DAN is asking divers of all levels to come together to support its Recompression Chamber Assistance Program (RCAP) through a 2017 year-end giving campaign. The campaign to Help Divers Beat the Bends is an initiative aimed at raising funds to maintain, repair, or replace recompression chambers worldwide.
“No one thinks about a recompression chamber until they need one. Thankfully, the industry has done a great job ensuring that divers are as educated as they can be about the bends. But, accidents happen. Recompression chambers are critical pieces of dive medicine infrastructure that must be properly maintained and staffed. They also need to be assessed regularly to ensure that they are,” said Petar Denoble, DAN Vice President of Mission. “Often, chambers in areas that are popular with divers have limited funding, and are staffed by volunteers who have few, if any, opportunities for training, let alone the tools and experience to conduct regular chamber maintenance. Not to mention, Caribbean destinations bore the brunt of a devastating hurricane season this year – we need to help them ensure they are ready to safely welcome divers back to their waters.”
Established in 1993, RCAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization managed by Divers Alert Network, Inc., that relies on funding from donors to ensure recompression chambers worldwide are operational and able to provide lifesaving care for divers, should they need it. It costs about $3800 to send a DAN chamber expert to a remote area to assess the unit and to train staff. Assistance is available to any chamber that requests it.
“Even if we don’t use recompression chambers every day, when we do, they need to save lives. That means properly trained staff, and regularly scheduled maintenance and repair. And, that means we need your help, so we can continue to be there for divers in need. No donation is too small. And every penny raised supports chambers around the world,” said Bill Ziefle, DAN President and CEO.
RCAP donations are tax deductible and will go directly towards ensuring chambers in need receive operational and facility assessments, essential training for chamber operators, and replacements for old, or worn out equipment.
For more information or to donate to RCAP, go to DAN.org/give.