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Building Community & Connecting Everyone to our Oceans

Connecting Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries/Disease to our Oceans and Ocean Communities

Blue Journey Unified offers people living with SCI/D ongoing opportunities to join those with and without physical challenges for 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/D to participate in an athletic/recreational activity with minimal need for special equipment or accommodation. When people with and without SCI/D paddle next to each other it is virtually impossible to discern who arrived at the beach in a wheelchair. 

To do this, BJUP creates communities of people with and without SCI/D that come together on a regular basis to train and socialize. The ideal program offers sessions in the open water and/or pool on a weekly basis with the intent that more advanced athletes with SCI/D will form friendships with others in the community to enable more training sessions that are one on one or smaller groups. This sustainable, ongoing program focus creates opportunities for people with SCI/D to paddle with friends and family for recreation as well as 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/D, including poor posture, muscle imbalances, compromised skin integrity, decreased cardio-vascular and pulmonary health, and muscle spasticity.

Blue Journey Unified Paddleboarding’s innovative program:

  • Brings together a community of athletes and professionals in sustainable partnerships
  • Offers weekly (or regularly scheduled, on-going sessions based on the available resources) opportunities for those with SCI/D to train in the open water or pool environment as prone paddleboards and/or swimmers
  • Provides people with SCI/D the opportunity to train and paddle recreationally alongside non-SCI/D friends and family and compete athletically in both adaptive and non-adaptive community sports events
  • Provides an activity that increases flexibility as a result of the unique prone position, sense of balance from the work involved in staying on the board, and endurance, cardiovascular health, strength, and resulting mobility from the regular physical activity. 

Blue Ocean Partners & Social Impact Friends

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Opportunities

Summer Open Water Prone Paddleboarding

Summer Open Water Prone Paddleboarding

Summer Open Water Prone Paddleboarding

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Sunday afternoons from 5:00 - 6:30 PM at Beesley's Point Beach, Summers from early June to mid-September

Advanced registration required.

FREE

Year-Around Pool Sessions

Summer Open Water Prone Paddleboarding

Summer Open Water Prone Paddleboarding

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Tuesday evenings from 8:30 - 9:30 PM at the Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center throughout the year.

Advanced registration required.

PLEASE

Athletes wishing to take part must contact Bruckner via voice or text by 12:00 PM on Monday at 831-345-9550

FREE

Races & Events

Summer Open Water Prone Paddleboarding

Races & Events

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For those who want to test their limits in the natural waters around us and become part of an inspiring competitive ocean athlete community racing side by side and head to head against those with and without physical challenges.

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Blue Journey Unified South Jersey Paddling Home

9 Harbor Road, Marmora, New Jersey 08223, United States

(831) 345-9550

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Supporting Partners

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