Come with us to get your hands dirty and help preserve a historical site in Biscayne National Park. For a change, we are going to be on land! We will be helping in the maintenance of the Lancelot Jones House, a rarely visited site in Biscayne National Park. Please RSVP and carpool details will be provided.
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!
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.
Thanks to those of you who came out to support Adaptive SCUBA Programs at the Spotlight hockey game on November 11th! A great video was premiered, showing the benefits of our program for veterans. A great big thank you to Maggy Idrobo Lopez (facebook.com/maggyvisual and @maggychang_ph). Thank you to the Law Offices of Scott Sobel for sponsoring 'Kids of Love' to come enjoy the game and get some time on the ice!
Check it out here! https://youtu.be/7IL9F9Czvtg
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• Combat Hippies spoken word performance
• Speaker, E. Matthew “Whiz” Buckley,
with book giveaway and book signings
• Virtual reality demos and paracord 550 craft
• Record your story: Library of Congress
• “Ask a Curator: Desert Storm Memorabilia”
• The Welcome Home Group:
• Family fun: Storytime, book giveaway,
face painting and more
• Veterans organizations tables expo
• Marine Corps birthday cake celebration
We will have a table at the event, and need volunteers to man the table.
2 volunteers for setup and manning the table from 09:30am-02:00pm
2 volunteers for manning the table from 02:00pm-06:30pm and breakdown
Nicola Borelli and iTiles, LLC have partnered with Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics to raise money for the Kids SCUBA Camp for special needs and underprivileged children. Nicola will be running a marathon to raise money and awareness and iTiles will be matching the funds he raises! If you would like to contribute and have your impact doubled, visit this link: https://pledgeit.org/inspired-running
This camp is going to happen June 17-21, 2019. National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has pledged partial funding for the camp. Thank you, Nicola and iTiles for helping to make this happen.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Don't forget to get your BBQ tickets for this Sunday, August 12th! Show your support for our awesome volunteers! Volunteer Appreciation BBQ will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm in Oakland Park, FL.
Get tickets here: BBQ Meal Ticket
Enjoy the delectable food from Mission BBQ!
Unfortunately, the August 4th dive has been called for inclement weather. We will post the reschedule date soon.
Don't forget the Volunteer Appreciation BBQ is happening August 12th. Hope to see you there!
If you have not yet gotten tickets, you can find them here: http://aquanautsvolunteerbbq.eventbrite.com?s=87083369
Join us for a BBQ Party to show appreciation for our wonderful volunteers! Reserve a ticket today at : http://aquanautsvolunteerbbq.eventbrite.com?s=87083369
August 12, 2018 - Sunday, 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Royal Palm Park 1701 Northwest 38th Street, Oakland Park, FL 33309
Volunteers register for a FREE ticket at the ticket link.
Society Members register for a FREE ticket at the ticket link.
General Meal Ticket (Pre-Paid at the ticket link) is $20.00. ($30.00 on-site)
We look forward to seeing you out there!
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Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) Course
Dive accidents are rare, but they may require prompt, specific action. No single set of skills will meet all the various demands a dive accident may present. The Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) program combines skills from four first-aid courses offered by your instructor to streamline and put into context the care that may be necessary.
This course is FREE for volunteers that have logged a minimum of 32 volunteer hours with Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics within the last year. Otherwise, there is a purchase option at the ticket linket.
You will complete your academic portion online (invitation will be received upon purchase), and then your practical portion will begin on this date at the location below.
June 01, 2018 6:00pm
Pompano Dive Center
Sands Harbor Marina
101 N Riverside Drive #111
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Again, complete your academics prior to arrival for practical portion.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE: EVENTBRITE
IMPORTANT: To qualify for the sponsored ticket, you must be a volunteer with Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics AND have logged a minimum of 32 volunteer hours within the last year. If you are unsure of your volunteer hours logged, please contact us at email@example.com to verify.
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.
If you have not subscribed to our email updates, you can see our latest newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2Fp5uwV
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Congratulations to our newest volunteers that have just completed the Buddy Disability Training Certification Course. Your humor and dedication is inspiring, and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. A huge thank you to the scholarship sponsors from this session.
NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (NPCA)
sponsored two of our new volunteers.
AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY
sponsored one of our new volunteers.
sponsored use of the meeting room.
The support of these organizations are invaluable. Thank you for being involved in your community.
One of our sponsors from this training, AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY, is holding a Rescue Diver Class next month. It is a coveted skill set for our primary volunteers. If you have not yet obtained that certification and would like to, check out their course. You can purchase the course here: http://www.aquanauts.biz/RescueDiverRegistration
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...
Join the AQUANAUTS Society here: http://www.adaptivescubaprograms.org/AQUANAUTSSocietyMemberLevels
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.
Just a reminder. The Park Advocacy Workshop is happening tomorrow! It will be held at the Mission United Building and begins at 10:00am. We will have Krispy Kreme for breakfast and Mission BBQ is providing lunch!
We're going to have a great time and find out what threats are looming for our nations' parks. Come support our partnership with National Park Conservation Association (NPCA) and find out how you can help protect our parks for generations to come.
Those you who have already registered, thank you! We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you tomorrow. If you have not yet registered, there is still space available. Just click the ticket link in our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/162993831177538/
to reserve your seat.
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