Transcendence takes a family

Here at MVA, we pride ourselves in giving back to the families of those who risk their lives protecting and serving our country and communities day in and day out. Although, there are a number of programs that support those who serve, many rarely focus solely on the family members of those men and women. When a servant becomes wounded or otherwise disabled in the line of duty, by default, the level of service that the family provides in order to care for those individuals, increases exponentially. 

The purpose of our boating adventures, is to provide the family members with a relaxing day on the water, filled with exciting and calming activities such as; sight seeing, swimming, meditation or just a chance to lay back and enjoy the overall boating experience on a yacht. 

By joining us on our vessel, we hope to do our part in giving the families a break from their services, to make them feel appreciated for all that they do to support our brave men and women, and to reassure them that their efforts and sacrifices are not being taken for granted.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
— John F. Kennedy

Meet your skipper

Michael’s boating passion began when he was 8 years old fishing with his dad out in the Puget Sound. His passion for boating continued to grow through the years and several boats. The first true salt water boat was purchased at a 1985 boat show when he and his dad had $9.45 between the two of them to put down on a new 28 ft. Bayliner Contessa, subject to mom’s approval of course.

After five years of exploring the waters of the Puget Sound, growing pains triggered the desire for a larger vessel.  Michael purchased a 36 ft. Sea Ray and continued to explore. These new adventures lead to the San Juan Islands and Canada.

Michael continued boating until 2009 when family desires turned towards camping. Always promising to return to the water, Michael found his new boat in October 2015, a 1996 Bayliner 4788 which he appropriately named, “Magna Veritas” (The Ultimate Truth).

Michael’s love of the water however, wasn’t just limited to boating. At the age of six he learned to swim and became a competitive swimmer through high school. He also became a certified scuba diver which proved to be a benefit later in life.

During college Michael became a lifeguard and received his Water Safety Instructor Certification. During the summers, while home from college, he lifeguarded at Ft. Lewis Army Base on American Lake and Kimbro Pool. Part of his responsibility was to teach safety and water survival tactics to the military troops.

Michael was raised in Lakewood, WA and it was after college that he paid back the community he grew up in by becoming a deputy with Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept. During his career, he spent 10 years assigned to the Marine Service Unit and was one of the pilots on the Reliance, the county’s salt water patrol/rescue boat. Michael later lateraled to the new Lakewood Police Department as a Sergeant.  After retiring, Michael wanted to continue to give back so he created Magna Veritas Adventures.