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Wounded Warriors to Dive at National Aquarium


On Sunday, June 24 a group of wounded soldiers will join National Aquarium divers in the Wings in the Water and Atlantic Coral Reef exhibits. The soldiers have been participating in Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS), a nonprofit program designed to help improve the lives of injured soldiers through diving. Training soldiers in such a challenging and rewarding activity can help facilitate the rehabilitation process and promote mobility.

Each diver will be accompanied in the water by National Aquarium dive professionals. The soldiers will be taught the basics of Aquarium diving and safety procedures before they dive in the exhibits with more than 50 species of fish, rays, sharks and more.

This is not the first time National Aquarium has welcomed wounded soldiers to dive. Last summer, the visiting soldiers bonded with Calypso, the 400-lb green sea turtle who also happens to be an amputee.

Wounded Warriors will be SCUBA diving in the Wings in the Water and
Atlantic Coral Reef exhibits at National Aquarium.

Wounded Warriors participating in Soldiers Undertaking Disabled SCUBA
  at Walter Reed National Military MedicalCenter (WRNMMC)
Sunday, June 24, 2012

National Aquarium
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Media Opps:
Interview soldiers participating
Interview National Aquarium representatives
B-roll or photos of the dive
Photos available upon request (from 2011 dive)

On-site media contact:
Kate Hendrickson, cell: 856.630.5545