Rowing for Reasons

The time has come to spell out the purposed trip, here we go.  This is taken from our fundraiser page, you can make a contribution or simply share the page (just as helpful!) here; 

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My name is Aaron Carotta, known to some as ‘Adventure Aaron’ after I set out to live life to the fullest, diagnosed with cancer in 2008. Almost a decade later, I am now embarking on my biggest expedition as a professional adventurer thus far. My efforts are with the hopes it leaves as positive of a footprint in this world, as the beauty it gave me, to SEE the light it can give others as well. In 2008, I began a full-time career doing adventures thru 80 countries, paying forward to the best of my abilities, and sharing it to the platforms that allowed me to reach over 120 million household homes.  I recently completed an expedition in a Canoe, paddling for over 5,000 miles for 233 days, which allowed me to ‘Find The Current’ in life. It was one of a few of my previous expeditions and really set the bar for me to continue on, full-time.  Now it’s an effort to ‘Balance the Current’ in life, others seem to seek as well. While I am only a 1 man effort, I still keep trying to grow and align with companies and organizations correctly and ethically, achieving bigger efforts more people can do.


‘Balancing the Current’ in life means to me, seeking the support each homo sapien species needs on an individual level. I believe this is often achieved by unconventional efforts that are represented in the following organization, to say the least. Your donations will be provided directly to the cause of your choice while allowing my ambassador efforts to row on. Specifically, I have chosen the few that I feel a personal connection to, based on my conversations over the years with all walks of life. 


By choosing to donate, 50 percent of all funds will go to one of the organizations we have listed while the other 50 percent will support the mammoth task I have dedicated the next 5 years of my life to, alone. Charities will consist of 3-4 selected charities with the current goal that may expand or be replaced once goals and timelines are achieved.  


Part of my understanding of the wild stems from natives’ knowledge and habit.  This is well represented and advocated for here;

AMAZON CONSERVATION- “ The Amazon is essential for the health of our planet and for our survival as a species. As guardians of the most iconic forest on the planet, we bring together the power of science and technology, traditional knowledge of local peoples, and the support of everyday people like you to create innovative conservation solutions that balance the needs of people and nature.”



How does one remove PTSD moments of investigative media, tackle fears of the great Oceans, attempt something with no previous experience that no human has ever done before, and take on seasickness?  Well, that’s a bigger story better validated in time with a Tim Ferriss interview.  For now, with the above conservation in mind, organizations like this are leading the studies in cures for PTSD and more.  I accidentally found myself in a deep dive over the last few years, seeking a better understanding for cures I believe only roots can reset.  This organization is making strides and I am more than excited to connect many with their work seen here;

MAPS CANADA-  “Working with partners in government, business, and community, MAPS Canada positions itself as the leading resource in the field of psychedelic medicine through multi-disciplinary research, public education, and the training of psychedelic therapists.”






To get others inspired and involved, here are a few specifics that 50 percent will go to from all donations in support of ‘SEE LEVEL’ working under the tax id #86-3101809 represented under ‘Adventure Aaron Media’

1- Boat Needs- My new friend, ‘Smiles’ got her name after I heard a Dale Carnegie audible. Explaining that at birth, the smile represented happiness on a global level from babies to now adults. It is also a light-hearted approach to taking on something that would otherwise make many cries. Like the simplistic human-powered minimalistic effort of rowing a boat, there will be encounters with many different cultures that may not speak the same form of communication I do, and with the help of a smile, perhaps even the said pirates, will SEE the light, one had when coming into the world, to begin with. I am also am of the current age that has been weathered a bit and generally makes the best of what options one gets, living in the now, learning to make it all work. The boat was formally known as the honey badger and for reasons unclear to me was abandoned and donated to the wonderful Vancouver Maritime Museum, where it sat a bit unused for life. With the help of boots on the ground team member, Chris Martin from New Ocean Wave, the Museum was able to grant me ‘As Is’ access and use with a flexible finance option. These current repairs and finance cost seem to be around 30,000 USD which includes but not limited to; 

A- Desalinator. The vessel was acquired with a bit of water inside from the hatched being left open. Repair is used to replace the electrical and service it to provide me drinking water this will remove the salt from the water while at sea for Ocean crossing that can be up to 300 days at a time. 

B- Steel Oar Riggers. Previously aluminum broke during training. They hold the massive 10 ft oars in place and are one of the only ways to move safely in the water. A local fabricator has made two of them for me at 75 dollars each, a total of 6 is recommended. They will be in place with four on the vessel at all times to accommodate multiple rowing positions.

C- Updated Solar Panels. Originally installed in 2013 with the vessel, the efficiency is limited to about 15 percent with the dated film on them. There are a total of 7 on the vessel, the key to keeping charge than an entire electrical navigational system while at Sea that often powers VHF/ AIS / WATER MAKERS/ and music 🙂

D- Hull Paint and Fiberglass touch-ups. The vessel came with a 2 x 2 hole in the vessel that we believed was caused by transporting the boat when the rudder went up into the trailer.

E- BATTERIES.  Smiles currently has two 80 AGM batteries in place.   These are minimum sufficient for the current electrical set up, however, after recent training, they appear to not be good enough to hold the charge requiring the originally in place 160’s.  We are hoping to replace them with two new Mastervolt or similar, to properly hold the electrical charge I believe will be needed to not only maximize the current but future needs.  This includes the live-stream platform we look to offer to future network streaming platforms and educational zoom classes for the school rooms.  They run 750 each.

2- Human Needs. Food is dehydrated and while I am sourcing sponsors for this, I am also creating hydroponic efforts with the support of leading environmental scientists to sustain plant-based food on the vessel. I hope it can be highlighted and used by not just myself but others on an educational form shown in schools and other vessels, teaching alternate sustainable ways healthy to the positive footprint.

3- Philanthropic Expansion. Live streaming technology, growing boots on the ground team members, raising the goal for funds to promote more efforts in the unconventional charities, and providing an offering to the local tribes and communities visited along the journey. This means the excess of funds of 50 percent will go to donations from the expedition and the adventure itself both current and future. I am currently partnered with Chris Martin of New Ocean Wave to work with me on a consultant basis to achieve access and support, both via route and database of other like-minded in the sport to grow this adventure. It is the lifeline to learning and preparing for this, his time is limited and worth more than the fee.  Other programs include educational streams to institutions dedicate to understanding anything to do with all of the above, like Vancouver Maritime Museum who offers exceptional ways for students and others to learn seen here,

4- Smile’s fund.  Still reading?!  Awesome, last but not least is my favorite part, leftover funds from the expedition pool will be offered on random occasions along the trip to various people, tribes, islands, communities, and more.  It will be a surprise captured by the team, that I hope brings smiles to many faces.  

Please stay tuned to this page for live updates to the developing efforts and charity missions WITH ADDED AWARDS FOR SMALLER AMOUNTS.  If you are one of the few organizations we are reviewing, thank you for visiting and we hope you take interest as deep in this project as the waters I will cross. It’s organizations like you that inspire the world to go around and I look forward to coming full circle with you all.   


-Aaron 🙂

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