Our first Discover SCUBA Experience of the year is coming up on January 12, 2019. FREE for Veterans and Individuals with disabilities. There's still time to sign up! Two steps for participants to register:
A big thank you to National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)! They have committed to sponsor 5 kids for the first Kids SCUBA Camp for special needs and underprivileged children. We have room for more sponsors to make this camp happen. Please spread the word and help us make this a great program for the kids.
If you know of a child between the ages of 10 and 17 that could benefit from this camp, please have their parents complete a sponsorship application at this link: http://www.adaptivescubaprograms.org/ScholarshipApplication
Big news! We are in final stages of approval for a new pool to conduct Discover SCUBA Experiences! What that means is that the regular FREE Discover SCUBA Sessions for veterans and individuals with disabilities will resume!
This event is sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Don't forget. If you have not already registered as a volunteer or participant with us, you will need to complete a registration form in addition to reserving the ticket for this particular event.
The Maritime Heritage Trail Survey Dive (sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association-NPCA) is coming up on May 28, 2018. If you are on the roster, you have received a confirmation email with departure time, location, etc. If not, you have either not informed us that you are coming and/or you have not completed a volunteer registration.
If you are interested in becoming a fully qualified dive volunteer...
Next Buddy Disability Training is coming up on June 15-17, 2018.
There are limited scholarships for this activity. Please complete your scholarship application on our website if you are interested in a scholarship for this training. Event Page on Facebook.
If a scholarship is not immediately available, please keep in mind that we do accept directed donations. If you can obtain your own sponsor for the training, we will apply that funding as the sponsor requests. For example, if your company supports volunteer activities and will sponsor you to receive the specialized training, they just need to let us know it is earmarked for your development as a volunteer. Your company can see details about making this donation here: Corporate sponsorship.
So, after many long days, we have submitted a grant application to the Veterans Administration. We will know by September if we are able to obtain funding. If so, it could mean a comprehensive SCUBA Recreational Therapy Program for veterans with disabilities. Since SCUBA is a great treatment for many impairments, like PTSD and Spinal Cord Injuries, etc. we are really looking forward to making these programs more available. Power of positive thinking! Help us make it happen.
In the meantime, we would love to hear your testimonials on SCUBA Diving as a therapeutic program. Share them on our facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AdaptiveScubaPrograms) or any of our other Social Media pages. Also, check us out on Guidestar and share your stories there. These stories go a long way in securing funding to keep the program going.
You should have received your April newsletter with the recaps and some upcoming events. April was a full month! We got a number of individuals with disabilities utilizing SCUBA diving as a therapeutic program. It is a great therapy as the activity provides for the increase in the production of serotonin delivered to the spine. This results in increased mobility, a lessening in pain, and elevating mood. It is really an all-in-one therapy.
We got some great new volunteers trained and ready to go, and solidified partnerships. We got some great momentum going! Check it out.
You can now become an AQUANAUTS Society Member! Join the ranks of the subscribed supporters of the Adaptive SCUBA Programs. Your monthly contributions will help integrate veterans and individuals with disabilities into the community. You can positively affect people in your community by supporting this program with a recurring monthly donation. With many different levels, the smallest starting at just 50 cents a day, you can make a change in someone's life! (Not to mention the cool swag...)
In this new age, don't forget, many employers have a matching program. Ask your employer about this and double your impact! With Social Responsibility becoming more and more crucial for businesses, it is more likely your employer may want to support what is important to their employees. Tell them about AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS. We need involved citizens to help us spread the word.
Keep in mind, we are in need of volunteers to take a more active role in the non-diving activities. If you are willing to participate in a committee, please contact Serena at Serena@AdaptiveScubaPrograms.org. Volunteers are the life-blood of this organization.
It was a great meeting. Very informative. If you missed it, don't miss the next one! Our partner National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is doing great things toward preserving and maintaining our nations' parks. It is always good to make your voice heard. We have to make sure that the parks are there maintained and preserved for generations to come.
You can always check out their website at www.npca.org to see how you can help.
Thank you to NPCA, MISSION UNITED, and MISSION BBQ for making today happen.
For those of you that were on our dive when the PBS crew was shooting... the video is available here: www.vimeo.com/252354335/6b2735d2d1
Please share the video, and let people know what is happening.
It was a great day at the 4th Annual Memorial Rehab Adaptive Sports Expo!!! Thank you so much for everyone who came out to make it a fun and safe event. And a big thank you to the folks that came out to try something new. An event organized by Memorial Regional Hospital. We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it. Please check out the photos from the event!
Special shout outs to:
MEMORIAL REHAB for including us in this wonderful event again. Nothing brightens our days more than being able to bring the joys and benefits of SCUBA to more people in our community.
AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY for providing the equipment and know-how, as always.
DJ INFANTRY for helping us to spread the word, and don't forget to check out his video of the event.
MOST OF ALL.... OUR VOLUNTEERS! You are the lifeblood of this organization. The commitment to your community and your commitment to training that helps these events happen is invaluable. We especially thank you for your time and energy.