We look forward to getting you on the water as soon as we can.
Local commercial and private boat owners use their vessels to share the therapeutic effects of being out on the water. They are helping provide healing experiences for those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to be on a boat.
Our therapeutic programs take place year-round in Collier, Lee Broward and Palm Beach counties. In 2021, we had our first annual event on Lake Lanier , In Atlanta Georgia out of Port Royale Marina. And, in 2022, we had our first annual event on Lake Monroe, in Bloomington, Indiana , out Fourwinds Lakeside Inn and Marina.
We provide individual, small group and large group Weller Day Boat Outings to:
Children and adults with life threatening illnesses
Children and adults with disabilities
Veterans and active military
What Does It Cost?
Our programs are FREE. Thanks to the generosity of donors, volunteers and community partners, our programs are free to participants.
Enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans through providing therapeutic boat experiences.
This program takes place on the lake at Sugden Regional Park in Naples from October through April on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
Participants of the Adaptive Sailing Program are invited annually to participate is the Murdo Smith Adaptive Sailing Regatta.
To learn more, please contact the Freedom Waters Foundation office at 239-263-2377.
Murdo Smith Regatta
Anyone who participated in the Adaptive Sailing Program during the past year is invited to join us for our annual regatta, recently renamed the Murdo Smith Adaptive Sailing Regatta (formerly Shenanigan’s on the Lake).
Taking Care of those who’ve Taken Care of Us.
Freedom Waters Foundation provides boating and fishing opportunities for veterans and their family members, offering the opportunity to relax, leave their concerns on the dock and enjoy camaraderie with other veterans in a safe, enriching environment.
Veterans Programs take place year round in South Florida and expand to our annual events in Atlanta and in Indiana.. They include individual and small boat trips as well as our popular Veterans Meet-and-Greets aboard larger commercial vessels.
Naples, Florida Fishing Tournaments for At-risk Youth
Fishing mentors are partnered with teens, offering the opportunity for these at-risk youths to enhance their life skills through the sport of fishing.
Heels and Reels Fishing Tournament – Female fishing mentors work with teen girls.
Buoys and Bait Fishing Tournament – Male fishing mentors work with teen boys.
Fishing mentors are needed during these annual events. Please fill out our Volunteer Application and share your love of fishing.
Freedom Waters Foundation was founded in March 2006 by our current Executive Director, Debra Frenkel, a licensed clinical social worker, and yacht broker John Weller, who both still serve on our Board of Directors.
Debby has been involved with disabled sailing since 1999 and knew John through her previous employer. John is a six-time cancer survivor and fellow humanitarian who encouraged Debby to form her own non-profit organization.
What’s in a Name
When selecting a name for the venture, Debby consulted a good friend who has paraplegia and is a top-notch sailor. She asked him what called him to the water. He said, “the freedom.” Thus, the name Freedom Waters Foundation -- which also incorporates an F for Frenkel and W for Weller.
Who We Serve
Originally focused on serving children with cancer, Freedom Waters Foundation has expanded to meet the needs of children and adults with life threatening illnesses and disabilities, at-risk youth as well as veterans.
We operate in Collier, Lee, Palm Beach and Broward counties of Florida.