Patriots For Disabled Divers

Patriots For Disabled Divers Patriots for Disabled Divers is dedicated to bringing the joy of scuba diving to individuals with disabilities. TO DONATE, PLEASE GO TO: https://www.patriotsfordisableddivers.org/donate/

A 2011 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found, “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba- diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.” In 2016, The New York Times reported on the benefits of scuba diving

A 2011 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found, “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba- diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.” In 2016, The New York Times reported on the benefits of scuba diving

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09/14/2021

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09/14/2021

Bryan Anderson is pumped about his PADI Open Water Dive Certification and future dive lifestyle. Come join him!
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Catalina Divers Supply
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Bryan Anderson is now a PADI open water certified diver!!!  Thanks to Bryan Anderson Patriot Scuba, Sherwood Scuba, PADI...
09/14/2021

Bryan Anderson is now a PADI open water certified diver!!! Thanks to Bryan Anderson Patriot Scuba, Sherwood Scuba, PADI, Rotter Prosthetics, Catalina Divers Supply!

09/13/2021

PADI interview on Day Two of Open Water Certification for Bryan Anderson!
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09/06/2021

Photos from Patriot Scuba's post

09/04/2021
Thank you to the Town of Occoquan-Government and Patriot Scuba for this amazing fundraiser!Because of your efforts, four...
09/02/2021
Making waves: Occoquan Duck Splash raises $4,000 for nonprofit

Thank you to the Town of Occoquan-Government and Patriot Scuba for this amazing fundraiser!

Because of your efforts, four Disabled Veterans will benefit from the joy, adventure, camaraderie, and therapy of Scuba.

Thirteen isn’t always an unlucky number.

Took my family (sporting our PFDD rashguards) diving in the Florida Keys with one of our PFDD affiliate shops Conch Repu...
08/20/2021

Took my family (sporting our PFDD rashguards) diving in the Florida Keys with one of our PFDD affiliate shops Conch Republic Divers! We had a great day at Molasses and Little Conch Reefs. Thanks to Capt Gary, Brenda, Bob, Jo and Jeremy for a memorable vacation.

Another great Trivia night fundraiser with Patriot Scuba and the Town of Occoquan, VA. Thanks to all who volunteered to ...
07/24/2021

Another great Trivia night fundraiser with Patriot Scuba and the Town of Occoquan, VA.
Thanks to all who volunteered to help raise money to fund Disabled Veteran scuba divers.

Congratulations to Jerald on completing your Open Water Scuba Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, S...
07/19/2021

Congratulations to Jerald on completing your Open Water Scuba Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving!

Great job and welcome to the joy, adventure, camaraderie, and therapy of Scuba diving.

Congratulations to Jerald on completing your Open Water Scuba Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving!

Great job and welcome to the joy, adventure, camaraderie, and therapy of Scuba diving.

06/17/2021

The drawing for the Pit Boss Smoker/Grill was live tonight on Vets Rolling Smoke & BBQ’s page. The winner is Steve Cook. We will contact Steve and coordinate shipping in the coming days.

Thanks to everyone who donated. With your support, we were able to bring the joy, adventure, camaraderie, and therapy of scuba to four Disabled Veterans.

Thanks to everyone at VRSB for this awesome gift!

We hope you enjoy our latest PFDD Newsletter "The Splash"!  In this edition there is a message from the Executive Direct...
06/08/2021

We hope you enjoy our latest PFDD Newsletter "The Splash"! In this edition there is a message from the Executive Director and President of the Board, testimonials from disabled Veteran participants, and spotlights on two of our 16 affiliate dive shops (Patriot Scuba and Calypso Tampa).

Thanks to Doreen F. for her tireless work to get this newsletter together.

https://www.patriotsfordisableddivers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PFDD-June-21-Newsletter-FINAL.pdf

Ocean Enterprises Dive Team
Ocean Extreme Dive and Travel Center, Inc.
Conch Republic Divers
Waterdogs SCUBA & Safety
Lake Norman Scuba
Texas Dive Center
TLSea Diving, Seattle-DesMoines, Wa
MASS Diving, Inc.
Move United Sport
Deep Sea Valkyries
PADI
Patriot Scuba
Calypso Tampa
Aquatic World of North Syracuse
Blue Crew Divers
First Coast Divers
Underwater Safaris Chicago
SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
The Scuba Shop

Day 2 of the Occoquan Artisan Market. Patriot Scuba is sponsoring their “Dive Bar” and raising funds for PFDD!
06/06/2021

Day 2 of the Occoquan Artisan Market. Patriot Scuba is sponsoring their “Dive Bar” and raising funds for PFDD!

Day 2 of the Occoquan Artisan Market. Patriot Scuba is sponsoring their “Dive Bar” and raising funds for PFDD!

