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:
"The ocean has given me so much, and I spend every day I can in the water. It has this healing effect for the mind, body and soul. When I paddle out to sea and I'm in that water, all the negativity in the world is left on the sand". - Frosty
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Jamie Paul - Advanced Care Paramedic, Queensland Ambulance Service with 20years experience. Other than his family, Jamie loves nothing more than the ocean, he is passionate about everything to do with ocean paddling, and cannot live without his Prone Paddleboard. In 2015 Jamie founded the Gold Coast Prone Paddleboard Club, now the Gold Coast Ocean Paddlers Club. Jamie is also the Event Coordinator for the Gold Coast Classic Race.
Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase, M.A., PhD - Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. – Board Member, Programming & Grants Director
Bruckner Chase: Ocean Advocate & Endurance Waterman, Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. - Founder/CEO
A 501c3 Foundation
Chris Faneco (Frosty) - Workplace Health and Safety Specialist, City of Gold Coast. Currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Growing up on the Gold Coast, Chris lives and breathes the ocean. Out of the water, he spends his time with is beautiful partner Emma and volunteering with local charities. Chris's most recent endeavor saw him paddle over 100km on a prone paddleboard to cross the Bass Strait raising over $40,000.00. However, the trip came to an end after spending over a week on a secluded island due to severe weather. Chris plans to one day complete the full crossing and hopes to do it for Blue Journey Australia.
2019 Gold Coast Group Sessions
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Currumbin Creek, Gold Coast, AUS; Saturdays: 12 Jan, 23 Feb, 23 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May, 19 Oct, 16 Nov, 14 Dec
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