At the tail end of Breast Cancer Awareness month in late October, nonprofit organization Dive into the Pink held the first of three 2016 scuba events to benefit the Young Survival Coalition, an international organization dedicated to the critical issues of young women with breast cancer, and Project Pink Tank, a comprehensive investigation of diver health among breast-cancer survivors. Divers boarded Los Angeles-area dive boat the Asante for the Elly and Ellen oil platforms, where they enjoyed two dives in flat, calm conditions. Divers were encouraged to wear pink, and several pink gear items, including hoods from Terrapin Wetsuits, were made available. During the surface interval, divers got swag bags with gifts from Fourth Element and Scuba Do Rag. They also had the chance to win door prizes sponsored by Diving Unlimited International, Ned and Anna DeLoach/New World Productions, Bluewater Photo and San Diego Divers.
The month-long series of fun, pink-accented fundraising events based in Southern California kicked off at the beginning of October with an online auction, featuring chances to bid on exotic dive trips, underwater photography gear, personal training sessions, jewelry, and apparel.
About Dive into the Pink
Allison Vitsky Sallmon, a breast-cancer survivor, veteran scuba diver, and underwater photographer, founded Dive into the Pink in 2016 to raise money to fight cancer in an unconventional way: by mobilizing the scuba community through dive charters and dive-related activities. Dive into the Pink is a 501c3 organization, and 100 percent of its proceeds are redistributed.