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  1. Many thanks to a wonderful photographer and friend, James Koutoulas for supporting Adaptive SCUBA Programs with the sales of his amazing photographs. You can support by purchasing any of the wonderful photos at https://www.jameskoutoulas.com as an acrylic painting, photograph, greeting cards, and more. Check it out! This is just one of the amazing prints available for purchase...   


  2. Ucoming Discover SCUBA Experience on 08/14/21. Register at www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com. Follow our eventbrite page to be notified of all upcoming events.

    We had a great response on the July 4th Boat Excursion. It is currently booked up, however, if you want to attend you can still join the waitlist in case a seat opens up.

    These activities can only be offered due to public support. Please consider becoming a sustaining member of Adaptive SCUBA Programs by joining Aquanuats Society, and share our mission and programs with your family and friends. Your support is greatly appreciated.


  3. Become an AQUANAUTS Society Member!!!  Get exclusive Society Member Embroidered Patch with velcro backing at any level of membership. By becoming a member, you are committing to a recurring donation, monthly or annually, at the levels below. Join AQUANAUTS SOCIETY today.



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  4. Check it out!!! This is what we have going this month, free for veterans and individuals with disabilities. If you would like to participate, please follow this link to register: www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com. Follow our eventbrite page to automatically be notified of posted events.

    June 12, 2021 (Saturday morning) : Discover SCUBA Experience in the pool. No experience needed.
    June 26, 2021 (Saturday morning) : Boat Excursion. Must be SCUBA Certified to participate (Sponsored for disabled veterans, so non-veteran participants will be limited)
    July 04, 2021 (Sunday morning) : Boat Excursion. Must be SCUBA Certified to participate (Sponsored for disabled veterans, so non-veteran participants will be limited)

    Follow our eventbrite page for new event postings. Let's Dive Into Life!!!
  5. Join us to bring Family Day in the Park to South Florida! Food, music, and fun supporting Adaptive SCUBA Programs. Sponsorship Opportunities!

  6. Don't miss out! Our monthly FREE Discover SCUBA Experience for May 08, 2021 is about to close signups. Get your reservation in for Saturday, or follow our eventbrite page for upcoming events. www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com

    Our activities are free for veterans and individuals with disabilities. We want to see you there!


  7. Back by popular demand! Limited time offer of Dive Into Life shirts. Available until March 27th, and then order shipping will begin on April 5th.

    Get yours today and support programming for Adaptive SCUBA Programs!  www.bonfire.com/dive-into-life
  8. If you are anyone you know is a U.S. military veteran and has been diagnosed with a disability (psychological, emotional qualifies also, not just physical) and wants to become SCUBA certified, reach out to us. We have several full scholarships for available for veterans with disabilities thanks to the Veterans Adaptive Sports program. 

    Scholarship steps.
    1) Join us on a FREE Discover SCUBA activity in the pool. (Register here (www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com)). Next date is April 10, 2021.

    2) Apply for scholarship on our website. Scholarship Application is at this link: www.adaptivescubaprograms.org/ScholarshipApplication.

    3) If you are a veteran with a disability, you will be approved after successful completion of Discover SCUBA and scholarship application. It is on a first come/first served basis. When they are gone, they are gone. If we get a next round of scholarships, we will announce. If you do not get yours in on time, we will go back to previously submitted scholarship applications first if new funding is received. So, it will put you on the waiting list.

    Get SCUBA Certified and discover the therapeutic value of SCUBA Diving. 
  9. IMPORTANT NOTICE


    We have missed you all. We are getting back on track with activities thanks to greater public awareness and observation of COVID safety measures by the general public. It is absolutely necessary that anyone who participates observes the safety concern of wearing a mask above water when possible and observe 6 feet minimum distance from others when not able to wear a mask. By observing these measures, you protect yourself against exposure and you protect those around you. You will be asked to complete a COVID declaration prior to participating in any activities. If you have had any exposure, we ask that you self-quarantine for 40 days prior to attending an activity.

    UPCOMING DATES

    OCTOBER 03, 2020 7:30a.m. Boat Excursion for Disabled Veterans

    You must be already Open Water Certified in order to participate in this activity. Remember, register early as there is limited seating due to observation of COVID precautions.


    OCTOBER 10, 2020 8:00a.m. Discover SCUBA Experience in the pool

    No experience required for this activity. Free for veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    OCTOBER 24, 2020 8:00a.m. Discover SCUBA Experience in the pool for Amputees

    No experience required for this activity. Free for veterans and individuals with disabilities.


