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School of Military Divers

military units 1472, 1420, 1594, 1688

244 people

donated

331 145 UAH (11 983 USD)

of 349 373 UAH (12 642 USD) needed

94% raised

Updated 20.02.2019 at 17:49
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Project coordinator:

Konstantin Mirgorodsky

+380 99 303 71 86

What is the project about:


In the spring of 2014 Russian Federation occupied the Ukrainian Crimea. Along with the Ukrainian lands, the occupiers also grabbed our military facilities where military diving professionals were trained. Both facilities along with material resources and certain part of officer corps who had violated their oath, remained on the Crimeas occupied territory. While Ukraine found itself with a limited number of qualified specialists, actually deprived of further possibility to train them properly.



We have 1300 kms of common sea border, an aggressor by side and an immediate threat of a momentary blockade of our maritime trade routes and sea ports. This would mean a near-fatal element of the economic war for our country. That is why we desperately need to have well-trained military divers, undersea saboteurs as well as other skilled submarine specialists in sufficient quantity.



In October 2019, in Odesa, a separate Diving School has been established on the basis of the Navy of Ukraine. The School is designed to prepare military divers and skilled submarine professionals. The divers will be trained for both the Navy and the Army: their specialties will vary from SpecOps officers to sappers, reconnaissance and sabotage groups, and even paratroopers as well as search and rescue professionals and law enforcement officers. In every field where staff divers are needed, these will be trained here.



It was truly kind of our old friends and partners to let us join in the project and support re-emergence of the Diving school at the national level. The School of Military Divers is a volunteer association of enthusiasts, military divers sharing the common idea of restoration of the submarine force of Ukraine. Previously, the participants of the volunteer initiative supported and trained only individual units and specialists, and now the School of Military Divers coaches are among the founders of the Navy Diving School: its mission is to train not only qualified individuals but also those able to share their practical experience and train their colleagues.

 What the money will go to


We need to consider this matter with due understanding though. As the Naval School has still being in its initial stage of development, not everything works perfectly in practice so far. Sometimes we face the situations when certain force-majeure emerges, be it the lack of necessary equipment, insurmountable odds or the circumstances that require non-standard solutions.



Sometimes it is necessary to buy certain equipment, the other day to rent out a room or a pool for the recruitstraining. Right, as experience has shown many times, this also happens. Soon, we will need to take care of the boat which contributors provided for the needs of the Forces of Special Operations diving unit. Major part of the equipment necessary for its repair has been funded by volunteers at their own expense, while our task here will be to assist them with the associated current expenditures, for the boat to get deployed in patrolling as soon as possible. By the way, the amount to be accumulated for this purpose, is rather small and could be raised in one day. As our experience shows, we can easily cope with even harder tasks.


 To ensure the continuity of our military diverstraining process, not to let minor stuff like this prevent the strengthening of our Navy, to forge our common victory in this war together, and, finally, to secure our very existence as a state, we decided to reopen the School of Military Divers project and go on with fundraising within this initiative.


What we have already achieved


The project commonly run by People’s Project and the team of experienced instructors of the School of Military Divers, exists since 2016. Then, in the course of the first stage, we started to teach swimming (from the scratch) the servicemen of the Sea Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on the Sea of Azov; later, we bought and sent them equipment for more than a hundred thousand hryvnias. The results of this work exceeded our boldest expectations!


Last year we continued training, for the servicemen to be able to meet the standards of military diving that are rather high: the guys need to continuously improve their skills and refine their professional knowledge.



Within the second stage, we supported and equipped monitor teams carrying out operational patrols at sea and maintaining the naval infrastructure facilities in a fit and safe condition. Among the other activities, they learned to hold their breath, to work blind, to rescue people on the water and find explosives under the sea.


Apart from the two years of the School of Military Divers’ existence, we provided assistance to many diving units, namely to the 73rd Dozor-M Naval special operations center, the Center for De-mining, and other military units.



We taught divers; bought new equipment and maintained their present diving gear; helped to organize a swimming competition and an aquathlon tournament.


•     The Naval Special Forces fighters today work in the equipment we bought them; the Sea Guard servicemen protecting the waters near Mariupol have been trained and equipped within our Project.


•     Last year, during the water obstacle course completion, the gear we sent to our military, helped the divers of the Center for De-mining to save three people and pull out two drowned APCs from underwater.


• One of the Project’s former students, a sea guard, took part in the arrest of the Russian Nord vessel.



