As a 501c3 non-profit, we have a collective passion to provide Blue Mind experiences, outings and events for first responders, front line workers, veterans, individuals, and agencies to intentionally utilize the scientifically-validated therapeutic benefits of being in, near, and on the water for positive mental, emotional and physical wellness impact where #waterismedicine.

“Science shows that being near, in, on or under water can provide a long list of benefits for our mind and body, including lowering stress and anxiety, increasing an overall sense of well-being and happiness, help treat and manage PTSD, addiction, anxiety disorders, autism and more.”

Wallace J. Nichols, Author – Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

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We have spent a lifetime devoted to taking individuals and groups into nature and on the water. At first it was organic, with no science to support it – we just knew taking friends and peers out paddling, boating, surfing or on the trail made them feel better, recalibrated, stress-released. 

Then, when we lost of two our own, StarFlight nurse Kristin McLain, to a flight rescue incident, and Senior Deputy, Jessica Hollis, to a flood incident, we were suddenly surrounded by first responders dealing with loss, anxiety and trauma, asking us to take them to the water. 

A collaborative relationship with Wallace J. Nichols and the science and understanding of Blue Mind resulted, and since then we have shared the science and unlocking power of being in, near or on the water with first responders, veterans, women, foster children, struggling youth, and individuals battling illness or grief – all who continue to share with us amazing testimonies of how #waterismedicine in their lives.

Our goal is to continue to inspire and empower others to intentionally use the healing and unlocking properties of nature and water as an asset in their mental and emotional wellness toolbox.


OGO Wakesurf Event ATX

Date: May 21, 2021
Location: Lake Austin, TX

Giving back to first responders and veterans with a full day of wakesurfing on beautiful Lake Austin! (Co-ed event)

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OGO Get Out Girl Day On The Lake

Date: May 20, 2021
Location: Lake Austin, TX

A small group experience for female first responders, nurses and veterans: Morning paddle, lunch, and wakesurfing!

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Salute 2 Service Hero Event North Carolina

Date: June 1-3, 2021
Location: North Carolina

Honoring our heroes with a Blue Mind wakesurfing retreat!

OGO Get Out Girl Black Women Who Kayak Wakesurf Outing

Date: June 2021
Location: Lake Austin, TX

Empowering African American mothers and daughters to find their Blue Mind through a day of wakesurfing!

2021 Get Out Girl Surf & Paddle Jam Weekend

Date: Fall 2021
Location: Lake Austin, TX

Planning to be back in full force with our traditional Surf, Paddle & Finisher’s Party Event in Fall 2021!

Camaraderie, inspiration, and empowerment with amazing like-minded women paddling in memory and honor of Travis County first responders Kristin McLain & Jessica Hollis. All proceeds benefit Blue Mind experiences and equipment for front-line workers, veterans, and agencies through Operation Get Out, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Fall 2021 dates coming soon!

Operation Get Out has opened my eyes and taught me how important it is to take care of myself.  It has taught me how important it is to say I’m not ok and to find help and healing through therapy and most important, to me, my blue mind!

– Law Enforcement Deputy

Time on the water relieves my stress and troubles as the waves of peace and serenity wash over my soul, leaving me more centered, confident, and connected.

– ER Nurse


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Blue Mind is at the heart of our organization. Marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols wrote a best seller about the remarkable effects of water in all of its shapes and forms on our health and well-being. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Look for our Blue Mind events coming soon. A $30 donation includes signed copy of Blue Mind book, Operation Get Out #LetTheWaterMoveYou silicone bracelet, Blue Marble talisman, and shipping.

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