One who ‘lives to dive’ can also ‘dive to live’.
Diving For Life is a non-profit organization that sponsors The International Gay and Lesbian SCUBA Jamboree. The Jamboree is a fund raising event that offers a fun filled week of SCUBA diving with 100 – 125 or more GLBTT divers attending. All proceeds from the Jamboree are donated to charitable organizations that support health care services.
Thanks to the contributions towards 2019’s event in Bonaire and the hard work of volunteers, US$ 90,000 could be distributed to worthy health service organizations.
After postponing the event in the last two years, in 2022 Diving For Life will travel to Fiji from 9-16 October. “By affiliation with scuba clubs throughout the world and a strong network of past participants, we expect about 120 people who enjoy great vacations and generously buy raffle tickets and auction items. Diving for Life (DFL) is a 501(c)3, volunteer-run organization. All of our travel agent commissions plus proceeds from an auction and raffle program go to health organizations selected by our affiliated clubs. In its 28 years, Diving for Life has given away over one million dollars!” say Christine Simon, Director Diving for Life.
Pro Dive International and Occidental Cozumel 5* have repeatedly sponsored a weekend’s stay & dive package for two at the world’s top dive destination Cozumel in Mexico.
“With our contribution, we hope to enrich the lives of many who are in need of health care and assistance.”, says Markus Fleischmann, CEO & Founder of Pro Dive International.
Recipient health-service organizations have been selected by local scuba clubs. Recent recipient organizations include:
AIDS Service Center- Los Angeles, CA; AIDS Interfaith Network of Dallas, TX; Ali Forney Center, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, LGBT Community Center, and Sylvia’s Place – New York City; The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland- Cleveland, OH; AIDS Resource Center Cincinnati- Cincinnati, OH; Adolescent Counseling Center, Asian Pacific Wellness Center’s TRANS:TRIVE, Trevor Project; Tom Waddell Urban Health’s Transgender Program (San Francisco Department of Public Health), Lyon-Martin Health Services, Pacific Center- San Francisco, CA; Our House -AIDS Hospice House, SMYRC -GBLTT Youth Counseling Center, Pride of the Rose (via Equity Foundation) – DFL Scholarship HIV Studies/Support- Portland, OR; Mama’s Kitchen and Stepping Stones – San Diego, CA; Gay City Health Project- Seattle, WA, Lambert House- Seattle, WA; Bobby Goldsmith Foundation- Sydney, NSW, Australia; Fife House – Toronto, ON; DC Center, MetroDC PFLAG, and Whitman-Walker Health – Washington, DC; GLBT Community Center of Baltimore, MD; Camp Rehoboth [Beach, DE].
More information can be found on DFL’s website.