Friday, June 23, 2006

PADI Chamber Endowment Fund

For Immediate Release Contact: Theresa Gulledge
PADI Americas
+1 949 858 7234, ext. 2322
theresa.gulledge@padi.com


PADI Chamber Endowment Fund Accepting Grant Requests

More than $30,000US is available to support hyperbaric chambers worldwide.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – 23 June 2006 – The PADI Chamber Endowment Fund, which was established in 2004 to benefit recreational dive communities, is currently accepting requests for grants in support of hyperbaric chambers worldwide. This year, more than $30,000US is available to qualified applicants and no reasonable proposal will be overlooked within the funding available and the number of requests received.

The PADI Chamber Endowment Fund provides funding for projects including, but not limited to:
Staff training and certification
General chamber maintenance costs
Equipment costs
New chamber construction

PADI’s Chamber Endowment Fund is supported by a $2 donation from every enrollment in the PADI-endorsed Diver Protection Program - a comprehensive dive accident insurance program administered by Vicencia and Buckley. The Diver Protection Program is available to all divers globally and accepted by all institutions worldwide.

Previous Fund beneficiaries include: the Utila Hyperbaric Chamber & Trauma Center, Utila Honduras; Orkney Hyperbaric Trust, Orkney; Scotland; University of Hawaii at Manoa; Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Facility; Pacific Grove CA, and the National Hyperbaric Center; Dublin, Ireland. Donations ranged from $1,000 to $2,500 per recipient.

For more information on the PADI Chamber Endowment Fund, for application procedures, or to apply for funding, please email chamberfund@padi.com, or phone 800 729 7234 (US and Canada) ext.2368, or +1 949 858 7234 ext.2368. All applications are due no later than 14 August 2006.

PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is the world's largest recreational diving organization, with more than 5300 dive centers and resorts and 130,000 dive professionals worldwide. For 40 years, PADI has set the standard for quality, fun and excellence in diver education. More divers participate in PADI programs than any other; making a PADI certification the most recognized and respected in the world.