I'm riding my bike cross country to fundraise for DiveWise, an organization that works to lower the freediver fatality rate.
Four years ago I decided to take World Champion Martin Stepanek’s freedive class. I invited my dive buddy Robert Richardson to attend with me.
A few months later I was at a Tom Thumb vendor trip in Argentina when I received a fax from my secretary. Robert and his brother David had blacked out together on a 90 ft freedive when Robert tried to save his brother. It was a dramatic rescue as the boys were found face down, purple, bleeding, and in full respiratory arrest. They were medevaced to a local hospital and both eventually recovered. This news rocked me to my core. I was supposed to have been diving with them that day.
Soon afterwards Robert’s mom, Julie Richardson, founded DiveWise, an organization to further freedive safety education. I became the CEO of the organization and worked with this family to help them in their mission.
Julie is very passionate about the work she does. She made a lot of progress and only two years into it she was presented with the National Water Safety Congress’ National Award for outstanding work in promoting water safety.
This is a charity close to my heart. I believe in what DiveWise is doing – we are an international leader in freedive safety. Currently we are creating and launching the first online freedive safety module to educate divers on how to manage the risks in freediving. Also, our website needs to be completely overhauled and translated into several languages. We needed funds. It was time for us to have our first fundraiser.
This year I’m joining Robert on a cross-country bicycle trip – from LA to Miami – to raise money for DiveWise. We’re flying out to LA on Oct 2, 2012 and expect to complete the 3200-mile journey in about 50 days.
I’m asking you to give whatever you can to help me in my goal to raise money for this worthy cause. DiveWise is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization; your donation is tax deductible. No one at DiveWise is paid – everyone works on a volunteer basis so your donations go directly to furthering freedive safety. I’d like to thank you in advance for helping me in my goal to raise $10,000 for DiveWise!