Come on out to the Occoquan Artisan Market today and tomorrow at River Mill Park. Patriot Scuba is sponsoring a fundrais...
06/05/2021

Come on out to the Occoquan Artisan Market today and tomorrow at River Mill Park. Patriot Scuba is sponsoring a fundraiser for PFDD by setting up the “Dive Bar”.

Everything earned goes to teaching disabled Veterans to scuba dive.

Come on out to the Occoquan Artisan Market today and tomorrow at River Mill Park. Patriot Scuba is sponsoring a fundraiser for PFDD by setting up the “Dive Bar”.

Everything earned goes to teaching disabled Veterans to scuba dive.

06/05/2021
Congratulations to Matt and Laura for completing your PADI Open Water Certification with Patriot Scuba!  Welcome to the ...
06/01/2021

Congratulations to Matt and Laura for completing your PADI Open Water Certification with Patriot Scuba!

Welcome to the fun, adventure, camaraderie, and therapy of scuba diving!

Congratulation to Jose for completing your Open Water Scuba Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Sno...
05/27/2021

Congratulation to Jose for completing your Open Water Scuba Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving! Great Job and welcome to the joy, adventure, camaraderie, and therapy of scuba diving!

From Jose:

I am happy to report that I completed my open water certification. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you guys so much for the opportunity to do this. I am very excited to continue my journey in the scuba diving world. It has really gotten me out of the house and doing something I enjoy doing. Thank you again I am eternally grateful. I am also attaching a picture taken the day of.

Respectfully,

Jose P

Thanks SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving!

Congratulation to Jose for completing your Open Water Scuba Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving! Great Job and welcome to the joy, adventure, camaraderie, and therapy of scuba diving!

From Jose:

I am happy to report that I completed my open water certification. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you guys so much for the opportunity to do this. I am very excited to continue my journey in the scuba diving world. It has really gotten me out of the house and doing something I enjoy doing. Thank you again I am eternally grateful. I am also attaching a picture taken the day of.

Respectfully,

Jose P

Thanks SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving!

Thanks to the Patriot Scuba team for your fundraising event at the Occoquan Trivia night.  The Dive Bar earned enough to...
05/23/2021

Thanks to the Patriot Scuba team for your fundraising event at the Occoquan Trivia night. The Dive Bar earned enough to fund another disabled Veteran through our program.

What a beautiful night! Thanks to our PFDD Volunteers for coming out to serve up drinks at our DIVE Bar during Trivia night. And thanks to Occoquan Craft Shows and Events for a great event! Patriots For Disabled Divers

05/21/2021
Congratulations to Matt (on left) and Dakota for earning their PADI Open Water Diver Certification with Texas Dive Cente...
05/14/2021

Congratulations to Matt (on left) and Dakota for earning their PADI Open Water Diver Certification with Texas Dive Center in Houston.

Donations to PFDD make this happen so please visit our website and donate at www.patriotsfordisableddivers.org/donate

Congratulations to Matt (on left) and Dakota for earning their PADI Open Water Diver Certification with Texas Dive Center in Houston.

Donations to PFDD make this happen so please visit our website and donate at www.patriotsfordisableddivers.org/donate

Day 2 of the Occoquan Artisan Market. Come out and support PFDD with Patriot Scuba and all the other local small busines...
05/09/2021

Day 2 of the Occoquan Artisan Market. Come out and support PFDD with Patriot Scuba and all the other local small businesses. We are raising money to bring the joy, adventure, and therapy of scuba diving to our disabled Veteran community. Oh, and we have Megalodon Teeth!!!!!

Every dollar helps so please consider donating on our website at www.patriotsfordisableddivers.org/donate

05/09/2021
Come on down to Occoquan for the Artisan Market and visit the Patriot Scuba tent to support Patriots for Disabled Divers...
05/08/2021

Come on down to Occoquan for the Artisan Market and visit the Patriot Scuba tent to support Patriots for Disabled Divers.

05/08/2021
Come join us throughout the summer for the Occoquan Artisan Market where Patriot Scuba will host a PFDD fundraiser with ...
05/04/2021
Occoquan is hosting a series of pop-up artisan markets this summer

Come join us throughout the summer for the Occoquan Artisan Market where Patriot Scuba will host a PFDD fundraiser with all proceeds going to disabled Veterans who want to experience scuba diving. If you are in the Northern Virginia area, stop by, enjoy, and donate!

The markets, running over three spring weekends, promise open-air shopping, music, and fun.

04/23/2021
Congratulations Justin for completing your Open Water Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkelin...
03/29/2021

Congratulations Justin for completing your Open Water Certification with SeaVentures Aquatic Center: Swimming, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving!

Welcome to the joy, adventure, and therapy of scuba diving!

Note from Justin:

“I'm happy to say that I've completed my open water certification and excited to start planning another dive. I've met new friends through the training and plan to dive with them in the future.

I've enclosed a few pictures of the trip from this past weekend.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to start another chapter in my life.

Regards,

Justin”

03/09/2021

Memories of working with great people!

