Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics has been an integral part of my recovery. Diving with them helped me cope with my PTSD/anxiety disorder symptoms and helped me deal with chronic pain, insomnia, depression, and agoraphobia. Aquanaut's method of teaching and sensitive approach to different forms of disabilities allows a sense of trust in the organization. Instructor Worth O'Brien's work ethic, extensive knowledge, experience, and professionalism are all amazing qualities exhibited through training. Aquanauts is solely dedicated to provide support and share the benefits of adaptive SCUBA with the intent to help others feel the power of control over their limitations. As an alternative to a myriad of other therapies, adaptive SCUBA provides a wholeness approach to healing and recovery. SCUBA provides a wonderful therapeutic tool that can provide relief to different disabilities or limitations. I strongly recommend Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics as a legit and professional organization working to provide effective services that work.
Three years ago I lost my right leg below the knee do to various medical issues. After a fairly long and painful rehab I was able to walk again with a prothesis. Being 65 years old I had only a small choice of activities to help improve my physical and more importantly mental health. Always being an active person who enjoyed playing various sports and activities, I was quite honestly becoming very depressed.
At some point one of my friends from the Amputee group I was involved in suggested scuba diving. Because of my love of swimming and the ocean this was a perfect suggestion. Now all I had to do was get over my fear of ever swimming in the ocean again, let alone scuba diving below it. It was this same person who suggested Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics. The name alone gave me hope.
After doing research on the organization, I scheduled an introduction to diving in a swimming pool. From the moment I arrived, I was warmly greeted and made to feel at ease by the Instructer Worth O’Brien. All the equipment was laid out for me and each step was professionally explained to me as I was helped on the scuba equipment. Within the first 5 minutes in the pool and actually breathing under water I realized I found a new love. I was so excited for the first time since my amputation that I had an activity that is giving me the physical and mental stimulation I craved. This class was a few hours and I received the basic knowledge needed to become a diver. Worth and his team helped me every step of the way giving me more and more confidence. But would I be able to use these new found skills in the ocean?
A few weeks later I had my opportunity. An ocean dive was scheduled for handicapped people and I decided to go. Although I was wildly nervous and doubted myself, I was reassured by Worth that I would have all the help and attention I needed
The entire point of this note is to tell what a life changing experience this was. To see the ocean life as never before was incredible. I felt elated!!
Most importantly I could never have done this without the team of Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics. Under the leadership of Worth O’Brien and his team, I felt completely at ease and safe with their professionalism. As importantly I introduced 2 other amputees to the world of scuba diving….All of this would not have been possible without this worthy organization. With their help I have passed my certification and have completed nearly 10 additional dives and will continue this new found love.
it was a unforgettable experience, one of a kind and the one that leave you wanting more and more, to dive is to visit another world, beautiful and peaceful, I recommended to everyone to give them self a chance to see it, I guaranty you will fall in love with it, thanks to the hole crew and the instructors for your dedication and excellent treatment.
On April 1st, 2008, I was involved in a nearly fatal motorcycle accident. 3 weeks later I woke from a coma to find out that my neck had been fractured in multiple places, I had a mild TBI, my right arm was paralyzed and I had multiple other injuries but I was alive. Years went by and after multiple surgeries and therapies I found myself isolated and living in chronic pain. To years ago I met someone with a similar injury and they mentioned to me that they received a lot of relief while being underwater.
After visiting my local dive shop and talking with an instructor, I decided to get certified. My first dive trip was with a veteran group that took us to the Cayman islands. During my 1st dive, I feel in love! Diving has been the greatest therapeutic relief that I’ve had in the last ten years. Physically I have little to no nerve/muscle spams while I am underwater. I feel like I breathe better while diving. Mentally my head is the clearest that it ever gets while I am underwater. Being able to tour and see these underwater worlds, it rejuvenates me wholly. Whether, I am diving with a purpose like cleaning up the ocean or lion fish hunts, to just enjoying reefs and marine life. Whenever I come out the water I am always physically, mentally, and spiritually relieved. I always look forward to my next chance to go diving. My goal is to become instructor certified and continue to help others discover the healing power of the ocean. I am VERY thankful for Aquanauts helping me to reach that goal!
As an Army Airborne Parachute Rigger and Platoon Leader in performing air delivery operations in Vietnam I returned home to try to fit into society and couldn't understand why I was having so much difficulty. I was withdrawn and isolated. I took a bartending class paid for by the GI Bill that encouraged me to be socially interactive I later realized I had the symptoms of PTSD but when I went to be evaluated by the Veterans Administration I was told I didn't have it bad enough to Merit getting into a therapy group.
I had to sleep with pillows between me and my wife for fear of injuring her during the night and I was triggered and startled by loud noises and helicopters.
Back in 2009 I met Worth O'Brien of Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics and became scuba certified and later became a certified buddy diver. I immediately realized the wonderful therapeutic effects that Scuba diving offered and the immense gratification and appreciation i experienced from helping my dive buddies experience the wonderful feeling of being free of their disabilities as we soared through the water unencumbered by our disabilities!
To see the smiles on their faces as they describe their diving experience with wonderment is truly rewarding and uplifting.
