Update from the Founder and President
I hope the New Year is off to a good start and will be a healthy and productive one for you. Building on the success of our 20-year anniversary in 2023, when we introduced new initiatives, ran four week-long programs, and had a highly successful Charity Partner Team in the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon, we are putting together a robust agenda for 2024.
Last year, we hosted Discover SCUBA events in three cities in the US (Rochester, NY, Columbus, OH, and Spokane, WA), to expand our reach and source participants for our summer programs. This year, we will return to those cities for a second round of Discover SCUBA events and will add two more cities to our schedule (Chicago, IL, and New York City).
We have already met with our partner hotels in Cayman (The Marriott, The Westin and The Ritz-Carlton) and all have agreed to continue to provide their generous sponsorship support this summer. We are immensely grateful for all our Cayman-based sponsors who enable us to run our programs.
Three Stay-Focused alumni, who embarked on their Divemaster certification journeys in 2023, are on track to complete the process this year. This is a noteworthy accomplishment for each of them and we congratulate them on their perseverance and success.
We have been given 10 BIBs for our Charity Partner Team in this year’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon, which is great news. This will be our seventh year as a Charity Partner and we have set a team goal of $125,000, which will make it our most successful fundraiser to date. And I will be joining the team at the age of 75 for “one last dance” around the five boroughs. I know it will be challenging, but I am “staying focused” on crossing the Finish Line on November 3rd.
Here’s to 2024 and being bold!
Founder and President, Stay-Focused