The OC Spearos is a 501c3 public benefit corporation, Tax ID#27-2434004. 100% of your donation is tax deductible.
On September 28, 2019, the freedive and spearfishing community suffered a devastating loss of one of our own, Ryan Huff, to a freediving accident. Ryan had a passion for the ocean, freediving, and spearfishing. In the words of his wife, Diane, "While the impact of his loss on his family, friends, and diving community has been immeasurable, those closest to him are determined to honor him by ensuring his love of the ocean lives on." It is in Ryan's memory that the OC Spearos have created this Scholarship Fund.
The OC Spearos advocate for continued education for all freedivers as a means to arm them with the knowledge necessary to keep themselves and those around them as safe as possible during freedive activities. The OC Spearos regularly partner with industry recognized education and certification entities in an attempt to encourage Members to gain crucial freedive knowledge. We believe very strongly that all divers should be certified. We also understand the potential financial barriers to certification. As such, we have created this Scholarship fund to pay for the education of our Members who meet certain need based, service based, and character based criteria.
Through a partnership with both our Donors and the certifying bodies with whom we work, the OC Spearos will pay the full amount of costs incurred in enrolling for both entry level and continued levels of education for our Members.
From our Donors, we hope to raise a total of $5000 during 2020. As the OC Spearos is a 501c3 public benefit corporation, 100% of donations are fully tax deductible. None of the OC Spearos’ leadership or coordinators are financially compensated so all net proceeds will go to paying for education.
From our certifying entity partners, we hope to negotiate special rates for classes attended by scholarship recipients. This is in the hope that we may maximize the number of Members that can benefit from the overall funds raised in this effort.