A crucial element of fundrasing is figuring out to get the broadest range of people on board with your cause, and one of the best ways to do that is to create a specific product and donate a portion of the profits to your cause. Companies team together to accomplish this goal all the time, and it is truly one of the most simple ways that people can contribute while addressing their own needs at the same time. Even SCUBA manufacturers are in on the game, so if you’re interested in supporting an organization or charity through your gear purchases, here are a few that we think are clever and worthwhile.
Oceanic USA Line Vortex V-16 Fins – $159.95 FREE SHIPPING!
Oceanic doesn’t have any trouble attracting new customers with their excellent track record of service and product quality, but their latest release is certain to drum up some business. The USA line of their ever-popular Vortex fins are packed with patriotic style, featuring red, white, and blue coloring and stars on the blades. But the most patriotic part of these fins is what you can’t see: 7 percent of the sale of each pair of USA line fins will help fund the Ocean Warrior Program, an initiative started by Oceanic to engage injured military personnel in diving, an activity that has been proven to be an effective form of therapy for a variety of disabilities. This program will provide roughly $250 to each of 300-350 qualified veterans that will go to gear purchases. Oceanic has a long standing history of supporting SCUBA programs for veterans, and you can be part of the process with a pair of these fins. Also available in a package that includes mask, ultra-dry snorkel, and mesh carrying bag.
If you’re in the market for a new mask and want to pitch in on the fight against breast cancer, the Mares X-Vision mask is the one for you. Mares has created a more comfortable mask frame by using 30 percent harder silicone than is typically used in the structure for better support, and a super soft Liquid Skin mask skirt that adheres comfortably to the face with a flawless seal. A soft nose pocket makes equalization quicker and easier, and skirt-mounted buckles on the mask strap eliminate pressure from the frame against the face. The mask comes in 8 colors with clear silicone and one with black silicone, and each one is covered by a limited 2-year warranty and includes a $10 donation to fight breast cancer.
Another great idea whose proceeds will help fight breast cancer, this pink and black model of the SeaLife SL720 DC 1400 is a purchase you can feel good about, with $25 of every sale going to fighting breast cancer. This simple underwater digital camera is packed with features that will help you get better shots on every dive. Eight underwater modes and four built-in digital color correction filters ensure crisp, even colors, and a spy mode will automatically shoot frames continuously, allowing you to just enjoy the dive as you record if you wish. A super macro autofocus allows you to shoot from just 1″ away, and a 25x total zoom will get up close and personal to the smaller creatures on the reef. This camera set includes a neoprene strap with pink SeaLife lettering, a rechargeable battery, USB and AV cables, strap and case for the inner camera, international plug adapters, silicone moisture munchers, flash diffuser and link adapter, cleaning kit, and the all-important instruction manual. This would make a great gift or an addition to your own SCUBA gear, while concurrently supporting a cure for breast cancer.