Dive Project Cornwall CIC

by Andrew Forster in Helston, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th June 2022 we successfully raised £2,775 with 42 supporters in 35 days

Our vision; eliminate plastic pollution, protect the marine environment, save all life in our oceans for future generations to enjoy cherish

by Andrew Forster in Helston, Cornwall, United Kingdom

WHAT IS DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL?

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if more young people could explore beneath the waves, see how beautiful the incredible underwater world really is and understand why the marine environment is so very, very important?”

1650373811_af_cf_profile.jpgI’m Andy Forster and I’ve always been enthusiastic about marine conservation, the ocean and the life within it. As a keen scuba diver and PADI-qualified dive instructor I have a vision to create an opportunity for school children across the UK to come to Cornwall and experience the ocean first hand – something they may never otherwise get the opportunity to realise. Here they can learn why it’s vital to protect our natural marine life.

Through exploration of our oceans DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL starts in the classroom and finishes on the beach. We have partnered with the Marine Conservation Society and are already delivering a unique EDUCATION programme to hundreds of thousands of young people directly into schools across the UK, raising the awareness of the importance of the planet's marine ENVIRONMENT and its vital role in our very own existence. 

A LIFE-CHANGING COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS

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1650373727_cornwall-project-diving--208.jpgAt the heart of DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL is a life-changing competition for 400 lucky teenagers to win the EXPERIENCE they will never forget: a 6-day trip to Cornwall where they will not only learn to scuba dive and learn from leading marine industry experts, but they will get to fill their lungs with fresh sea air, bonding through beach-related activities and learning new skills and memories to take back home with them.

1653070727_cf_marinecreatures.jpgWith 20 winning schools bringing 20 students each, our goal is for these 400 lucky teenagers to leave Dive Project Cornwall as ‘Ocean Influencers’ with their PADI Open Water Scuba Diving qualification and they can act positively to engage, inspire and motivate the next generation to save our planet.

We've had an amazing response to the competition with some really inspiring and creative entries submitted.

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?

The total cost to bring DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL to life is £250,000. And we are nearly there! Through existing partners and sponsors, we have already raised a significant amount and through our Crowdfunding campaign, we are looking to raise £40,000.

1652796064_cf_costperluckyteen_woutcflogo.jpegAccommodating, feeding, providing training and entertaining 400 kids and their teachers over 20 weeks comes at a cost. We have already raised significant funding through the generosity of over 160 partners, corporate and individual sponsors as well as regional PADI HQ and 20 of their regional Dive Centres, who are supporting the project by working directly with the participating schools. DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL needs to cover the costs for every school that wins to deliver the competition prizes without compromise.

To give you an idea of the costs just for each winning child:

  • £150 for accommodation a week
  • £50 for food for a week
  • £30 for air supply for scuba dive instruction
  • £495 for the PADI Open Water Course

Above the costs listed we need dive-kit, tents, cooking equipment, insurance, a team of people (mostly volunteers) to help co-ordinate the activities for each school taking part.

1650376067_18_children_foot_on_beach.pngChildren are great advocates of adventure and the aim is to create an educational experience that is truly memorable and one they can share and inspire others with. The 400 young people will leave the project as 'Ocean Influencers' and will share their experience with friends and family on their return to the city in which they live.

This truly is a prize worth winning for every school taking part!

HOW YOUR DONATION WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

1653071141_image2(1).jpegSince the inception of DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL in 2021, like many organisations, we have seen our cost base rise exponentially with increases in almost every provision we are offering. It is vital that we can secure this funding to ensure we deliver DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL without compromise and with no scaling back.

Every donation made through CrowdFunding, will be invested in 400 lucky teenagers across the UK, some of whom have never seen the ocean. Your donation will ensure vital marine conservation knowledge and experience is shared in an informative and engaging way that will help inspire these teens and help turn them into our 'Ocean Influencers' of the future.

1652725858_cornwall-project-diving--321_jaketimms.jpgYour donation, whatever the amount, will make a big difference to our ocean and support our education programme reaching hundreds of thousands of young people, plus the 400 young people who will go on to be the next ‘Ocean Influencers’, changing attitudes and future-proofing our oceans for generations to cherish and enjoy.

OUR REWARDS

We don't underestimate your generosity in donating to the Dive Project Cornwall Crowdfunder. Your gift, whatever the amount, will help us continue our unique education and experience programme and support our 400 lucky teenagers to learn about marine conservation in an exciting and innovative way.

We have some special 'thank you' gifts to match the donation amount you can offer ranging from stylish, sustainable sunglasses from sponsors Waterhaul, or an Ocean Positive Gulper bottle from our project partners Fourth Element to free issues and money off Cornwall Living Magazine and Drift Magazine.

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If you can’t donate right now, you can still help by sharing DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL CrowdFunder with your friends and family and encourage them to make a donation to ensure this initiative becomes the success it deserves.

In anticipation, everyone already involved with DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL thanks you for your support and generosity.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

CORNWALL LIVING MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION VOUCHER

Dreaming of Cornwall? Receive a FREE issue PLUS a £5 voucher to redeem against an annual subscription to Cornwall Living - the only magazine to exclusively cover the ultimate lifestyle by the sea in Cornwall. A subscription brings you 13 issues throughout the year where you can discover the finest properties, the best restaurants and hotels and new ideas for exciting getaways by the sea.

£20 or more

DRIFT MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION VOUCHER

Receive a FREE ISSUE PLUS a £10 voucher towards a subscription to DRIFT Magazine - the pinnacle of luxury living in Cornwall. A beautiful coffee-table magazine, published 8 times a year, bringing the very best that Cornwall has to offer, from unique art galleries to contemporary living as well discovering gastronomic delights. Every issue allows you to take a moment and imagine the ocean even if you can't be there.

£50 or more

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OCEAN POSITIVE GULPER BOTTLE

The Gulper is more than just your everyday water bottle. Stainless steel double wall vacuum insulation means that iced drinks stay cool for up to 24 hours and a hot drink will stay that way for up to 12 hours. Every time you refill this bottle instead of buying bottled water you are helping to reduce the production of plastic waste which may end up in landfill or our oceans.

£100 or more

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WATERHAUL SUNGLASSES

Waterhaul specialise in transforming plastics from our coastline into purposeful products that inspire action. The Fitzroy sunglasses normally retail at £80. Made from 100% recycled polypropylene trawl nets and lines, they are designed that meets the technical demands of adventure, ocean-exposure and UV protection, but also acts as a ‘symbol of change’ for our oceans. You'll be both stylish and sustainable! www.waterhaul.co/

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