    You can register for any of these activities and any upcoming activities, as posted, on www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com

    Thanks to the new award for 2020-2021 for VA Adaptive Sports program, we have many new events and some Basic Open Water scholarships to award to disabled veterans. In order to qualify for Basic Open Water SCUBA Certification scholarship, you MUST have successfully completed a Discover SCUBA Experience with us in the pool and submit a scholarship application which can be found on our website. Please apply as soon as possible as the awards will be handed out on a first come, first served basis.



    Come diving with us and enjoy the tranquility of the underwater world!!! We look forward to seeing you out there.

  10. Thanks to those that came out and joined us in our reunion with the Ocean after COVID stay at home order! Great times and check out more great pictures on our Facebook page!



  11. A huge thank you to the Florida Panthers Foundation and their Community Champions Grant for making it possible to bring the healing power of water and SCUBA Diving to our community veterans. If you are a veteran and would like to take part, please jump in one of our upcoming Discover SCUBA Experience activities to be eligible for SCUBA Certification award as part of this grant in our Sponsor a Veteran program.

    Thanks to this grant, we can offer full SCUBA Certification scholarships to 20 U.S. Veterans. Prerequisites, you have to attend a FREE Discover SCUBA Experience with us prior to award and you need to complete a scholarship application. You can find upcoming activities at 
    www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com.



  12. Thanks to everyone that came out today. It was a great day in the pool! The camaraderie and the fun are just two of the many reasons you should come out and join us. These events are FREE for veterans and individuals with disabilities. Don't miss out on the next one (October 12, 2019). You can register at this link: Eventbrite event page.

    This activity was sponsored and conducted by AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY. Be sure to follow our page on eventbrite so that you're notified of new events we post! www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com
  13.   Graduation Day!!
    It's been a great with the kids in the SCUBA camp. Special thank you to sponsors National Parks Conservation Association, iTiles, and Aquanauts SCUBA Academy for making this happen. Diving into Possibilities is what we do! We thank you for making it a reality. Again, thank you to NPCA's Jackie Crucet for joining us to celebrate on graduation day. Some highlights below:



  14. We are just a week away from our first Special Needs Kids SCUBA Camp. Sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), iTiles, and Aquanauts SCUBA Academy; this camp will provide Lifetime SCUBA Certifications for the children that participate. There is still a seat open, but you have to act fast. Deadline, whether seats are filled or not, is June 06, 2019 at 5:00pm. All doctors paperwork and other forms MUST be completed by the deadline. 

    For those that are already approved for a seat, you should have an email in your inbox via evite.com with details on the preliminary meet & greet Thursday (June 6, 2019) at 6:00pm. Please RSVP. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

  15. Sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) our volunteers and participants were able to participate in a survey dive on the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park. This not only gets our veterans and individuals with disabilities a chance to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of SCUBA Diving, but it helps out the Park Service to survey conditions on the submerged archaeological sites. It was a great day for diving!

  16. Thanks to those who joined us for the FREE Discover SCUBA Experience! It was a wonderful day at our new pool venue. We look forward to seeing you all on the boat excursion next week!

    Next FREE Discover SCUBA Experience for Veterans and Individuals with disabilities is scheduled for July 14, 2019. You can register for this activity at www.AdaptiveScubaPrograms.Eventbrite.com

  17. Kids Camp is coming up. If you have a child (ages 10-17) with special needs, please submit your scholarship application soon. A seat cannot be awarded until all forms are completed and returned to us. Sponsored seats are limited.

    Sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), iTiles, and Aquanauts SCUBA Academy, this camp is a great experience. Don't let your child miss out on this opportunity!


  18. FREE for Disabled, Military Veterans, and Special Needs participants (Non-Divers) will have the opportunity to Discover SCUBA Experience (DSE) in the pool. Experience breathing underwater for the first time! Weightless underwater like an Astronaut in outerspace! Complete a Discover SCUBA Dive and feel the "Empowering Spirit of Freedom" dive. Dive assisted by Volunteers who are trained Buddy Divers (HSA) with Adaptive SCUBA Programs.

    No experience required for this lesson! This lesson MUST be completed confidently prior to ocean experience.

    Sponsored by: AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS and AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY.

    Veterans and Individuals with disabilities are welcome to bring their family and friends with them to participate for a discounted rate. If you would like to go experience SCUBA Diving and are NOT a veteran or individual with a disability, you can purchase this experience to be scheduled through AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY.

    Register for this activity at : www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com

    Volunteers: Do not register on eventbrite, rsvp on the AQUANAUTS AMBASSADORS app in band.



