Morales And Team Named As Oxygen Grant Program’s Newest Recipient
Through its Oxygen Grant Program, Divers Alert Network recently donated an emergency oxygen unit to Leobardo Morales and his team of support divers in Cozumel, Mexico. Morales currently holds the World Record in Technical Diving with his successful 410 foot dive made on December 8, 2012. What makes this record even more impressive is that Morales accomplished this feat after losing his right leg in a battle with cancer. If this record wasn’t enough to demonstrate his passion for scuba diving, Morales set another world record for the longest recorded dive where he swam 15.6 km (9.7 miles) underwater during a dive that lasted 8 hours and 16 minutes on December 13, 2013.
“We are very pleased to receive DAN’s Oxygen Kit donation,” said Leobardo Morales. “This kit will allow me and my team to attempt more World Record dives in the future and it will enhance safety in case of an emergency. We want to show people that anything is possible if you work hard enough and set your mind to it. I beat cancer when the doctors told me that I had less than five years to live,” added Morales.
The mission of DAN’s Oxygen Grant Program is to assist individuals in the DAN America, DAN World, and DAN Brasil regions who have a connection to diving or aquatics demonstrating a genuine need of oxygen resources to foster their relationship and interaction with the dive or aquatics communities. Morales and his team of support divers plan on attempting more World Record setting dives in the near future to inspire other people to be their best – no matter what physical limitations might stand in their way.
“DAN is excited to offer this oxygen grant program to the diving community,” said Bill Ziefle, President and Chief Executive Office, Divers Alert Network. “This initiative is just another way that DAN strives to make diving safer by donating important live-saving equipment to those special individuals or organizations that are passionate about our sport and demonstrate a need,” added Ziefle.
To be considered for the program, applicants must have a connection to diving, demonstrate a real need for the unit, and have at least two people on staff who are current with DAN’s Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries course. In addition, candidates must be based in DAN America, World, or Brasil but must not be a federal government organization.
This program is funded entirely through donations. Grant applications are reviewed on their own merit and applicants must attend an Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries Course to be considered for a grant. Grant cycles close the final business day in January, April, July and October and grant requests must be received before 5 p.m. Eastern time on these days to be considered for the respective grant cycle. Grants will be determined by committee decision.
Applications forms for DAN’s Oxygen Grant Program can be downloaded by visiting DAN.org. Upon completion of the application, candidates should mail the completed paperwork with required documentation to: Divers Alert Network, Oxygen Grant Program/Education Department, 6 West Colony Place, Durham, NC 27705.
About DAN: DAN's mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research, education, products and diving services. The DAN Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization (Tax ID # 56-1696689) and has grown to become the largest association of recreational scuba divers in the world since its inception in 1980. For more information, explore DAN.org.