•     Also, thanks to our consulting assistance, the Ukrainian Naval Forces for the first time over many years have managed to renew teaching of underwater welders which is a unique and highly demanding diving specification.



Within the third stage of the project, we spent a quarter of a million hryvnias for purchasing diving equipment and rent of a special pool in the city of Odesa. The team of instructors provided the cadets with free diving equipment, manuals and handbooks, literature, mine and explosives models and the rest of the materials necessary in the course of the teaching process.



The divers got trained both in the pool and on the open waters. During the course we trained their swimming and underwater wrestling skills; exercised some special techniques developed by the US Navy SEALS, as well as mastered their handling the closed cycle apparatuses and underwater scooters.




Within the fourth stage, we have equipped the Airborne Rescue Group (ARG) of the 10th Naval Aviation Brigade. The Airborne Rescue Group’s key responsibilities include rescuing the crews of the aircraft and helicopters damaged in action; convoying the ships of the Ukrainian Navy during military exercises, providing parachuting services for the Marines and many other things. The group also gets often engaged in nation-wide search and rescue activities on the sea. Under any weather conditions, day or night, immediately after the flight clearance command, the servicemen of the ARG are ready to evacuate an injured sailor from a commercial vessel or rescue fishermen who got in trouble at stormy sea. Despite the fact we raised less funds than it had been previously planned, our colleagues volunteers, individual sponsors and old Navy friends helped us satishy essential needs on the project.



Today, we continue to not only meet current demands but implement our long-term commitments. So, dear friends, come join in: do we need to explain this project’s vital necessity for Ukraine’s survival as a state? 


  • 19August2019

    Project budget increased by UAH 4 128. The money saved due to a discount from the seller on dry-type wetsuits.

  • 20March2019

    Project budget increased by UAH 109 864. The fourth stage of the project has commenced. This time, we need your help to raise funds to purchase equipment for the rescue parachute-landing group of 10th naval aviation brigade.

  • 25May2018

    Project budget reduced by UAH 5 249 at the expense of the reduction of the cost of the pool rental for training.

  • 22May2018

    Project budget increased by UAH 34 080. Six wetsuits Cressi sub Fisterra for swimmers of 73rd Marine special operations center added to the budget.

  • 03May2018

    Project budget increased by UAH 26 790. We are launching the third stage of the project that is created to help military divers, to train them and supply with necessary diving equipment.


