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  1. Limited Edition Shirts and Sweatshirts gone soon! Window for ordering these limited edition shirts closes on Halloween. 
    Order your shirt here.

  2. LOCATION:  MAIN LIBRARY • 100 S. ANDREWS AVENUE FORT LAUDERDALE, 33301

    EVENTS INCLUDE:
    • 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
    history project
    • “Ask a Curator: Desert Storm Memorabilia”
    • The Welcome Home Group:
    Employment preparation
    • Family fun: Storytime, book giveaway,
    face painting and more
    • Veterans organizations tables expo
    • Marine Corps birthday cake celebration

    ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS
    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
  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. 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.




  5. 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.

  6. This is a contest for a promotional video about AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS. The winning video will have taken information from our website, social media page, you tube channel, etc. to create an engaging, informational video about our Adaptive SCUBA Programs. If you have experience with our program, feel free to use it in the video. The winner's video will be shown during the Panthers game on November 11, 2018.

    DETAILS:
    WINNERS RECEIVE:
    First place: Fort Lauderdale, FL Boat Excursion (sponsored by AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY) and Dive Into Life Shirt.

    Second Place: Dive Into Life Shirt


  7. 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.


  8. 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! 


  9. 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!
  10. Unfortunately, the Maritime Heritage Trail dive scheduled for September 3rd, Labor Day, has been postponed due to conditions. Captain is expecting 5-6 foot seas.

    We look forward to seeing you on the next one.

    Thank you for your patience with us and mother nature.
  11.   
    Join us for a Panthers game! November 11th we will be the organization featured in the Senators vs Panthers Game. 
    Your ticket purchased will show support for our organization. In addition, ALL tickets purchased through this link will include parking as well as a shot on the goal after the game!

    Different levels of tickets are available. Highest level is the Corona Beach House which will include food, wine, beer, and soda.

    See you there!

  12. 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!


  13. 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. 


  14. 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! 





  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. 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




  17. 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!


  18. AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS
    was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

    GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think: AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE AQUATICS PROFILE
  19. 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!
  20. Your shopping matters. This Father's Day, shop for Dad at and Amazon donates to Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics Inc.





  21. 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
  22. ATTENTION!

    All event participation for volunteers and/or participants will be on Eventbrite tickets. If you do not reserve a ticket, you are NOT on the roster. This is an attempt to better track attendees and support for these events. We appreciate your help in this matter.
  23. Diving Emergency Management Provider Course practical portion is happening this evening from 6pm to 9pm. Please arrive by 5:30pm if possible. 

    Location: Pompano Dive Center, 101 N Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 

    If you have not yet completed your academics, please show for the practical portion anyway. Then, once both are completed, you will receive your certification. 
  24. Dive for May 28 is a no go.

    We were holding out hope, but the winds pick up tomorrow rather than abate by the looks of it. It has been postponed. We will notify everyone of the reschedule date when we have it confirmed.




  25. 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.

  26. 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!
  27. 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.


  28. Congrats to Mission United for celebrating their 5-Year mark! We appreciate your support for veterans in our community. Your mission is inspiring. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it.

    MISSION UNITED supports United States military veterans and their families as they re-acclimate to civilian life. MISSION UNITED focuses on employment services, legal assistance, education, financial services, health & housing support.

    Find out how MISSION UNITED can support you and your family. Click here: http://ow.ly/xq9T50hfj02 or calling 954.4.UNITED or email MISSIONUNITED@UnitedWayBroward.org.

    VETERANS, GET THE HELP YOU HAVE EARNED!

  29. 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.  
  30. 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

  31. 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. 
  32. 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.


  33. 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.

  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  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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