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Lend A Hand on Your Next Dive Vacation: Part I

save the reefs, maybe save on taxes

from the April, 2023 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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As a diver, you're undoubtedly concerned about marine conservation, having seen first-hand the damage to the oceans and reefs. If you're like most Undercurrent members, you're making plans now for your next dive trip abroad. Several years ago, the scientific community realized they needed "citizen scientists," committed folks who could make significant contributions to their research. Last year, volunteers contributed 57,223 hours to national marine sanctuaries alone and endless hours elsewhere.

When you volunteer for marine conservation, you can immerse yourself in a project for a week or more or find one where only a portion of your vacation is required. Volunteering won't be free because not only will you pay to get there, you'll most likely pay for housing and food, maybe even diving. The upside is that many groups offering programs are 501 (c)(3) organizations (that means they are registered nonprofits with the IRS). As a volunteer, you may deduct most, if not all, of your direct expenses from both federal and state income taxes. But the real upside is that you'll be doing the oceans a favor. Here are some activities to consider....

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