28 October 2005

USA: Dive for Dreams event to include diver marathons

Scuba Friends, a local dive club located in Johnson County, Kansas, will host Dive for Dreams at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Drive.

For the second year, Dive for Dreams will raise funds for The Dream Factory and Camp Quality, both volunteer-based non-profit organizations. The all-day event includes various activities for divers and non-divers alike, such as first-time scuba diving, underwater games, skill practices and new equipment testing...

Last year's Dive for Dreams attracted over 100 people and raised $17,000. Two marathons will also take place during the eight hour event. A marathon relay team is made up of four divers taking turns diving. Each diver receives two hours of time in the water and must raise a minimum of $150 in pledges.

The individual marathon diver event is for the most advanced and extreme divers, according to event organizer Pam Bertrand. These divers will spend the entire eight hours underwater. They are allowed 10-minute breaks every hour to refill air tanks, and for food and water, and restroom breaks. Each of these divers must raise at least $500 in pledges.

Scuba divers can pledge $25 or sell $50 in raffle tickets to spend 45 minutes underwater. Non-divers can pledge $25 or sell $50 in raffle tickets to spend 20 to 30 minutes with a certified dive instructor. The fee includes oxygen. All proceeds go to charity.

Source: www.divenews.com


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