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Karen Cocozza

Karen Cocozza learned about WAVES Project from a fellow veteran. She thought, “why not, I’ll try it”, and applied to the program in February 2020. She grew up in a small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After High School, her sense of adventure and a desire to earn money for college inspired her to join…

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Reaching a Milestone

WAVES Project has been training in the Southern California since 2011. We became a 501(c )3 nonprofit in 2013. In the beginning, training veterans across the country wasn’t really a thought. Being in Southern California, we had a veteran rich community to train. As we began to develop an internet presence with our website and…

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October 17, 2022

1st Annual WAVES Project Veteran Golf Classic Texas October 17th, 2022 at the Magnolia Creek Golf Club in League City, Texas The 1st Annual Veteran Golf Classic will raise funds to support the WAVES Project programs for veterans in Texas who have service connected disabilities. It will be a great day of fun featuring a…

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JD Chiniaeff

JD Chiniaeff grew up on the water, going to the beach or water skiing on the rivers and lakes. “I never knew my dad had gotten certified as a diver in the sixties until I was in my early twenties. He kept asking me when I was going to get certified and I kept saying…

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Dave Fitzgerald

Dave Fitzgerald began his diving career with WAVES Project in 2018, his chosen dive buddy was his son Alex.  After his Open Water Certification, he began volunteering and continuing his dive training. Dave has worked his way up to the level of Dive Master, helping train other Veterans and leading fun dives to keep them…

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Stop, Breath, Relax…

Occupational Therapists incorporate deep breathing exercises to help promote relaxation and coping techniques to help assist with keeping you centered and focused. Deep breathing is a great mindfulness technique to help with reducing stress and feelings of anxiety. OT’s can use these tools to help assist with self-regulation and resetting your fight or flight response,…

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2022 SCUBA Show May 14 – 15, 2022

May 14 & 15, 2022 WAVES Project will have a booth at the Long Beach SCUBA Show. We will be located near the convention center entrance with other non-profit organizations. Please stop by and say hello! LOCATION Long Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C300 East Ocean BoulevardLong Beach, California 90802 EXHIBITION DATES May 14-15, 2022…

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WAVES Project – Palmdale

WAVES Project Palmdale serves veterans with disabilities in LA County led by Instructor Jeff Carlon. Jeff is a U.S. Navy Veteran, served with the US Forest Service from 1993 to 2001 then moved to the Burbank Fire Department in 2001 where he is serving as a Fire Captain. Jeff is the Medical Unit Leader for…

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“I was compelled to share my truth”

After seeing our Social Media post about our accomplishments in 2021, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and WAVES Project diver, Rafael Monroy contacted WAVES Project to share his feelings and the impact of our program on his life. “I was compelled to share my truth about the chart that showed 392 veterans lives that were positively…

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2021 in Review

After the challenges of the previous year, 2021 brought with it new opportunities & growth. The following summary highlights our training and organizational accomplishments. In January we kicked off the year inspecting and servicing all of our SCUBA training gear. All regulators, computers & buoyancy compensating device (BCD) were inspected and serviced by WAVES staff,…

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Wounded veterans experience therapeutic benefits of diving while helping Dry Tortugas National Park

KEY WEST, Fla. – Dry Tortugas National Park hosted volunteer divers from the Wounded American Veterans Experience Scuba (WAVES) Project who spent a week helping the coral reef ecosystem at the park and in return received therapy, healing and relief from their service-connected disabilities. Seven veterans traveled to the remote Dry Tortugas archipelago, from Oct.…

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WAVES Project Women Veterans Volunteer at Biscayne National Park

Five female veterans of the US Armed Services joined the National Park Service for a week of removing marine debris from Biscayne National Park, July 5-11, 2021. The veterans were sponsored by the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA (WAVES Project), non-profit established to provide opportunities for veterans with service-connected disabilities and their families to experience…

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WAVES Project – Texas

WAVES Project Texas is based in the Houston area led by Instructor SSG Jeffrey Pickard U.S. Army (Ret). Read more about Jeff and his service here: Jeff began his open water training with WAVES Project in our California home office and completed the open water course in 2016. Because he and loved every minute of…

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