LifeWaters is proud to announce, in conjunction with the Paralyzed Veterans of America, our first hosted “Hero Dive”.
At the end of June 2017, LifeWaters will be descending off the Key West coast with 5 spinal cord injured veterans to include Joe (who also suffers from ALS), 6 Navy Seals and 7 LifeWaters Dive Buddies.
Joe reached out to LifeWaters and SCI Recreation Therapist, Charley Wright to share his dream of diving in the blue waters of the Caribbean with his wife and daughter before his condition worsens. Over the course of the last couple of months, Joe received medical clearance for scuba training with Charley Wright Spinal Cord Injury Recreation Therapist/Adaptive Scuba Instructor. The last few weeks have been challenging but fun for both Joe and his training team.
Earlier this year, all three had the chance to travel with LifeWaters to the Georgia Aquarium and experience sharing the water with 4 whale sharks, Manta Rays and various other marine life. This only fueled the entire family to finish their own Open Water Certifications and dive the Warm Oceans of the Keys. With only a few weeks to go, Joes wife and daughter are in the last stages for certification for their own open water scuba card.
The birth of the “HERO DIVE” will pave the wave for so many other families to have the chance to experience the healing properties above and below the waters. We are fortunate to have Gateway PVA and National PVA providing the funds for Joe and his family to travel and dive the Keys, additionally National PVA covering the cost two days on the dive boat for our entire team of disabled divers and specialized dive team. We are also fortunate to have national donors and supporters who will be attending the event to cheer on the team.
At the end of this adventure, there will be a documentary that will be shared nationally and internationally which will include Joe’s story. The Film crew will follow Joe from St. Louis to Key West documenting every step and bubble. When finished Joe will additionally receive a 20-minute video edited just for him and his family for years to come. We have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, so let it be the “HERO DIVE”.
A special thank you to the PVA, Julio Gomez (Founder and CEO of TridentCMG) and his team, LifeWaters volunteers, and Darrin James’ video crew.
Our motto, “The Ocean is our Lifeline… “
If you wish to sponsor a hero, please contact us or simply donate.
LifeWaters recognizes the selfless sacrifice of our First Responders. LifeWaters is proud to announce that we are building our initial First Responder team . This team will include:
- First responders who are scuba certified and want to become adaptive dive buddies through the SDI Scubility Dive program.
- First responders who have acquired a mobility impairment and want to learn to dive.
We encourage friends and family to certify as well. This participation can be essential to the therapy of the adaptive diver. LifeWaters participants learn more than just how to dive. They gain confidence in their abilities, learn to problem solve adaptive solutions, and meet other people with mobility impairments. Joining LifeWaters provides a sense of freedom and comfort for many families on their first trips, national and international. Through these trips, families gain the confidence to travel on their own!
Kevin, a Lifewaters adaptive diver, said “LifeWaters has a unique perspective on
disabilities. As opposed to traditional medical process, they put the primary focus on
what I “can” do, not what I can’t do. They evaluated me appropriately, designed a
program to become and open water certified, and pushed me to achieve it. LifeWaters
is a culture and a family. Everyone genuinely cares about everyone. For any individual
with a disability who is wondering, “I wonder if I can do that?” the answer is very simple.
Reach out to LifeWaters and ask.”
LifeWaters has committed to improving the lives our heroes by offering discover scuba and scuba certifications through Scuba Diving International (SDI) (Scubility Program) as part of recreational water therapy. This program is run by a dedicated, passionate staff of volunteers to include SCI therapists, doctors, nurses, veterans and civilians through the sport of diving. LifeWaters mission is to promote independence, inclusion, adventure, and healing for Veterans, First Responders, and civilians with mobility impairments by providing camaraderie, training, and certification in adaptive scuba diving for divers and