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Dive Pirates Foundation

We no longer see disabilities; we see possibilities

Wellington, CO   |  www.divepirates.org

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Mission

Based on camaraderie, compassion, freedom to dive, and the Code of Conduct, Dive Pirates will support, train, equip, and provide dive travel to individuals with disabilities through Adaptive Scuba Diving.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Mr. Tyler Brandes

President Elect

Col. Gregg Wentworth

Main address

PO Box 1564

Wellington, CO 80549 USA

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EIN

20-2464393

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Dive Pirate Foundation raises funds to teach adaptive scuba diving to veterans and others who through accident or disease have lost physical mobility, not only introducing them to the wonders of the underwater world but challenging them to defy limitations and to realize that the impossible, is in fact possible. We support the rehabilitation of and provide life-changing enrichment to the disabled community through scuba diving and fellowship.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adaptive Scuba Diving

Instruction and safety is self regulated by the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) and members can be found at www.wrstc.com. These agencies have agreed to a common set of minimum requirements for the safe training of individuals to achieve a rating of Open Water Diver. An Open Water Diver needs to be able to be comfortable in the water, understand the operation of his/her equipment, be able to plan dives within the limits of nitrogen decompression and be able to perform minor rescues. All agencies also offer and encourage continuing education for divers.

Adaptive Scuba Diving is a training philosophy that addresses the specific needs of a disabled individual, trains to that specific disability, and then prepares that individual to dive with mainstream Open Water Divers. We do this by including as many standard skills as possible and by jointly training with an Adaptive Buddy that can fill in the gaps for the disabled diver. These divers are a team that can dive in most locations with Open Water Divers.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Adaptive Scuba Diving

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents the average dollars per member of the Dive Pirates Foundation. Membership donations go directly to equipping our Adaptive Divers and their buddies!

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Adaptive Scuba Diving

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Donors represent the number of active members each year. Membership has several funding levels ranging from $50 to $2500.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Adaptive Scuba Diving

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Recipients and Buddies trained each year.

Number of Active Chapters

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Adaptive Scuba Diving

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Dive Pirates Foundation trains its recipients and buddies by a network of Chapters representing an array of dive center facilities nationwide. The more Chapters, the greater our capacity.

Total Dollars Attributable to Fundraising

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Adaptive Scuba Diving

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sources of fundraising ($m) include: membership, Dive Pirates Ball, other events, annual fund, general donations, grants, matching funds, planned giving and corporate sponsorships.

Total Income

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Adaptive Scuba Diving

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total Income ($m) includes cash and non-cash sources.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Dive Pirates will create a community of Disabled Divers who will dive and travel in the mainstream world of Scuba Diving through education and overcoming obstacles.

Our ongoing and unwavering commitment is to have the ability to accept more recipients into the program. To do this, we will focus on revenue growth, heightened efforts around brand awareness and recognition, and identifying additional suitable dive locations domestically and globally that meet the needs and standards of our recipients and volunteers.

Continue to maintain a strong association with training agencies to build awareness and create recognition around Adaptive Scuba Diving, work with retailers; resorts; and diving professionals to remove the stigma and stereotypes commonly associated with individuals who are physically disabled, hold meetings; obtain speaking engagements; maintain visibility and participation at conferences (i.e. DEMA), and create and grow partnerships within the scuba diving community.

Remain relevant, build enthusiasm, maintain interest, encourage continued dialog through the Dive Pirates Foundation Newsletter.

Raise funds through the Dive Pirates Annual Ball and Silent Auction, regional fund raisers, individual memberships, corporate sponsors, grants, and chapters.

Train more Adaptive Dive Buddies, Dive Masters, and Adaptive Dive Instructors / Instructor Trainers.

Recruit, train, and equip injured veterans and individuals who have a mobility disabilty but medically qualified to dive; train and equip their Adaptive Dive Buddy (i.e. spouse, sibling, friend, parent); and take them on an annual Dive Pirates Foundation Adaptive Scuba Diving Trip.

Dive Pirates Foundation volunteers and members, most of whom are scuba divers, organize fund raisers, find sponsors and sources of donations, attend fund raisers as support staff, and participate in training of our annual dive trips as paying volunteers.

The Dive Pirates Foundation Advisory Council facilitates open communication, highlighting emerging trends and identifying opportunities for the growth and betterment of Adaptive Scuba Diving, by reporting on applicable research and studies providing guidance and recommendations to constantly adjust and adapt the Adaptive Diver Program as appropriate.

The Dive Pirates Foundation Officers and Board of Directors takes the onus to ensure everyone connected directly or indirectly with the foundation understands its reasons for existing, ensures the organization is on track with regard to meeting its goals, and crafts policies in support of those goals.

Through our partnerships with training agencies, Adaptive Diver Programs are used to provide a pathway for individuals who have an impairment that might hinder them from receiving a full Open Water Diver Certification. These programs identify the divers level of ability and then designates their certification level.

*An Adaptive Dive Buddy has been trained in Rescue as well as had the specific training to be able to assist Adaptive Divers.

Dive Pirates Foundation reach is currently growing but strong in the United States through our networking with VA Hospitals, support groups for persons with disabilities, and Dive stores scattered across the U.S.

Our focus is to go global through several training agencies with training standards being developed to facilitate expansion globally.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dive Pirates Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Tyler Brandes

Hickory Valley Fire Department

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Col Gregg Wentworth

Chief of Optometry at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospitall

Term: 2021 - 2023

Tyler Brandes

Hickory Valley Fire Department

Gillian A. Tilbury

The CARNRITE Group, LLC.

Bob Evans

Retired Navy (civilian) Mechanical Engineer

Chris Pulley

Bank of America

Janeen Judah

Member of Board of Directors of Patterson-UTI Energy and Crestwood Equity Partners

Ed Shearer

The Shearer Group, Inc.

Bailey Pitts

VCA Animal Hospital

Col Greg Wentworth, ret USAF

Chief of Optometry at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital

Sophie Wimberley

Alkermes, Inc.

Capt. Corey Vickers

Tata Consultancy Services

Capt Kevin Bourgeois

Lapis Energy

Major Lisa Jaster

US Army Reserve/Shell Oil Company

John "Freddy" Frederick

Stone Creek Group/Epic Divers

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.