|10th Brac-ing Trip – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
10 YEARS IN THE MAKING! Our 10th anniversary trip, we pirates took 11 recipients to our pirate lair, The Brac Reef Beach Resort, to spend an incredible week diving with Reef Divers II. Six of our recipients were injured veterans, four of which injured in combat. Others on the trip suffered accidents or disease causing limited mobility, including rheumatoid arthritis and MS. Seven other past recipients also joined the trip to enjoy the week of comradery, flag stealing, and breath-taking serenity of the Reef both above and below.
June 2013 “We’re Brac” – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
This was a very moving trip, with 8 recipients, many of whom had challenging recoveries after difficult deployments. Their stories and drive to celebrate life after injury truly inspired the 80-plus trip-goers on another beautiful trip to Cayman Brac.
June 2012 “Brac for More” – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
This trip was off the hook from the beginning, selling out in 3 days. We had a waiting list that was growing by the minute, past recipients and members just had to be part of the annual pirate fun. Our 8th trip, with 8 great recipients and another 10 returning, was a heart-warming experience for all… captured well by professional photographer and Dive Pirate Curtis DeGidio.
June 2011 – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
The 7th Annual trip celebrated life after injury for 10 classified recipients, and another ten returning recipients on the largest trip yet. The trip included many firsts… the first blind diver, the first Miss Dive Pirates Competition, the Deep Dive Challenge, the first underwater photo with all boat signs. But some things don’t change, they just get better: the diving, the fun, the camaraderie, the smiles when first experiencing the Caribbean, the underwater critters. We thank our classifieds who trust us to put gear on their backs to enjoy another dimension of God’s creation. Hear about it from our new recipients, the stars of this video.
June 2010 – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Dive Pirates say “Its good to be Brac” and headed to the Caymans for our annual event with 82 travelers, 9 new classified students and six returning Classified Divers from previous trips. Brac Reef Beach Resort hosted our motley crew, and Reef Divers II operated 5 boats for the week of diving. This year the group learned underwater photography with David Haas, Rogest designed our unique shirt for the week, and every volunteer received a gold “piece of eight” for their service and commitment to the organization. Our success is possible through the generous donations of time, talent and treasure with a special thank you to SSI, the Tibbetts family and all the staff of Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II
June 2009 – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Neither a massive hurricane named Paloma that hit Cayman Brac in November 2008 nor the global recession would keep the Dive Pirates from enjoying the beautiful island and turquoise sea as the first tourists since the storm. Brac Reef Beach Resort hosted 63 travelers, with 58 divers, 12 new students and 2 returning Classified Divers, to go diving with Reef Divers II. This year’s trip, coined “Out Brac – Pirates Down Under” had an uniquely designed shirt by Rogest, and was made possible by the generous donations at our annual Pirates’ Ball, ABB Grant, SSI, as well as contributions from new chapters across the country. The Tibbetts family continued their commitment of fully supporting the foundation through the organization and final logistics of the trip.
June 2008 – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Dive Pirates was once again warmly welcomed to Brac Reef Beach Resort, Cayman Brac with 46 divers, 6 new students, 3 returning Classified Divers along with 5 non-divers for a total of 51 travelers to go diving with Reef Divers II. There were many fun activities planned on this trip as well as the closing awards banquet honoring all of our new diving graduates. Dive Pirates has already planned next year’s trip for June 20-27, 2009 and has booked the entire resort, which holds 80 persons, along with 5 dive boats to support the divers.
June 2007 – Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Dive Pirates took 27 divers including 3 new students, 3 returning Classified Divers plus 9 non-diver supporters to the Brac Reef Beach resort and dove with Reef Divers II. During the trip, 6 of the staff of Reef Divers were trained as Classified Instructors in order to make Reef Divers II a SSI Universal Referral Site for Classified Divers. Brac Reef Beach Resort, based on the enthusiasm and success of the trip, has committed to upgrading 3 rooms to full US ADA standards.
June 2006-Stuart Cove Diving, Nassau, Bahamas.
Dive Pirates was asked to join the Cody Unser 2nd Great Scuba Adventure, which was sponsored by the Christopher Reeve Association. Eight Classified Divers from throughout the US were joined by their buddies, instructors and a strong group of other divers and supporters for a 5 day trip that included wreck diving and shark feeding. The trip had 61 travelers, 46 divers, 8 Classified Divers and used 3 dive boats. The trip was successful because of lots of hard work by the staff of Stuart Cove and the participants on the trip.
|June 2005-Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands.
4 recipients were taken for a week to this terrific dive destination along with 10 other mainstream divers and supporters. After witnessing the success of our Classified Divers and our program, Brac Reef and Reef Divers asked to be the exclusive dive resort for Dive Pirates. The accommodations and boats are ideally suited for amputees and wheel chairs. Dive Pirates agreed, and Brac Reef began specific marketing campaigns to publicize our cooperation