In this week’s podcast SOFREP Editor-in-Chief Sean Spoonts talks with Taylor Grieger a former Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) swimmer and creator of Hell or High Seas. 

Hell or High Seas is a documentary that depicts the journey of Taylor Grieger and writer Stephen O’Shea as they sail around Cape Horn, which, as Sean points out, is the most perilous sea route in the world. But at the same time, Hell or High Seas is also a journey of recovery and healing from PTSD.

Sean was also a Navy SAR swimmer, so he and Taylor recount stories from SAR selection and the hardships candidates have to endure to graduate.

The SAR community is a very small one. Whenever a SAR swimmer is lost his loss affects the whole community. This isn’t easy as Sean and Taylor highlight.

PTSD is a plague. Taylor, through Hell or High Seas, shows that it can be beaten.

But the journey, literally and figuratively, was a hard one. Taylor and Stephen endured a multitude of dangers from pirates to storms. Yet, their perseverance and courage allowed them to overcome. Now, Taylor wants to inspire other veterans and military members to do so.

Taylor also serves the veteran community through his American Odysseus Sailing Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that provides relief to veterans through sailing training and expeditions.

You can find out more about the documentary as well as rent or buy it at

Tune in for another memorable and touching SOFREP Radio episode.