature Series: Turtles Raja Ampat is the perfect diving location to find four of the seven ocean turtle species of the

manta ray and diver over reef in Komodo

Divers pitch into Komodo manta probe

Manta rays choose to stick around Indonesia’s Komodo National Park in unusually large numbers – and, according to a new diver-led study, this community could

female diver holding pair of Fourth Element Tech fins

Tech fins inspired by humpback whales

Whales provided the inspiration for optimising efficiency in Fourth Element’s latest fins, according to the Cornwall-based manufacturer. The “turbulence disruptors” on top of the blades

Last Breath portrait of Woody Harrelson

Woody dives into Last Breath remake

A new version of the British documentary-thriller that captured the imaginations of divers in 2019 is about to be previewed at the Cannes Film Festival.

Follow Divernet on Social Media