I personally have benefited by realizing the reduced effects of my PTSD and finding more inner peace and tranquility in this submergence therapy, and the comaraderie that we share with our fellow veterans is priceless! I sleep more peacefully and find my "triggers" are almost non- existent.
I am forever grateful to Aquanauts as they enable us to experience the therapeutic benefits of scuba diving as well as enriching our lives from all the wonderful friendships we forge in a bond of brotherhood as we all look out for a buddy divers and watch over our National Parks!
I am ALWAYS Proud and humbled to be in the company of my Brothers in Arms! We truely are blessed to have such great programs that enable us to share challenging, nurturing and healing experiences that continue to forge the bonds of friendship and comradery while contributing to the conservation of Our National Parks!
Every year, the new exposure and support that allows us to make a bigger impact in peoples' lives make this endeavor more rewarding and inspiring. The volunteer and public donation support truly drive this organization. And a HUGE thank you to our Aquanauts Society members who make these programs sustainable.
Being able to be a part of it and make this therapeutic activity available for our community veterans and disabled is an honor and a privilege.
A great group of volunteers make this program great. We are looking forward to many more years of helping our communities' veterans and individuals with disabilities by sharing what a great all-inclusive therapy SCUBA diving is. It's not just recreational. Thank you for your support.
I went for a pool dive over the weekend. The ambassadors and volunteers were more than accommodating. Instructor O'Brien (Mr. Scuba Duba) was confident and knowledgeable about adaptive SCUBA. Safety is a top priority for all members. I never thought I would return to diving after my accident 8 years ago. The pool dive was enjoyable and a great environment to get down the basics (without waves and current). I look forward to joining Aquanauts on future dives. I appreciate all the support.
I have been a part of Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics from its inception. Having had personal experience with non-profits in the past I was extremely impressed with Serena and Worth's commitment to helping the disabled and our Veterans through the benefits of scuba. They spend an inordinate amount of time training volunteer and perform miracles for the disabled. I have been at several trainings, dives, and events and am constantly impressed at Worth and the volunteers patience and depth of knowledge and more importantly seeing the changes and exhilaration of the participants. These scuba experiences seem to make the participants come alive and forget their disabilities. This non-profit is run professionally and all efforts go to helping the disabled and Veterans. It is one of the finest young organizations I have been affiliated with. They deserve the highest praise for their work.
I'm a new volunteer, having everything squared away prior to diving take much of my anxiety away and allows me to relax and focus on safety and assisting others.
With the Aquanauts the attention to details and care is world class and the individuals I've met were so diverse and interesting.
I have been working with divers with disabilities for a decade now. It is wonderful to be a part of helping individuals with disabilities experience SCUBA Diving. SCUBA Diving is a phenomenally therapeutic activity. It is ideal to help individuals with spinal cord injury, PTSD, TBI, the list goes on and on. Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics understands the volunteers are their lifeblood and truly appreciate all their efforts in making every event a safe and fun time for the participants.
We can't do it without you!
Aquanauts is alway involved in, not only, helping to keep out marine life safe and with a clean habitat, but also offering disabled veterans with an opportunity to get out into the ocean and provide them with a better quality of life!!!
We appreciate you taking the time to post a review about our program. The more people hear about what we do, the more lives we can positively affect. Thank you.
This is an amazing organization that touches many lives, from veterans to children and across the spectrum of all abilities .
The personal dedication of the founders and their professional reputation, and their consistency stand apart.
If you’re looking for a quality charitable, educational, scientific, group of individuals that deliver not only a service to the community but also care about you; I couldn’t recommend more to become part of the Aquanauts’s experience and family.
We rely heavily on volunteers, and you are a great asset to the program and the lives it touches. Thank you for being part of the Aquanauts family.
Aquanauts is such an amazing organization! The care and compassion that they give to adaptive divers is so heartwarming. Aquanauts professionalisms and dedication to divers of all levels no matter there physical limitations just elevates us all as human beings.
We are glad to have you as part of the Aquanauts family! Hope to see you soon.
This organization has taken me diving and made my dream come true over and over again since start. Without my scuba, I would go crazy dealing with people and life in general. You guys rock !!
We miss you on the dives. Hope to see you in the ocean again soon! Your time in volunteering to help us spread awareness and make the events a success are greatly appreciated.
Instructor O'Brien taught me to dive. His patience and extreme understanding for my abilities and disabilities gave me back the one place in which I'm truly free: the ocean. He then took it a step further and showed me how beautiful AND colorful the underwater world is at night. In each dive during the past 3 years he's slowly taught me how "control" is not something only found through physical strength, but also through my ability to trust and face challenges to the best of my capabilities. As a c4-c5 quad, that is not an easy lesson.
As if that was not enough, he made me an Advanced Diver, a learning experience that I'll never forget. .. How could I when I dove a wreck down at 110 ft deep... Another wreck at night seeing it come to life in a way that words cannot describe... Learning more about our environment and the wonders of marine life, among other things.
All I can say as I wrap up my babbling is that Instructor O'Brien (AND the dive buddies I've had the honor to dive with) are not only amazingly trained, but also made it a point to understand me as a person rather than a disability. Thanks to them I feel confident and free when I dive, forgetting how over 80% of my body does not work... I'm at 100% happiness as we submerge.
