The Ocean Is Our Way of Life
Deep Blue Dive Therapy Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Active-Duty service members, Veterans & First Responders suffering from PTSD by introducing them to the amazing underwater world of scuba diving.
We are a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Private Foundation and we are committed to serving those who serve or served.
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 11–20 out of every 100 Gulf War veterans suffer PTSD in any given year. PTSD causes individuals to have a negative outlook on life, with thoughts of self-destructive behavior and other trauma related symptoms. Through our organization’s mission, we will be working with veterans, service members and first responders to reduce and eliminate these PTSD symptoms and create an outlet for their rage, trauma, or stress. We aim at giving veterans and service members a new certified skill while at the same time relieving them of PTSD and giving them better mental and physical outlook in life.
Our goal is to assist participants in locating partnered dive shops for training. Then accompany us on actual scuba diving excursions. Costs covered by donation include, but are not limited to, scuba training, scuba diving excursions, boat and scuba gear rentals. Fees covered by donations do not include travel cost/fees.
So, join us in bringing scuba diving and all the wonderful experiences it can bring to PTSD sufferers by making a tax-deductible donation today!
Meet Our Founder
Founder and Divemaster
PADI NO. 459776
Mr. Larry Wilson is a Service-Connected Disabled Veteran who served honorably as a United States Marine for eight years, serving during Operations Desert Shield/Storm.
He also served over 12 years as a P.O.S.T. Certified Police Officer and has 1755 of varied law enforcement training hours, some of which includes active shooter, electronic and physical surveillance training. The last three years of police service were as an Undercover Narcotics Agent in the metro Atlanta, GA, area.
Wilson has over 13 years combined experience working as an International Police Advisor, Embedded Police Mentor and as a Personal Protective Specialist, Tactical Commander, Shift Lead and a Detail Lead for the U.S. Department of State conducting diplomatic security operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Central Africa, Somalia and in Jordan.
Larry also has multiple scuba diving certifications to include Basic Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Nitrox (enriched air), Rescue Diver & Divemaster.
Larry has visited some amazing dive location like, the Galapagos Islands, Mykonos, Greece, Malta, Cozumel and the Red Sea. He has also experienced a dive with the Whaleshark in the Georgia Aquarium.