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Posted by Steve Benavides on April 01, 2009 at 07:38:21:

California Reef Fundraising Opportunity
As you all know, CSNR is engaged in the process of creating a number of recreational opportunities for the Southern California diving community. In the next few years they expect to sink a number of surplus military and civilian vessels which can then be accessible to the recreational diving public. In order to help defray the huge costs associated with cleaning and preparing these vessels for reefing, CSNR will offer philanthropic members of the California diving community the ultimate thrill ride which will trump most exploits in the SCUBA diving community and provide the ultimate thrill for discriminating divers.
Responding to the requests of a large number of the diving community, CSNR has decided to allow up to 10 lucky divers the opportunity to personally experience the sinking of each of their ships in an up close and personal basis. In exchange for a charitable donation of $5,000 to the parent foundation involved in the sinking of the ship, each of these discriminating divers will have the opportunity to "ride" the target ship as it sinks from the surface into Davey Jones locker. You'll even be allowed to photograph the event using whatever film or video equipment you wish! Imagine feeling the solid kick delivered to your backside by the detonation of several pounds of plastic explosives directly under your chair. Picture yourself submerged in the maelstrom of rushing waters as the ship slides beneath the surface and on rushing water slams into the 10 secured divers. Can't you just picture the wave of water waiting to engulf you as the bow slides under the waves?
Prior to the sinking CSNR will install 10 structural steel chairs on the bow of the target ship just forward of the superstructure. These chairs will be securely welded to the deck and equipped with well padded seats with ejection mechanisms, five point shoulder and waist safety belts with a quick release feature. 30 minutes prior to the initiation of pyrotechnic destruction of selected areas of the hull, the lucky divers will be escorted to the 10 thrones and securely belted into the steel chairs. The ship will then be evacuated and the charges remotely detonated by United States Navy seal team. The lucky 10 will be allowed up to two camera systems each and are required to have at least a 45 minute air supply to allow them an easy return to the surface with their treasured video after the completion of the scuttling of the ship and its slow fall to its final resting place.
We anticipate an overwhelming number of applications to participate in this activity. Remember that this is a fundraising event. The ships are very expensive to sink and we need to find new and more creative ways to raise the money to do so. This will be very popular. Accordingly, each diver interested in participating in this event will be expected to participate in a lottery to select the lucky divers. Those who are successful in having their name picked as being one of the lucky 10 must pay the entire $5,000 fee as a charitable contribution to CSNR, which is a qualified 501(c)3 registered charity. Your tax-deductible charitable contribution will lead to defraying the cost of preparing these ships for the diving public.
We are only going to make 10 seats available on each of the ships that are sunk. Don't forget to tell your friends about this opportunity and consider the amount of enjoyment provided by doing something that nobody has ever done before. This is your chance to spend your money and engage in a truly unique and educational experience. More news coming soon. -This release is dated April 1, 2009



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