A large portion of SDOF’s funding comes from annual fundraisers, which help support our programs while providing a platform to spread our message of ocean stewardship.


The Dive-a-Thon is SDOF’s largest fundraiser of the year, with the goal to “get divers diving” – while spreading our message of ocean stewardship. Similar to a walk-a-thon, divers seek financial pledges from friends and family to support their diving goal during the months of July & August. Some divers choose to set fundraising goals while others compete to log the most minutes underwater. ANY diver in the USA can register for this event, and registered divers can get credit for dives completed ANYWHERE in the world.

Prizes are awarded based on points: Each $1 raised earns you 2 points. Each 1 minute logged earns you 1 point. Previous prizes have included an ALL expense paid trip for two to Fiji, Whites dry suit, 2 for 1 dive trip to FIJI, dive computers, BCDs, dive gear, restaurant gift certificates and tickets to local attractions.

The tax-deductible registration fee is $25 and includes a FREE event t-shirt.


Do you have a car, truck, boat, RV, motor home, motorcycle, or off road vehicle that would like to donate and receive a tax-deduction? Cars 4 Causes is the perfect way to directly support SDOF!

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Sustainable Seafood Gala

The Sustainable Seafood Gala is SDOF’s annual gala for community members to join us to reflect on SDOF’s accomplishments in the last year, look forward to the next and present the Roger Revelle Award to a deserving recipient.

Each year, SDOF seeks to host this event at a unique location, with attractions and music, a cocktail hour and a sumptuous dinner at a reasonable price. The evening is filled with entertainments of all sorts and is always fun and enjoyable, never “stuffy” or dull!

SDOF’s most prestigious honor, the Roger Revelle Award, is awarded annually to a San Diegan in science, academia, industry, military, recreation or philanthropy who demonstrates personal initiative in encouraging stewardship of the world’s precious ocean resources. The award is named for the late Dr. Revelle, the fifth director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the driving force in creating the University of California, San Diego, and the first Director of the Center for Population Studies at Harvard.

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