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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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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.
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.
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. MISSION UNITED 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...)
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.