Pints & Paddles

Team River Runner's
Pints & Paddles for A Cause

Team River Runner San Diego Chapter

Balboa Medical Center

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 The OASIS Program has developed a unique model of treatment incorporating evidenced based therapies and integrative treatment approaches.


The OASIS Program begins with a comprehensive two week intensive stabilization process by providing treatment focused solely on developing coping skills. Trauma therapy begins after that time to ensure patients are better able to tolerate distress.


Along with our highly trained and experienced treatment staff, integrative approaches are provided by experienced community volunteers specializing in various practices, offering a comprehensive program to treat mind and body. Current courses offered are yoga, meditation, spirituality, recreation therapy, and art therapy. In addition, OASIS patients provide valuable time giving back to the community through volunteerism and working with the Veteran communities. Upon stabilization, patients partake in therapeutic passes allowing in-vivo exposure to specific PTSD triggers and continuously working towards goals identified in treatment.

VA San Diego

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VA San Diego’s very active Recreation department maintains the local chapter for Team River Runner. They  hold training and practice sessions twice a month at Aqua Adventures on Mission Bay. 


The program is entirely volunteer-based, with certified instructors, safety boaters, and people skilled in such areas as physical therapy and occupational therapy. We run sessions that are class-focused training, and all veterans are welcome to participate. But don’t think the benefits of these sessions are limited to kayaking skills! We see a lot of support and friendships develop along the way, too.

The Aspire Center

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The ASPIRE Center is a 40-bed residential treatment facility designed to promote recovery in Veterans, particularly those who returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Center provides a safe, comfortable living environment.  Evidence-based, recovery-oriented treatment is provided to eligible male and female Veterans of all ages who desire to once again become fully independent and self-sufficient members of the community.  


At TRR we provide monthly paddles as a form of therapy for patients with TBI, PTSD, and alternative pain and medication management as well as a leisure activities/socialization group.