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  1. 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:

    1) If you have not completed one previously (or if your information has changed), please complete Participant Registration Form.
    2) Reserve a seat in the desired activity on our Eventbrite Page.

    We look forward to seeing you there!
  2.                                               
    Thank you to those that came out to show their appreciation for iTiles and Nicola Borelli's support of Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics. Nicola presented us with the funds raised to help support the upcoming Special Needs Kids SCUBA Camp happening in June 2019. Nicola put time, training, and effort into running a marathon and donations were collected via his PledgeIt page to support this event.  Thank you Nicola for making it happen and iTiles for the matching donations. Check out this great company here: www.itilesllc.com

    Sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), it will be our first Kids SCUBA Camp for Children with Special Needs. There are sponsored spaces still available, so if you know a child with special needs between the ages of 10 and 17 that would benefit from this camp, please apply here: Kids SCUBA Camp Scholarship. The children that participate will not only have a week long fun activity, they will leave with a lifetime Open Water SCUBA Diver Certification as well as an understanding of Marine Conservation. 
  3. Still time to sign up for Buddy Disability Training Course beginning on October 19 (Friday). Test your SCUBA skills and get qualified to dive with individuals with disabilities.

    10/19/18, Friday, Classroom Location: 
    Nova Southeastern University
    Carl DeSantis Building
    Davie Campus



    10/21/18, Sunday, Pool Location:
    Markham Park Pool
    Sunrise, FL



    HSA Buddy Disability Training Course: $750  Purchase Course Here: http://www.adaptivescubaprograms.org/BDT

    HSA Instructor Training Course: $1200  Purchase Course Here: http://www.adaptivescubaprograms.org/product/SD-99992782




  4. Unfortunately, we did not receive the VA Grant for Adaptive Sports this year. That means we're in desperate need of sponsors for our veterans to make use of SCUBA Diving as a recreational therapy. We will try again next year, but our military veterans need you. This year-long program is only $3,000 per veteran. If you can, or you know of someone who can, sponsor a veteran; please help. Being disconnected from service is a mental hardship affecting many veterans. This helps reintegrate them into civilian society and removes many of the environmental pressures. The Discover SCUBA activities are great, but they are a one day activity. What the Sponsor-a-Veteran program does is get them involved all year with a therapeutic activity that does not involve hospitals are treatment centers. What is more is that it sets them up to continue the activity after their year program is done.

    SCUBA Diving not only is great therapy for physical ailments and injuries, it is an ideal therapy for emotional and mental concerns like Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Please help our veterans cope with the reintegration into civilian life with the help of healing ocean waters and nature. Please help by sponsoring, or sharing with your network of family and friends the need for this support.  Do you know a veteran that you would like to sponsor specifically? We do allow directed donations, so you can earmark your donation to go to a specific veteran. The only limitation is that this program is conducted in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area. We will be expanding to other areas down the road, but right now, it is location specific.

    Donate Here.   OR   Sponsor the Program Here.


  5. A shout out to Jordan Fund. Thank you so much for your support. Thanks to the Jordan Fund, Jesus R. (age 10) will achieve his SCUBA Diver Certification! That means that Jesus can use SCUBA Diving to help with his physical therapy program in coping with spina bifida and just generally enjoy the underwater world! 

    Volunteers: When Jesus is ready to move into the pool and then the ocean, we will put a call out for volunteers. Thank you for being there!
  6. 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

    Thank you NPCA, you rock!


  7. 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!

    Stay tuned for upcoming dates. 
  8. 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. 

    Space on the boat is filling up fast. If you would like to participate, please make sure you complete the necessary steps. 
    1) Advise us of your intent to participate. (You can email info@adaptivescubaprograms.org)
    2) Complete a volunteer registration. (Registration form is at this link: http://www.adaptivescubaprograms.org/VolunteerRegistration)

    Don't get left behind!
  9. 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.  
  10. 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.

    If you have not subscribed to our email updates, you can see our latest newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2Fp5uwV

  11. We would really like to thank Mission United for partnering with us to submit a funding request to the Veterans Administration. With luck, this will provide several scholarships for Dive Therapy Programs for disabled veterans. 

    You can help us obtain this funding!  We are in need of letters recounting veterans personal experiences and how SCUBA Diving has helped them cope, lessened pain, etc. How has it affected you? If you are a spouse of a veteran and SCUBA Diving has helped your husband or wife, please share this too. We need your personal stories to help explain why this is such a great therapy program.

    If you have a story to share, please email Serena Barghahn at serena@adaptivescubaprograms.org.  We thank you for your time in helping us expand this program. Remember, Mission United has many resources to help veterans. If you are struggling with anything, contact them. There is likely help available for you. 
  12. 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 NPCAMISSION 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.
  13. 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.
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