The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Ocean Therapy is an adaptive surfing program to assist individuals coping with mental and physical illness in accessing the ocean environment. The purpose of our program is to increase perceived self-efficacy in our participants, through engagement in physical activity in the ocean environment, specifically, the activity of surfing. Ocean Therapy Surf Sessions can be a one-time activity or ideally, an ongoing program where growth and healing can be seen and measured. In the past five years, the JMMF Ocean Therapy program has touched hundreds of children and adults, often with life changing results.
The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (“JMMF”) is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the life of our inspiration Jimmy Miller. The JMMF provides free of charge its unique program of Ocean Therapy to the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, as well as the Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from several care and shelter facilities for abused and foster children. The JMMF Ocean Therapy program for the Marines takes place year round on the beach at Camp Pendleton and the program for the Veterans and children operates on the beach at Manhattan Beach, CA, during the spring and summer months.
The JMMF Ocean Therapy program combines occupational and recreational therapies with the sport of surfing in the healing environment of the ocean. Ocean Therapy is proven to assist recovery and rehabilitation for those challenged by Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (“PTSD”,) traumatic brain injuries, and other emotional, mental and medical conditions. The JMMF team consists of professional occupational and psychological therapists, expert surf instructors, experienced water pros and lifeguards, and dedicated volunteers.
In the words of several wounded, ill and injured Marines and Veterans, “the Jimmy Miller Foundation’s Ocean Therapy saves lives.” Our dedicated professionals and volunteers can only continue to save lives and enhance recovery and rehabilitation with your generous help and support. Please visit the rest of our website for further details on the programs for the wounded warriors, Veterans, and abused children.