Each year the folk over at Aquapac pick an individual who they feel deserves a lot more public recognition. Somebody – anywhere in the world – who has devoted their life to making the world a better place for others.
These champions are all active in the outdoors in some way or other. This years champion is Deena Hoagland.
Deena founded Island Dolphin Care 17 years ago. It’s a charity that aims to help children with special needs, children at risk, and also wounded veterans. Through activities centred around dolphin-human therapy, those in need reclaim hope, shed stress, and find inspiration.
The dolphins themselves live in ocean water in a basin in the Key Largo canals – not within the restrictions of a pool.
Deena came across dolphin therapy in the treatment of her own critically ill child. She found the friendship of dolphins provided her with the answers to help her son, which led her to create the Island Dolphin Care facility. This spacious, multifunction centre provides full accessibility to unique activity spaces, a dolphin human therapy area, sensory garden and touch tank.
Deena will be getting a $1500 cash award, plus at least $1000-worth of Aquapac products which will be used to aid treatments in and around the pools.
Both therapists and dolphin trainers will use the Aquapac waterproof cases whilst tracking and recording information on iPads while in the water. They are implementing a number of new test therapies which involve adding sound elements to the water experience which means the iPod/iPhone cases, together with Aquapac’s 100%-waterproof earphones, will be really useful.
Tim Turnbull, CEO of Aquapac says “Deena is a very worthy recipient of our award and we’re delighted to have her as our 2015 champion. Her story is truly inspirational and epitomises what our initiative stands for – celebrating people who strive to help others to connect with the great outdoors.”