As a 501c3 non-profit, we have a collective passion to provide Blue Mind experiences, outings and events for first responders, front line workers, military, veterans, surviving families, 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 in, near or on the 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 PTS, addiction, anxiety depression, 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

Team OGO

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 two of our own within six months of each other, both Travis County female first responders, 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 and others dealing with loss, anxiety, depression and trauma, asking us to take them to the water, just as Kristin and Jessica used the water for their own respite and release.

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 the water has moved, unlocked, and refreshed them. 

Our hope and desire 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.

Events

Get Out Girl Surf & Paddle Jam Weekend

Date: September 25-26, 2021
Location: Lake Austin, TX

An all-female weekend sharing #bluemindsisterhood! Wakesurf Saturday, Paddle Jam Sunday and weekend after party with food, DJ Coy, Boss Jaguar Surf Band, silent and live auctions with family and friends!

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.

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

I cannot thank y’all enough for allowing me to join you on the water yesterday; after a year caring for COVID patients and caring for my own children during the pandemic, the water was exactly what I needed to help let it all go. This is an amazing organization!

– ER Nurse

Resources

Blue Mind Bundle - $30

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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