At Dive 4 Warriors, we are veterans first, divers second.
Our mission is to share our love of scuba diving with disabled veterans. We are an independent, national scuba nonprofit serving the needs of a demographic of veterans that are often underserved, overlooked and misunderstood.
We firmly believe in two things:
- Every man and woman who has served our country deserves our deep respect.
- Scuba diving as a mental, emotional, and physical therapeutic experience.
Each of our diving instructors are either former military personnel who want to support their brothers and sisters at arms, or people from the diving community who want to thank wounded warriors for their service in a tangible way that makes a difference.
We embrace the veteran culture and camaraderie we enjoyed while serving. We offer a “cool guy,” tribe-like experience – similar to the experiences in the military – to help Vets overcome a range of health-related conditions that only scuba diving can provide.
Our support groups and diving excursions are designed to provide connections and make it possible for veterans to live a functional life again.
We are a young but rapidly growing organization. Our goals for the next few years are to:
- Have a presence in all 50 states with training programs for hundreds of veterans and their families annually
- Offer local dive clubs associated with our organization throughout the country
- Foster relationships with dive resorts and dive shops to help further the mission and raise awareness.
WHY DIVE 4 WARRIORS
Anecdotal and research studies agree that scuba diving has therapeutic benefits for all but can be especially helpful for those with various health issues including physical disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We are especially alarmed at the increasing suicide rate amongst the veteran population and are using scuba diving as a means of decreasing those numbers.
Scuba diving is a therapeutic experience for people as it promotes physical, mental, and emotional health.
- Physical Health-Swimming is a form of exercise that places little strain on the joints. It improves flexibility and strength.
- Mental Health-The freedom one feels in the water, combined with the steady breathing that reduces stress has noticeable positive effects on mental health, including PTSD.
- Emotional Health-the new-found social interactions, trying new things, and even travel all have a positive effect on a person’s emotional well-being.
The ideas and methodologies surrounding using scuba therapy as a means of helping physically and mentally injured veterans is being championed in Europe, especially the UK. It is slowly becoming an accepted form of therapy here in the United States and we want to be on the forefront of that.
To help our veterans, please donate here.
To sign up or learn more about joining us in a scuba trip, please visit our travel page here.