How It Works
We recognize that the unique and difficult demands of service to our country can make it tough to rejoin civilian life, and that trauma exposure can make that process even more difficult. Sailing with Veterans on Deck, for those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), or any other service-related invisible wound, is a chance to focus on social stress and avoidance while creating coping skills to successfully work through these challenges.
For service members who have not yet seen combat or been deployed, sailing can also provide a few tools to help prevent the long-term effects of potential trauma exposure. Veterans on Deck does not provide traditional therapy or openly identify the diagnoses of our participants; being outdoors, among peers, and engaging in the process of making the boat move are where the therapeutic benefits are found.
- We have 2 boats - Caithness and Phoenix also known as (DD 214)
- Each boat seats about 6 people comfortably in the cockpit, which is the outdoor seating area on the stern (back) of the boat.
- PFD (Personal Floatation Devices) are provided and required as a safety precaution.
- Participation in the sailing process is encouraged, but not required. We love to teach and enjoy the chance to share the experience!
- For those with physical disabilities:
If you would like to join us for a sail, please contact us to make sure we will be able to accommodate you safely. We can arrange assistance in getting to the dock, getting on or off the boat, but we do require that you have the ability to safely keep yourself seated once on the boat.