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We all went out there, as complete strangers, for our own reasons, but fate would have us leave as family – always there for support and love when needed. While some were struggling with inner demons or nightmares brought back from war, I ran to NCOBS for more personal, and originally what I thought of as selfish, reasons. I didn’t want to be here, alone, for New Year’s. What ended up happening is coming to a realization that I was running from my life and everything that I hated about it – or myself. > Read the rest of this story.
Participants work together as they learn to read tide charts and maps; explore fragile ecosystems; cook and set up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars; and paddle to new areas each day within the Ten Thousand Islands, or Central Florida Rivers. In addition to learning new skills in canoe and kayak travel and backcountry living, participants also have the opportunity to take a break from busy lives; to challenge themselves in new ways; to develop skills that will assist them in re-adjusting to life at home; and to discuss shared obstacles. Most important of all, participants enjoy a unique and inspiring ocean adventure surrounded by fellow veterans in the beautiful country in which they served.
Outward Bound Veterans expeditions build on camaraderie and the challenge of the natural world as a pathway to healing. These expeditions encourage participants to connect with existing strengths and bond with fellow veterans in a safe, positive, mission-driven environment. As they harness the power of wartime experiences like carrying heavy packs, moving fatigued muscles and sleeping outside, these courses help build the self-confidence and sense of purpose veterans need to continue serving as leaders in their families, communities and the nation.
During this course participants can expect to spend a good deal of time each day in canoes traveling from campsite to campsite. These canoes are tandem, which are perfect for fostering collaboration and communication skills between crewmates. Depending on the weather, the level of difficulty varies day to day. Crews learn: marine expedition risk-assessment and management, marine route planning and navigation, paddle strokes, canoe-based rescues, equipment use, and how to work with a paddling partner.
Participants will learn to:
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