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Posted by Pasley on January 09, 2009 at 09:18:11:

Opportunities to help are:

You may also consider joining our efforts http://www.challengesfoundation.org through the veterans project there we are teaching disabled veterans (patients at the VA) to scuba dive free of charge. Cash contributions are always welcome or the gift of your time is also needed. We need people to staff the following positions:

Public relations get us some media attention

Funding soliciting funding or in kind support (printing etc) from corporate sponsors etc

Logistics take charge of the gear and position it prior to each class so each student can fall in on their gear and collect it up after class.

Dive Buddy in water assisting the diver requires SCUBA Certification from any agency and HSA Certification as Dive Buddy or higher

HSA Dive Master Requires DM Certification from accredited agency (NAUI preferred) and HSA Certification as DM

HSA Assistant Instructor- Requires Assistant Instructor Certification from accredited agency (NAUI preferred) and HSA Certification as Assistant Instructor

HSA Instructor- Requires Instructor Certification from accredited agency (NAUI preferred) and HSA Certification as Instructor

Dive Heart (an affiliated organization based in Illinois) is running an HSA Certification class at the Aquarium of the Pacific 14-18 Jan 2009. From 14-16 the class is 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 17 & 18 Jan is all day.

SCUBA Experience January 16th at USC Pool. Here non-divers with disabilities will be introduced to SCUBA in the pool. We need safety divers, preferably with HSA Credentials as a Dive Buddy or higher, minimum requirement is RESCUE level diver.

January 24-25 the Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting an Abilities fair and we could use some help at the Challenges/Dive Heart booth there as well.

Currently we are working with Polytrauma, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress (and its byproducts) patients at the West Los Angeles VA. Once we have sufficient staffing in place we plan to add the Long Beach VA Spinal Cord and Amputee patients to the mix.



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