Heading out for a recreational night dive…
Once everyone was comfortable in their gear, had their weights set, and had eaten lunch, we headed to the boats! Everyone had a great time getting used to diving again.
Why do we go out on recreational dives before doing research?
The research team needs the guys (and gals some years) to be comfortable enough in their equipment and underwater that they aren’t thinking about diving. They need to focus on the tasks given to them by the prosthetist. The research is very hard on them, so getting their diving skills fine tuned or fired up again, is helpful to the collection of data.
Briefing on upcoming coral restoration mission
Here we go!
Most of our combat wounded and injured team arrived on Sunday to get situated in their rooms, get their gear assigned to them, and attend the briefing explaining our objectives and mission. There are a lot of moving parts, so keeping everyone on track, and understanding that this is going to be a very very busy week, is important.
On Monday morning, we all headed to the pool to make sure the gear that was assigned was working, it fit, and everyone’s weights were good for them. Buddies were helping get each other acclimated to their BC, regulator, mask, fins and snorkels.
Over the next week, we will be pushing these guys to collect data that will help future generations of amputees, and those effected by a TBI/PTS.
Day one is always a slow stream of participants flowing into the facility we use for our challenge. People were getting checked-in, unpacked, saying hi to old friends, and meeting new ones. Our first scheduled “event” was dinner at Geiger Marina. After traveling all day (some drove days from places like Massachusetts and North Carolina), it was nice to finally be in the Keys.
The real-time account of this challenge took place on Facebook. Due to internet and time constraints, we weren’t able to write and post on the website at the same time. We’ll be going over the entire trip here and sharing some pictures as we get them uploaded to the site.