Finding mental and physical wellness through nature and water.

OpGetOut was founded to provide the experiences and resources people need to intentionally utilize nature and water for positive mental and physical wellness.

Who We Are

OpGetOut is a 501c3 nonprofit with deep roots and connections in the wellness, water, military, first responder, medical and philanthropic world. What began organically — providing individuals and groups opportunities to Get Out — is now an intentional, purposeful organization.

We plan and execute intentional experiences, events and outings that utilize evidence-based science: nature and water can be a powerful therapeutic benefit to assist individuals and agencies dealing with loss, PTS, anxiety, grief and stress.

We witness the powerful unlocking and resetting that takes place when individuals are given the opportunity and tools to be empowered with the healing elements of nature and water.


Our events bring the community together to experience nature and discover wellness. Paddleboarding to cycling, yoga to wakesurfing, find an event and register to Get Out with us and experience wellness in the great outdoors.

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We function solely on donations and sponsorships which go directly to supporting outings, equipment, events and resources for individuals and agencies to learn how to benefit from nature and water as a validated wellness tool.

Our Story

It started out of a love of the outdoors and a need to heal.

We have devoted our lives to bringing individuals and groups into nature and onto the water. But when we lost two of our own within six months of each other, StarFlight nurse Kristin McLain and Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis, both Travis County first responders, were suddenly surrounded by others dealing with loss, anxiety, depression and trauma. They turned to us for nature, water and healing — asking us to help them heal through some of the same activities Kristin and Jessica used for their own respite.

Then we looked to science to validate what we were seeing.

A pursuit of the science and validation behind nature and water as medicine began, including guidance and partnerships with Wallace J. Nichols and the science of Blue Mind; the Global Wellness Institute; International Surf Therapy Organization; peer support advisors; and mental wellness counselors. OpGetOut is committed to helping others be intentional in using nature and water as a powerful tool for positive mental and emotional wellness impact.

We help those in need

We have worked with first responders, military, women, foster children, struggling youth, and individuals battling illness, grief, loss, PTS, anxiety and depression – all who continue to share amazing testimonies of how nature and water has moved, unlocked, and refreshed them.

Operation Get Out has opened my eyes and taught me how important it is to take care of myself. It has taught me how important it is to say I’m not ok and to find help and healing through therapy and most important, to me, my blue mind!

Law Enforcement Deputy

I cannot thank y’all enough for allowing me to join you on the water yesterday; after a year caring for COVID patients and caring for my own children during the pandemic, the water was exactly what I needed to help let it all go. This is an amazing organization!

ER Nurse

Meet the team

Cindy Present

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Jason Simmons

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Jen Allis

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Martha B. Marshall, M.A., LPC

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Ricky Hollis

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Shelby Hollis

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Steve Present

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Winston Merrill

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Upcoming Events

May 3 - 7, 2023

Boat, Bike & Board Weekend, Gran Fondo Hincapie

Introducing our first of five collaborative weekends with Hincapie Sports, Centurion Boats, Ventum Bikes, Ski Dock and Blue Surf - a destination Get Out for first responders, military, front line workers and/or caregivers. Merced's event will include use of custom Ventum bike for training and event plus:

  • Wednesday: Travel day

  • Thursday: Boat & Board Day sponsored by Centurion Boats & BluSurf

  • Friday: Gran Fondo Expo, Ventum bike fit, and paddleboard outing

  • Saturday: Complimentary entry to Gran Fondo Bike Event, After party and Festival.

  • Sunday: Travel day

Location: Chattanooga, TN

September 16 - 17, 2023

Get Out Girl Surf & Paddle Jam Weekend

An all-female weekend sharing #bluemindsisterhood! Wakesurf Saturday, Paddle Jam Sunday and weekend after party with food, DJ Coy, Boss Jaguar Surf Band, silent and live auctions with family and friends!

Camaraderie, inspiration, and empowerment with amazing like-minded women paddling in memory and honor of Travis County first responders Kristin McLain & Jessica Hollis. All proceeds provide nature and water events, experiences and equipment for front-line workers, military, nurses, surviving family and agencies through Operation Get Out, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Location: Lake Austin, TX

October 6 - 8, 2023

OpGetOut First Responder & Military Retreat

A weekend retreat providing nature and water experiences with boating, wake surfing, lakeside yoga, and paddleboarding, good food and good music for front line responders and military at the beautiful Canyon Lakeview Resort, Canyon Lake, Texas. Donations and sponsorships fully fund participants' registration. To request complimentary registration or receive further information, email

Location: Canyon Lake, TX

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