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Good Jibes with Nicki Bennett and Eric Jones of Sea Valor

Welcome to Good Jibes Episode #36! This week’s host, Nicki Bennett, is joined by Eric Jones to talk about the beautiful healing power of spending some time on the water. Eric is a 9/11 first responder who received the Medal of Valor from the Department of Defense for his heroic efforts at the Pentagon and Ground Zero.

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At minute 27:54, hear about some of Sea Valor’s success stories.
© 2022 Eric Jones

In 2019, Eric founded Sea Valor, a nonprofit that uses sailing to help improve the quality of life for those with PTSD, underprivileged youth, and local heroes. Hear why sailing is therapeutic and brings people together, about the impact it has on depression and stress, why there’s no shame in experiencing trauma, and success stories from Sea Valor.

This episode covers everything from sailing therapy to starting a nonprofit. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • How much did Eric sail when he started Sea Valor?
  • What did starting the organization look like?
  • How many boats does it have now?
  • What impact has it had on the community?
  • How is it funded?
  • Where do they need volunteers most?
  • What are some success stories?
  • Short Tacks: What’s Eric’s bucket-list sailing trip?

Get involved and give back to Sea Valor at

Read about a recent local search and rescue organized by Sea Valor and various supporting agencies.



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