Paddling puts you in a good headspace, as any avid boater can attest. For military veterans in particular, learning to paddle whitewater can be life-altering.
“I’ve had combat veterans say that it’s the first thing they did since combat that replicated combat,” said Joe Mornini, the executive director of Team River Runner, a national organization that teaches paddling skills and provides paddling experiences for military veterans. “It’s dangerous, you can train to get better at it, it’s continuous, and it’s relentless. And you can do it with a buddy.”