Hey KGBERS, it's back! The Heroes on the Water Event on June 1st!

WHERE:Coronado Tidelands Park 2000 Mullinex Drive San Diego, CA 92016 WHEN: 6A-1P

This is an amazing event for our wounded military and you can get registered right here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heroes-on-the-water-socal-chapter-tidelands-park-registration-32877766284?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


The Southern California Chapter of Heroes On The Water welcomes you to the 2018 season! We look forward to getting to know you and sharing some memorable times out on the water. Please read the rules as they contain pertinent information and will assist us in helping you. Thank you!


Volunteers, please arrive between 6 and 6:30am.

Heroes, please arrive no later than 7:15am.


  • HOW events are ALCOHOL FREE.
  • BE ON TIME.  There is a mandatory safety briefing at 7:45. The sooner you arrive, the more time you get to spend on the water!
  • Vets/guests are to remain with their mentor for the duration of their time on the water.
  • You MUST wear your PFD the entire time you are out in a kayak. This is non negotiable for guests and volunteers alike.
  • You are ONLY guaranteed a seat by selecting an available ticket.
  • IMPORTANT: If an unforseen circumstance arises and you will not be present, please UNREGISTER your seat by contacting Becky Westlund at 760-877-5221 / beckywestlund@yahoo.com, or Mike Weist at socal@heroesonthewater.org. There are other waitlisted "Heroes" who can benefit from that seat and volunteers who have given their time to support our “Heroes”
  • As a courtesy to other guests when registering, please select no more than 2 TICKETS per individual. If you would like more seats, please contact Becky or Mike.
  • Tandem kayaks are for individuals that require assistance while paddling, those with small children, or those with service animals. Please call before selecting a tandem kayak and we will work together to decide the best option for your individual situation.
  • An event will not be cancelled due to rain in the forecast alone. If an event is going to be cancelled due to rain, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IN ADVANCE. We closely monitor the weather with YOUR SAFETY in mind.
  • Food will be provided ,but you are welcome to bring your own snacks/food/drinks if you have special needs/preferences.
  • Those who have signed up for previous events and "no showed", are kindly asked to refrain from the next consecutive event.

Please bring your families! Our volunteer staff at HOW SoCal loves to see the family having a great time with one another. Please remember that this event is meant to reach out and touch the lives of those who truly need the therapy that being on the water provides them.  

If you have any further questions, contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Becky Westlund, at 760-877-5221 / beckywestlund@yahoo.com or Chapter President, Mike Weist at socal@heroesonthewater.org

Here are a few things that might make you a little more comfortable while hanging out with us.

Beach Chair


Beach Towel



Have questions about Heroes on the Water SoCal Chapter: Tidelands Park? Contact SoCal Chapter

SoCal Chapter

Heroes On the Water (HOW) serves all military and emergency service personnel who have been wounded, injured or disabled. Mission Heroes On the Water’s mission is to help wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Over the past seven years of taking a few thousand men and women of all branches of the armed services out kayak fishing, we have learned firsthand the ‘triple therapy’ of kayak fishing – physical with paddling and fishing,...


To help warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.


Since being founded in 2007, Heroes on the Water has been organizing no-expense kayak fishing trips for active-duty military and veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their families. In 2018, we began serving first-responders and their families through the same proven ecotherapy. Heroes can reflect in solitude or connect in groups as they learn kayaking and kayak fishing basics.

Recurring activities give heroes and their families camaraderie and a lifelong social network with like-minded people. Plus, no experience or equipment is needed, and kayak fishing is adaptive to those with disabilities.


Heroes on the Water was a participant in a study conducted by Troy University. It was an 18-month study focused on alternative forms of therapy for individuals who were faced with traumatic experiences. The impact is significant:

  • Traumatic injuries now outnumber deaths as a result of modern medical advances
  • Global War on Terror warriors serve an average of 45 months in combat compared to 15 months/Vietnam War and 7 months/WW2
  • 300,000+ warriors have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); 320,000+ have Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); 31,902 have visible wounds, according to a 2009 Rand Study