Happy Birthday Merial and thank you, and Patriot Scuba for all of your support to PFDD!
12/31/2020

Happy Birthday Merial and thank you, and Patriot Scuba for all of your support to PFDD!

🎁 Happy Birthday, Merial! Want to give her a NYE birthday present? Donate to Patriots For Disabled Divers by midnight!

Visit: patriotsfordisableddivers.org/donate

Your tax-deductible donation will bring freedom and hope to a Veteran with PTSD and/or physical disability. It only takes $1000 for PFDD to certify ONE Diver. Let's fund one more exceptional diver by midnight!

A little #bts: In 2020, Merial stayed up late at night to sew hundreds of COVID masks, and her team poured over a thousand drinks at Occoquan Town events to fundraise for PFDD. Let’s finish this year by funding ONE more diver for her birthday!

Donate today. Thanks, everyone!

Hey all you Underwater Air Breathers and PFDD supporters. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!  Apply Today with Deep Se...
12/22/2020

Hey all you Underwater Air Breathers and PFDD supporters. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! Apply Today with Deep Sea Valkyries at https://www.deepseavalkyries.com/summer-2021.

APPLY TODAY for Deep Sea Valkyries summer 2021 retreat! Truly a voyage of healing for our Veteran's mind, body, and soul.
#mindbodysoul #alternativetherapy #scubadiving #veterans #humansatsea #patriots #ptsd #sealife #divetherapy
https://www.deepseavalkyries.com/summer-2021

12/14/2020
Hunting for Fossils!

Megalodon Teeth! 🦈

Fossil hunting! 🔍

Who doesn’t like playing in sand and looking for fossils? Our Megalodon and fossil grab bag fundraiser is fun for kids and adults.

Here is one of our future divers on the hunt for his next big find!

Thanks to the PADI Professionals at Patriot Scuba for donating the Megalodon teeth and fossils from their dives in NC and Florida.

If you are interested in diving for fossils yourself, contact Patriot Scuba about future trips.

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Occoquan, VA
22125

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A 2011 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found, “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba- diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.”

In 2016, The New York Times reported on the benefits of scuba diving for veterans suffering from PTSD: “Traditional medical approaches generally rely on drugs and controlled re-experiencing of trauma, called exposure therapy. But this combination has proved so unpopular that many veterans quit before finishing or avoid it altogether.” On the other side of the coin, one Iraq War veteran who survived being shot in the head told The Times, “There are no bad memories in the water. Everything just wants to live. It made me want to live again.”

In addition to the scientific findings, we’ve heard firsthand from hundreds of disabled divers telling us they feel less anxiety, fewer headaches, and a feeling of freedom that was previously missing from their life. We’ve seen vets with PTSD change from emotionally shut down and compartmentalized to open and engaged.

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After 2 glorious days of diving at Mammoth Lake in Texas with Texas Dive Center and because of Patriots For Disabled Divers I now can say I am a PADI open water SCUBA diver. Thankfully the Gulf of Mexico never gets cold and I now have the opportunity to see the scalloped Hammerhead migration which I’ve heard is a beautiful sight.
Last weekend I got my confined water dives in now I’m just waiting on the weather to clear to get my open water dives done I came out of my confined water dive more relaxed than I have been since before my first combat tour if just a pool relaxes me like that I can’t wait to see what a real dive does for me
Thank you for this opportunity it means a lot to me to start on this new adventure I have already finished the knowledge portion and I’m doing my confined water dives this Sunday I will make sure I send some pictures from the pool and my open water dives. It’s organizations like this that really make a difference in veterans lives.
I love this organization! Excellent work and honest people💕
Applications are now open for our 2019 voyage of healing for mind, body, and soul. Participants are not selected on a first come, first served basis so please take your time with the application and essay. We have had the honor of hosting several PFDD participants over the years and are proud to partner with such an awesome organization! #mindbodysoul #alternativetherapy #scubadiving #veterans #humansatsea #patriots #ptsd #sealife #divetherapy
This is our SCUBA class at SeaVentures in Alpharetta Georgia. I can't thank you enough for allowing my husband and me the opportunity to learn how to dive. My husband was so worried about retaining the information that he was nervous but he had the best scores in the class on the tests. This boosted his confidence and he has been so excited that we get to do this together. This is the most excited I have seen him in a long time. He is ready for us to go get our Open Dive Certifications done and he is ready to go on an adventure with me and my brother who is also a veteran and a diver. Thank you for the amazing opportunity and to allow us to do it as a family. The family and caregivers are often left out and forgotten but PFDD has made sure that is not the case. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can't express my gratitude towards PFDD enough.
San Diego affiliate Ocean Enterprises taking advantage of the great December weather and training Veterans on the west coast! https://www.facebook.com/OceanEnterprises/videos/10159611284830034/
San Diego Affiliate Ocean Enterprises taking care of our West Coast Veterans! Great group of guys ready for the ocean!