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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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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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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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Wounded Veterans Support through Mission Oriented Diving

What is Mission Oriented Diving? The WAVES Project Mission Oriented Diving program provides wounded veterans support and the opportunity and support to take part in service projects in various locations throughout the US. Projects we are currently involved in with the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center include: Lake Mead – mapping project at the…

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New Master Diver Challenge from SSI for 2021.

Below is the information on the challenge – contact us at WAVES Project if you have questions!   LET’S KEEP DIVING!     ANNOUNCING THE 2021 MASTER DIVER CHALLENGE!     “The 2021 Master Diver Challenge has shaped up to be the best ever,” states Jeff Saenger, SSI Director of Sales. “Not only do we have great…

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February Military History

Points of interest in Military History are available online, many are available on the History Channel’s website – we are sharing some of the highlights here! President Abraham Lincoln negotiating an end to the American Civil War On February 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) and Secretary of State William H. Seward (1801-72) met with…

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2020 Year in Review

1st Quarter FOB – Palmdale, California. The first week of February our first “Forward Operating Base Palmdale” completed their first open water class certifying 3 veteran divers. This location is supported by the Antelope Valley Desert Divers club who held a very successful fundraiser at the Bravery Brewing Company. Training was suspended due to the…

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Research and Studies

Scuba Diving Improves Function of Body, Mind in Vets with Spinal Cord Injury Johns Hopkins researchers find ‘dramatic’ results in small preliminary study Release Date: September 17, 2011 A small group of veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba- diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch…

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How to help Veterans deal with isolation.

Article contributed by Dr. Bill LaForge, Ph.D; a member of the WAVES Project Advisory Board. Thank you Bill for your continued support and bringing your expertise to help veterans! It is a major part of their symptomatology that they avoid reaching out to family and friends. The classic symptom clusters (Hyperarousal, Intrusion and Constriction) all…

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Smokey Mountain Catering Leads WAVES Project Service program.

There are times in history where the worst situations will bring out the best in people.  WAVES Project is honored to recognize Jennifer Thompson for her creativity, dedication and leadership during the recent COVID-19 shutdown.  Jennifer launched “WAVES Project Feeds the Knolls” in collaboration with Shamrock Foods, Elks Lodge #2591, and the WAVES Project to…

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The effect of single use plastics on our oceans.

“Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics”. That’s the advice a young, aimless Dustin Hoffman received in the 1967 film, The Graduate. Turns out, that was great advice. When plastic was created in the 1950s, families celebrated the dawn of a new, convenient, disposable lifestyle. In 2016, nearly 168 million metric tons of single-use plastic…

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Program Update:

WAVES Project continues to grow to meet the demand as we have seen an increase in veteran applicants over the past year.  Currently, there are more than 150 new applicants on the waiting list for 64 new applicant spaces available in 2020.  To help meet the need, WAVES Project has increased fundraising efforts to offer…

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Introducing – FOB Palmdale

One of the first FOB’s is located in Palmdale with the Antelope Valley Desert Divers (AVDD) Club. Led by retired Navy Veteran and AVDD Club President, Jeff Carlon, the Palmdale FOB has certified and supported five veterans. They recently completed their second class with a dive off the shores of Catalina.

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Sea Otters: Puppies of the Sea

We are continuing our series on ocean life, written by WAVES Project volunteer Trina. This is an in-depth report on Sea Otters, their habitat, endangered status and lots of great information.

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