Blue Journey Unified Programs (BJUP) offer people living with SCI in pool training (swimming and prone paddleboarding) in the winter and open-water prone paddleboarding in the summer. In prone paddleboarding participants lie down face first on a lifeguard racing board-style craft and move through the water using their hands and arms. The sport provides a unique opportunity for people with SCI to participate in an athletic/recreational activity with minimal need for special equipment or accommodation. When people with and without SCI paddle next to each other it is virtually impossible to discern who arrived at the beach in a wheelchair.
To do all this, BJUP creates communities of people with and without SCI that come together on a regular basis to train and socialize. This sustainable, ongoing program focus creates opportunities for people with SCI to paddle with friends and family for recreation and/or athletic training and competition in both adaptive and non-adaptive sports events. Swimming and paddleboarding can increase physical and emotional well-being and ameliorate secondary conditions commonly experienced by people with SCI, including poor posture, muscle imbalances, compromised skin integrity, decreased cardio-vascular and pulmonary health, and muscle spasticity.
Blue Journey Unified Paddleboarding’s innovative program:
Measurable goals for BJUP include:
"I mean the feeling of being out on the water, and I've said it before there's no chairs, no disability. It's like I can kick your ass next to me and you are standing up paddling. I'm just laying down prone. Let's have a race." -Luke
Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. – Board Member, Programming & Grants Director
Ocean Advocate & Endurance Waterman, Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Founder/CEO
PT, Spinal Injury Specialist - Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital