To aide Servicemembers, Veterans, and First Responders catastrophically wounded, seen and unseen, with a PTSD, anxiety or depression diagnosis by providing therapeutic scuba diving and marine conservation activities. Our organization serves all Active Duty, Veterans, National Guard, Reservists and First Responders recovering from PTSD, anxiety or depression by paying for recreational and/or adaptive scuba diving lessons with local community scuba shops and participation in marine conservation activities across the United States.
This treatment is backed by a research study completed by Johns Hopkins University and the Cody Unser First Step Foundation. In 2011, Dr. Adam Kaplin and Cody Unser completed a scuba research study on ten paralyzed Veterans suffering from PTSD, anxiety or depression by having them complete their Open Water Diver scuba course certification. Over the four-day course, the Veterans completed several dives and noticed an 80% reduction in their PTSD, anxiety or depression symptoms. Additionally, they reported an average 15 percent reduction in muscle spasticity, an average 10 percent increase in sensitivity to light touch and five percent increase to pinprick. In some individual the improvement in tone, sensation or motor function was between 20 and 30 percent. All of which lasted from weeks to months.
Committed: We will not be deterred in healing Veterans or First Responder suffering from service-connected PTSD, anxiety or depression via adaptive (amputated/paralyzed limb or spinal cord injury), recreational and marine conservation diving.
Supportive: You will NOT suffer alone anymore! We will be there for you in person or via technological means to help you through the dark times.
Family: The moment you took your oath of service, you became Family; you are seen as Brothers and Sisters, we will pray for you, worry about you, and love you unconditionally.
Eco-Conscious: The ocean ecosystem is critically endangered due to pollution and global warming. We will take our oath to “Support and Defend” or "To Protect and Serve" and apply it to the mission of saving this critical ecosystem.
A world where no Veteran or First Responder suffers from PTSD, anxiety or depression.
Immersed in Peace and Purpose