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  1. 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.

  2. Thank you to our volunteers and participants that dove on the Maritime Heritage Trail on March 23rd. Was a great dive! Beautiful conditions and our volunteers were able to clean up an entanglement hazard from one of the dive sites. Some great pictures from the event. A few are here, but you can find more on our facebook page.

        

    If you haven't come out to support our National Parks, watch for the next event! Upcoming events will be posted on www.AdaptiveScubaPrograms.eventbrite.com.

    Registered Volunteers: You will RSVP on the Band App.


  3. 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


  4. 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 




  5. 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!
  6.                                               
    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. 
  7. 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


  8. For those registered on the Maritime Heritage Trail Dive this Saturday (tomorrow), just a quick update.

    The dive is still scheduled to happen, although the water will NOT be flat. Expecting 2 to 3 foot seas. If you are not comfortable diving in or riding on a boat in those conditions, that is your call. Just let us know if you will not be attending.

    Red Algae Update: Again, the boat dive will happen. The last update (you can see this here: http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/) shows that the area we are diving is not yet affected by the Red Algae, picture here.




  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. Next survey dive for Biscayne National Park's Maritime Heritage Trail is scheduled for Saturday, October 06, 2018 (Labor Day). Don't miss it! Free for Veterans, Individuals with disabilities, and our Volunteers. Reserve your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maritime-heritage-trail-survey-dive-tickets-49920097355

    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.  

    Participant (Veteran or Individual with disability) Registration
    Volunteer Registration

    Help us support our nations' parks! 


  12. 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!
  13. 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!


  14. 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. 


  15. Next survey dive for Biscayne National Park's Maritime Heritage Trail is scheduled for Monday, September 03, 2018 (Labor Day). Don't miss it! Free for Veterans, Individuals with disabilities, and our Volunteers. Reserve your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maritime-heritage-trail-survey-dive-tickets-48887762614

    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.  

    Participant (Veteran or Individual with disability) Registration
    Volunteer Registration

    Help us support our nations' parks! 
  16. Thank you to everyone who came out to do the Maritime Heritage Trail Dive. It was a great day! Thank you to National Parks Conservation Association for giving us the opportunity to help support our nations' parks. Quick reminder to our divers, please email your surveys as soon as possible.

    A thank you to Michelle for sharing some of her pictures from the event. Check them out!



    We look forward to seeing more! Share your experience here!


  17. Next dive for Maritime Heritage Trail is Scheduled!Sponsored by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Don't miss out. Reserve your seat today on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maritime-heritage-trail-survey-dive-tickets-46657897026?aff=efbeventtix


  18. 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.

    Class Date/Time: 
    June 01, 2018 6:00pm

    Classroom Location:
    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 info@adaptivescubaprograms.org to verify.

  19. 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!
  20. 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.


  21. 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.  
  22. 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

  23. 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. 
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