  19. Memorial Rehabilitation Institute and AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS collaborated to bring to our community the 5th Annual Adaptive Sports & Recreation Expo at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida. The event featured a wide variety of sports and exercises beneficial to the physical and mental health of those who have suffered strokes, lost the use of limbs, or are coping with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Activities and entertainment was provided for a fun filled day for the entire family.

    SPONSORS:
    Memorial Health Systems www.MHS.net/RehabExpo
    Memorial Rehab Institute "Go-Beyond"!
    www.facebook.com/Memorial Rehab Institute Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program



  20. A ripple begins when something strikes the surface of the water. Your donation makes a ripple in the surface of someone's life. You may never know the depth of the difference you made, but you will know that you made a difference.

    Please join us to show how that ripple can spread to positively affect the lives of veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

    THE RIPPLE CHALLENGE IS THIS:
    1) Donate $5.00. (If you can do more, it is greatly appreciated.)
    2) This is just as important. Tag or invite at least 5 of your social network (whether Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc) to do the same. That will start a ripple and let's see how far it will go.
    3)Comment. Your thoughts on this challenge/mission/anything with your city and state listed.

    This challenge is raising money for Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $1 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. If you, like us, are inspired by the healing power of water, check out our website (www.AdaptiveScubaPrograms.org) to see the benefits of becoming a sustaining member of the Aquanauts Society.


    Donate and share at this link! http://www.adaptivescubaprograms/donations  OR  https://www.facebook.com/donate/729579787443387/

  21. Lots happening this month!!

    March 09, 2019  8am:  Free Discover SCUBA Experience for veterans and individuals with disabilities. (You can also bring your family and friends at a discounted activity rate.) Sponsored by Aquanauts SCUBA Academy.  Participants register on Eventbrite (link below). Volunteers register on volunteer band app.

    March 23, 2019  7am:  Biscayne Maritime Heritage Trail Survey Dive. Sponsored by National Park Conservation Association (NPCA). Free for Veterans and Disabled. Participants MUST be SCUBA Certified. Register on eventbrite (link below). If you are already a registered volunteer, please rsvp on volunteer band app.

    March 30, 2019  10am: Adaptive Sports Expo for individuals with disabilities at Markham Park. Come on out! We'll be at the pool. Volunteers, register on volunteer band app. Sponsored by Memorial Regional Hospital

    And, don't forget our Ripple Effect Challenge. This is happening all month long! Please donate $1 and share with a minimum of 5 friends challenging them to do the same. See how far we can go in March! If you are not on Facebook, you can donate directly at http://www.adaptivescubaprograms.org/donations 
    Want to be more actively involved? Go one step further and make it a recurring donation of $15 or more to become an Aquauants Society Member. (Benefits are based on the donation level.)

    Come join us this month!

    Eventbrite Link : www.adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com


  22. A ripple begins when something strikes the surface of the water. Your donation makes a ripple in the surface of someone's life. You may never know the depth of the difference you made, but you will know that you made a difference.

    Please join us to show how that ripple can spread to positively affect the lives of veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

    THE RIPPLE CHALLENGE IS THIS:
    1) Donate $1.00. (If you can do more, it is greatly appreciated.)
    2) This is just as important. Tag or invite at least 5 of your social network (whether Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc) to do the same. That will start a ripple and let's see how far it will go.
    3)Comment. Your thoughts on this challenge/mission/anything with your city and state listed.

    This challenge is raising money for Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $1 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. If you, like us, are inspired by the healing power of water, check out our website (www.AdaptiveScubaPrograms.org) to see the benefits of becoming a sustaining member of the Aquanauts Society.


    Donate and share at this link! https://www.facebook.com/donate/729579787443387/



  23. FREE Discover SCUBA Experience for Veterans and Individuals with disabilities coming up in March. It is posted for Veterans Park Pool in Tamarac, but due to delays by their approval department, it may be moved to Houston/Sworn Aquatic Center (event pages and anyone has registered will be notified prior if that happens).

    While it is FREE for Veterans and Individuals with disabilities, if you are a participant and would like your family or friends to join you in the activity, they  can do so at a discounted rate of $45 (normally $100) per person.

    All of these activities will be posted as they are scheduled on our Eventbrite page.

    March Event Ticket Linkhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-scuba-experience-for-veterans-and-individuals-with-disabilities-tickets-52995469877
    Adaptive SCUBA Programs General Eventbrite Linkhttps://adaptivescubaprograms.eventbrite.com 




  24. 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!
  25.                                               
    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. 
  26. 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




  27. 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.


  28. 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!
  29. 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!


  30. 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. 
  31. 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!
  32. 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.  
  33. 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

  34. 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. 
  35. 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.
  36. 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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