It is an honor and privilege to be connected with this organization. It is heartwarming to see the visible emotion and lightening of hearts when they experience this life-changing experience. Even more so knowing how much Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics is helping them!
Without public donations from awesome people like you, we would not be able to make this program happen. Thank you for taking the extra time to post a review.
From a wheelchair to the water, from wondering to doing it, this organization has helped me realize my goal of getting into the water!
Thank you so much for your support! We look forward to seeing you in the ocean!
After a spinal cord injury, I thought my future was lying in bed for the rest of my life. This organization came to my rescue and taught me to work through my handicap and explore they ocean while experiencing the healing powers of the ocean, great caring individuals
The experience, was completely amazing! It has been over 14 years since my last dive, and I was concerned about getting back into the water with my bad back. I met a bunch of others like me, to include a nice individual who has tried numerous times to scuba, but until that day has never made it deeper than 5 feet, but with Aquanauts she made it all the way to the bottom and spent a long time having fun to include summer-salts . The one-on-one training, friendly staff, and incredible fun atmosphere made it a truly amazing day. A friendly tip for those with facial hair. Trim the mustache to a #1 or bring some Vaseline with you. It helps keep the water out of the mask. A small container is more than enough. Thanks Aquanauts. You are truly the Best!
I've been diving since 1985 and this team is by far the most professional and knowledgeable I've been out with. I have two teenage sons who dive with me and the message of Worth's Team comes across "loud-and-clear"! Safety, Safety, Safety, and communications underwater! High quality rental gear and wet suits were ready to go. The Aquanaut Team reviewed our gear setup and made sure they answered all of our questions.
The Aquanaut Team provided us with the best diving experience since I learned to bottle-dive in Tampa Bay in the 1980's. We were briefed on what to look for and saw an abundance of sea life; schools of fish, sharks (only a Marine Recon Diver would show us how and invite us to pet a shark-even if it didn't have teeth), lobster, eels, and turtles.
Aquanauts and Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics are our Dive Team of choice.
I have been diving with Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics for four years now. As a C7 incomplete quadriplegic adaptive diver, I always feel safe and comfortable while diving with AAA, AAA's founder Instructor Worth O'Brien and the competent trained buddy divers. Worth runs a fun tight ship. He is well aware of each diver and their needs and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He is an excellent instructor able to clearly present the material and make learning fun. I recently had the privilege of taking my AOW course with AAA. With the instruction and patient help of Worth and my skilled buddies, I was able to hone my skills and become a better diver diving to greater depths.
Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics, Inc, Instructor Worth o"Brien and the magnificent buddy divers make this nonprofit organizations one of the best in South Florida. Keep up the good work. Lets hear a loud and vigorous Scooba Dooba for AAA!!!
I was certified up to advanced open water with Insteuctor Worth O'Brien, and I have been present for many of the Adaptive Scuba dives. He is very professional and very educated in his field, with many years of experience. The Adaptive Sucuba program is an amazing opportunity for disabled people to be able to explore and be part of ocean adventures, it's a great opportunity to be part of a different world! Instructor Worth O'Brien helps divers believe that there are no barriers when it comes to diving and having fun doing it!
Hard to pick a place to start with this organization it's rare to find similar places with as must client care and consideration as this one. everyone was very professional and helpful I felt very comfortable as soon as I showed up, I give them 10/10 and recommend all my friends to go here I will def come back
This is a great program that has the potential to help many people with all types of disabilities. I have been fortunate in knowing Instructor O’Brien and applaud his work ethics, caring, and professionalism in this program.
For many years as a Volunteer finding an organization that is professionally operated has been very difficult to find. I am happy to say that working with AQUANAUTS ADAPTIVE SCUBA PROGRAMS has been a rewarding experience. All of the activities that I have participated in have been 100% sponsored for both participants and volunteers for scuba training, boat trips, and social events. Volunteers and participants have also had many opportunities to be involved with several similar organizations both out of state and local forming great relationships. I am proud to be part of such a universal organization!
I went through the open water course and have had the wonderful opportunity to have known the instructor, Worth O'Brien, for many years. His passion for helping those with disabilities is contagious. His patience and knowledge makes it for an amazing experience for the divers and gives them the freedom and confidence to do something they oftentimes didn't think was possible!
I have seen many of the wonderful programs conducted by Adaptive SCUBA programs, and they are uplifting to observe. this organization currently has no paid employees, and the funds go strictly towards items necessary for running the program.
What a great experience! Received the open water certification course for my birthday and could not have been more excited. The knowledge and personal attention I received from Instructor O'Brien was top notch. I now dive frequently and confidently thanks to Aquanauts.
My Father in Law was part of a similar nonprofit in NJ. It enabled him to participate in something active, while improving his morale, health and his entire outlook on his life after becoming disabled. A true blessing.
I personally know the people involved in this wonderful undertaking and am, also, a donor. I highly recommend Aquanauts Adaptive Aquatics!
The most rewarding experience of my life has been volunteering to help disabled divers!