The Meadows Center’s Operation SCUBA initiative gives student veterans an opportunity to earn an open water dive certification and learn about education, team building, therapeutic resources and environmental stewardship at Spring Lake. The course integrates scuba diving and mental wellness techniques as a way for veterans to bond with others, develop a sense of purpose, and most importantly, receive support from their peers.
Operation SCUBA offers the following benefits to participants:
Education. Veterans learn skills necessary to earn open water dive certification and are exposed to educational and professional development.
Team Building. During the diving training and activities, participants will develop skills necessary to successfully transition from military deployment to civilian and academic life.
Therapy. Military Veteran Peer Network counselors and staff guide participants through therapeutic curriculum to increase awareness about and access to existing mental health services.
Maintenance. Program alumni will continue to meet, support one another, and maintain their gains. There will be leadership and peer support opportunities for veterans to give back and continue to gain a sense of purpose and leadership. Additionally, alumni will have access to ongoing events, diving activities, peer support, and professional mental health services.
Operation SCUBA is partnered with: Texas State University School of Social Work, Texas State University Recreation Therapy Program, Military Veteran Peer Network, The Dive Shop (San Marcos), Duggan Dive Shop (San Antonio), Project Cohort, Project Rebirth, Halcyon Dive Systems, REI, and Ewing Halsell Foundation.