David Fisher

Upper Hudson Heroes

Our Mission

The David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes mission is to provide any United States Armed Services disabled veterans with a positive and enjoyable learning environment allowing them to achieve safe kayaking skills. We strive to develop a friendly and supportive atmosphere where our veterans physical abilities and self confidence will be reinforced while having a great time expanding their capabilities.


About Us

Established in 2011, The David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes Organization was developed in honor of Sgt. David Fisher. David was a lively, energetic, and loving young man from Watervliet, New York who represented his country and city with honor. In December of 2004 David was killed overseas in Iraq. Developed in his honor, the David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes Organization gives all veterans the chance to enjoy the outdoor hobby of kayaking which, because of their disability, they may not have ever had this opportunity.


During the summer of 2011, four disabled veterans were given kayak lessons despite their handicap restrictions. Lessons were initially taught in a classroom setting at the Watervliet Dome. Progressive learning brought them to Watervliet's municipal pool, by which each learned the basics of kayaking in a suttle setting. By August, these veterans made their first ever open water kayaking adventure on the hudson river by way of the city's Hudson Shores Park. Since then, the organization has grown to incorporate ANY past or present members of the United States Armed Services.


The David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes would not be a success without the wonderful support from the community. Continued support is essential in order to keep our organization running. We'd like to send a special thank you to the local kayak instructors who donate their time and knowledge to providing our nations heroes with the skills required to safely kayak on the water. The future of the group relies on more people like this, so we're relying on you to support the David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes.



Great night at Snyder's Lake August 1, 2018, we finally got to make a trip. Thank you to everyone who participated. 

May 28, 2018

Memorial Parade Watervliet. 


Upper Hudson Heroes


2-15th Street, Watervliet, NY 12189

Email: bloya@watervliet.com
Tel:  518 337 9115



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