Member Spotlight: Heroes On The Water

 

Heroes On The Water helps our nation’s warriors and veterans unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting.

Their unique kayak fishing program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical hardships of rehabilitation. Warriors are able to enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held in local communities around the country.

Participants of Heroes On The Water will receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers. The program also assists these personnel in adapting the newly developed skills to their new abilities. Adaptive kayaks, kayaking accessories and angling equipment is offered on an as needed basis to accommodate the individual’s particular needs.

Heroes On The Waters program is unique in that it is a long-term activity, not a one-time event. They believe that the effectiveness of the program is a direct result of engaging the wounded military personnel for the long-term.

With kayak fishing, Heroes On The Water is able to cover a variety of therapies at once, physical therapy from paddling and fishing, occupational therapy learning a lifetime sport/activity, and mental therapy from relaxing in nature with no distractions or expectations of performance.

“Heroes On the Water BAMC Program has helped me through every problem and anything I go through, on and off the water. I can turn to the people I fish with for help when I need it. Every week I have something to do, to look forward to….and it’s the stuff I love most! Going out and being on the water where I know that nobody can touch me, a safe zone, with Brothers who understand and have gone through the same stuff I have. HOWBAMC has given me something I thought I lost when I left my unit….Brothers! – Brandon

Heroes On The Water has many upcoming events. Visit their website at http://heroesonthewater.org to learn more about their program and find a local fishing excursion.

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