Maritime Hero

Branson Rector, our president and founder, has been nominated for a Maritime Hero Award! The prize comes with a $5000 grant that will help VOA take veterans out on the water.
We need YOUR vote! Simply click the picture to the side, or the link below and cast your vote. It is the most simple, pain-free, 30 seconds form you'll ever find.
Click here to vote

For Giving

What better way to celebrate this holiday season, than by shopping on Amazon. For every purchase you make, Amazon donates to Veterans Ocean Adventure. Simply go to and choose Veterans Ocean Adventures as your charity of choice!
Happy Holidays from VOA

is so proud of our volunteer Rudy!
'Rudy and Neal go fishing' Documentary

See the Memorial Day encore showing of "Rudy and Neal go Fishing". It's a great story of one our volunteers, Rudy, who spends time on the water fishing to reconnect with nature and start to heal.
Click here for full article!

in the News
People Magazine!

Look who People Magazine just featured... Veterans Ocean Adventures! They named VOA founder, Branson Rector, a "Hero Among Us," for introducing more than 1,500 U.S. Veterans to the healing power of water. Congrats, Branson!

Read the full story HERE!

in the News
The Miami Herald

Through an article titled "Relieving veterans' PTSD through horses, water - even yoga", The Miami Herald shares the story of Diego Hurtado and the impact that Veterans Ocean Adventures makes in the life of our heroes.

Check it out: The Miami Herald - Nov 11, 2014.

Great Nonprofits
2014 Award!

Thanks to our fans, we've won a 2014 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits!!! Read our reviews and add your story at: Great Nonprofits

For more information on this or any of our other programs, please fill out a form in the Contact Us page, or send an E-Mail to:


SCUBA Diving is a sport that challenges veterans to explore a completely different environment: the undersea world! Veterans Ocean Adventures offers DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING, a three hour introduction to the sport conducted in a pool setting. After veterans receive a brief familiarization of the equipment and a basic overview of skills needed they proceed to the deep end of the pool under the supervision of an instructor. Here veterans experience breathing on SCUBA while floating weightless in the water column! Veterans Ocean Adventures connects those interested in pursuing certification with instructors who understand their needs and with community resources for financial assistance, if needed, to offset the cost of training. Veterans Ocean Adventures sponsors or co-hosts special events such as Veterans Dives, Adaptive SCUBA training and the Weeki Wachee Warrior Challenge.

Cressi Warrior Program - Dive Gear for Wounded Vets