We feel privileged to be in service to our heroes who continually keep our community safe
How We Serve First Responders
Law Enforcement Officers, EMT’s, Paramedics, and Firefighters are the first to arrive on the scene of accidents, natural disasters, or crimes. They are our first lifeline and may experience the stress and trauma that comes along with that role.
We know that recurring kayak fishing and outdoor experiences have compound benefits and we encourage participants to make repeat visits. We provide the foundation for our volunteer-led chapters to organize as many events as possible based on geography and climate.
Our dedicated volunteers understand the importance of continually supporting the community through regularly scheduled events and they make every effort to continue events even when the weather may not permit kayak fishing. Our kayaking and outdoor events are open to all first responders and their families.
A Supportive First Responder Community – Read Their Stories
Stepping Between the Good and the Bad
Scott Null is a retired police officer who unknowingly spent years coping with Post Traumatic Stress. He and his wife Camille spoke to HOW about the ways that the outdoors, including kayak fishing, can provide healing to first responders.
Understanding Cumulative Post Traumatic Stress – One Police Officer’s Journey to Heal
“There's a difference between post-traumatic stress experienced by many veterans and that experienced by first responders. With law enforcement, it’s a culmination of many incidents, known as cumulative PTSD,” Libertini says.
My Daughter is my Hero
“I think many people take for granted that the freedom and liberties we have are because of those members of the military we have standing behind us. It’s something I’ve always been drawn to supporting. Now, my daughter and son-in-law both serve it has become even more important to me.” Baxter-Clark says.