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Veterans Ocean Adventures, Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   37 reviews 1,515

Address:

20810 SW 86th Ave Miami FL 33189 USA

Mission:

Create an opportunity for veterans to experience the healing power of water. Vision Create an opportunity for disabled veterans to experience open ocean sailing, offshore cruising and scuba diving through collaboration with community partners including the Miami VA and Miami Vet Center. Once participants have completed the Introduction to Water Sports program and express a desire to advance to blue water sailing, Veterans Ocean Adventures provides an introduction to cruising in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Select participants may continue on to join a leg of an ongoing world circumnavigation.

Results:

During FY13, VOA served more than 350 military veterans and their family members by providing free water-sports programming. Through his dedicated efforts, Branson raised more than $35,000, which paid for the costs associated with providing equipment and services (boat rental, fuel, supplies, etc.). He has successfully developed partnerships with a number of other governmental and non-governmental organizations in the community and has provided an opportunity for other US Southern Command employees to volunteer to support the veterans in need. Through VOA, he also provides civilians an opportunity to give back to service members through volunteering—and to learn more about the challenges facing returning military members. In October, Branson was recognized by US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing, as Sailor of the Month for his service to the community through sailing.

Target demographics:

Veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 450 Veterans and their family members

Geographic areas served:

South Florida

Programs:

sailing, diving and kayaking adventures. We also help coordinate fishing outings as well as sponsor indoor rock climbing.

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305-389-6328
www.veteransoceanadventures.org

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Reviews for Veterans Ocean Adventures, Inc

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

Branson,

I want to deeply thank you for the opportunity of diving with VOA. The experience lived yesterday was completely out of this world and I’m very thankful to have been able to participate. I was very impressed by the preparations and skill that the dive master and dive buddies have, but most of all, the vocation that they offer to assist Veterans as well as SCI divers always with a smile. Although this is not my first dive with VOA I could’ve never imagined I would interact in such a personal and up close way with Veterans and currently in the Military people and enjoy such amazing activities, it increases our networking abilities not only narrowed to people in my type of injury (SCI) but also share happy moments and memories with the people that fought for our country and are still here to enjoy the wonders of the world, thanks to organizations like Veterans Ocean Adventures.

Deeply thankful and I look forward for our next trip.

Jose Lizarralde

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This organization epitomizes what a non-profit should look like. Completely focused on serving the needs of the people they support, and doing so selflessly without any financial reward whatsoever. The desire to serve and the gratitude of the people they help is all the reward they need, and what truly motivates them.

As a newly certified HSA Buddy Diver, I can tell you that didn’t come without substantial effort and commitment. That said, this was but a very small fraction of the time and effort continuously invested by Branson Rector and dive instructor James Paddon, the dedicated individuals that founded and run the VOA.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

i really have to say that I'm really thankful for this experience and the great volunteers that made this possible for us, this was something that i always wanted to do but i was afraid i could experience a panic attack since i suffer from anxiety, it was a little uncomfortable at beginning but then i started to feel more comfortable breathing under water and then i was calmed and i could control my breathing , i felt i was taking more clean deep breaths under water than on the ground, this is gave me more confidence to overcome and control my anxiety and panic attacks and it's also going to help to tolerate my sleep apnea mask at night. Thank you very much. Great team

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Top notch organization with volunteers who care about helping vets, most being veterans themselves.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Veterans Ocean Adventures is a first class operation! I have been completely impressed with the caliber of services and the amazing impact this organization has had on so many veterans. VOA offers a much-needed diversion for many vets who could use a little break from time to time, from the stresses associated with their service to the country. VOA gives back to these men and women who have sacrificed a so much, and in a way that is challenging, enjoyable, rewarding, and safe. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to volunteer with VOA!

 
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6 people found this review helpful

Excellent, these dive events are so therapeutic and calming. I do not have to use sleep meds for at least three days after diving with VOA.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

The scuba diving was very organized, very safe for the disabled and all other divers. The ultimate objective was achieved, the experience was challah ginger but FUN. Adaptive diving at its best.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

The scuba instructions were clear and precise. The demonstrations were repeated several times and easy to follow. The challenge of the scuba lesson was with my own personal anxieties and learning curve. However, James my instructor was extremely patient and supportive. I thought it was great that each novice scuba student was paired 1:1 with an instructor.

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I had a great time diving with Veteran Ocean Adventures. It was a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere. I enjoyed spending the day with fellow veterans who had similar interests . I was also impressed by the effort put forth to accommodate those with disabilities. I would like to volunteer to help this organization in the future.

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Veterans Ocean Adventure is a great Nonprofit Organization that care and that is helping veterans like me veterans with disability. Is given me an other veterans the opportunity to experience something beautiful, the ocean and also giving me the opportunity to help others veterans. Thank you so much for Veteran Ocean Adventure, they have given me a second chance.
I'll always be grateful!!!!

 
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