Stage 3
Scubapro Zoom diving mask
Scubapro Zoom diving mask
paid 100%
12/12 un.
6 792 UAH
Marseillas elastic belt
Marseillas elastic belt
paid 100%
12/12 un.
3 168 UAH
Rental of the swimming pool of Odesa Marine Academy
Rental of the swimming pool of Odesa Marine Academy
paid 100%
1/1 un.
9 000 UAH
for training
Wetsuits
Wetsuits
paid 100%
3/3 un.
59 904 UAH
Stage 2
High pressure adapter
High pressure adapter
paid 100%
6/6 un.
2 358 UAH
Medium pressure hose Poseidon, 16 mm
Medium pressure hose Poseidon, 16 mm
paid 100%
5/5 un.
2 025 UAH
High pressure adapter
High pressure adapter
paid 100%
6/6 un.
4 272 UAH
Low pressure adapter
Low pressure adapter
paid 100%
6/6 un.
4 950 UAH
Gauge hose holder
Gauge hose holder
paid 100%
6/6 un.
3 072 UAH
Bandage for fixing the regulator to the neck
Bandage for fixing the regulator to the neck
paid 100%
6/6 un.
630 UAH
Module for compass FS-2
Module for compass FS-2
paid 100%
1/1 un.
875 UAH
Manometer SPG OMS-63 mm
Manometer SPG OMS-63 mm
paid 100%
1/1 un.
1 285 UAH
Rental of the swimming pool in Mariupol
Rental of the swimming pool in Mariupol
paid 100%
328/328 Hours
16 400 UAH
Rental of the swimming pool in Kyiv for instrucots
Rental of the swimming pool in Kyiv for instrucots
paid 100%
2/2 Months
7 200 UAH
Stage 1
Wetsuit Sub Gear Base LX, 6,5 mm
Wetsuit Sub Gear Base LX, 6,5 mm
paid 100%
4/4 un.
12 400 UAH
Best Divers, 5 mm neoprene diving gloves
Best Divers, 5 mm neoprene diving gloves
paid 100%
6/6 un.
4 800 UAH
Bypass hose, 300 atm pressure gauge
Bypass hose, 300 atm pressure gauge
paid 100%
1/1 un.
2 600 UAH
Seac Sub
Seac Sub "Marseille" rubber dive belt
paid 100%
6/6 un.
2 400 UAH
Scubapro Jet Fin flippers XXL with spring fasteners
Scubapro Jet Fin flippers XXL with spring fasteners
paid 100%
2/2 un.
5 550 UAH
1.5 kg lead lap dive belt
1.5 kg lead lap dive belt
paid 100%
50/50 un.
5 000 UAH
Sub Gear Apnea snorkel
Sub Gear Apnea snorkel
paid 100%
10/10 un.
2 000 UAH
Buoy signal / control OMS
Buoy signal / control OMS
paid 100%
2/2 un.
2 550 UAH
Sub Gear No Zip wet thermal boots
Sub Gear No Zip wet thermal boots
paid 100%
5/5 un.
2 740 UAH
Silicone for gaskets
Silicone for gaskets
paid 100%
1/1 un.
30 UAH
Metal (channel, sheet, pin) for the manufacture of
Metal (channel, sheet, pin) for the manufacture of "Herringbone" simulator
paid 100%
2/2 un.
4 185 UAH
Steel balloon with 15 l valve, 230 atm
Steel balloon with 15 l valve, 230 atm
paid 100%
1/1 un.
5 900 UAH
Polypropylene rope, 200 m, 12 mm
Polypropylene rope, 200 m, 12 mm
paid 100%
1/1 un.
2 040 UAH
Wetsuit Sub Gear Definition short
Wetsuit Sub Gear Definition short
paid 100%
6/6 un.
9 160 UAH
Sub Gear XP 10 decompressimeter
Sub Gear XP 10 decompressimeter
paid 100%
1/1 un.
4 200 UAH
Sub Gear SEAL hood
Sub Gear SEAL hood
paid 100%
2/2 un.
710 UAH
Scubapro Jet Fin flippers XL with spring fasteners
Scubapro Jet Fin flippers XL with spring fasteners
paid 100%
4/4 un.
10 200 UAH
Scubapro Nova Light 720 underwater lantern
Scubapro Nova Light 720 underwater lantern
paid 100%
2/2 un.
4 200 UAH
Cressi Orca diving knife
Cressi Orca diving knife
paid 100%
1/1 un.
1 450 UAH
 Cressi Giant diving knife
Cressi Giant diving knife
paid 100%
5/5 un.
7 250 UAH
Underwater notebook
Underwater notebook
paid 100%
2/2 un.
500 UAH
Scubapro Jet Sport full foot flippers
Scubapro Jet Sport full foot flippers
paid 100%
2/2 un.
1 840 UAH
Rental of the swimming pool in Mariupol
Rental of the swimming pool in Mariupol
paid 100%
308/308 Hours
11 396 UAH
Acrylic whiteboard
Acrylic whiteboard
paid 100%
1/1 un.
1 650 UAH
Sub Gear Steel Comp dive mask
Sub Gear Steel Comp dive mask
paid 100%
10/10 un.
5 600 UAH
Neoprene glue
Neoprene glue
paid 100%
1/1 un.
100 UAH
Vinyl weight set, 4 kg - 10 pc, 10 kg - 2 pc
Vinyl weight set, 4 kg - 10 pc, 10 kg - 2 pc
paid 100%
1/1 un.
2 256 UAH
Wetsuit Sub Gear Definition overall II, 7 mm
Wetsuit Sub Gear Definition overall II, 7 mm
paid 100%
2/2 un.
8 520 UAH
Sub Gear Comfort Zip wet thermal boots
Sub Gear Comfort Zip wet thermal boots
paid 100%
1/1 un.
480 UAH
Stage 4
Military Resuce Swimmer Dry-Suit
Military Resuce Swimmer Dry-Suit
paid 100%
2/2 un.
79 200 UAH
Tactical swimming boots Altama
Tactical swimming boots Altama
paid 0%
0/2 un.
7 936 UAH
Aqualung para swimmer west
Aqualung para swimmer west
paid 0%
0/2 un.
18 600 UAH

Totally:   349 373.00 UAH


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Requisites

PrivatBank for UAH transfers

Mykolaiv regional charitable foundation “BLAGOCHESTYA REGIONAL FUND”
PC CB PrivatBank
SREOU: 36143302
MFO: 326610
Account:26000053212526
Purpose of payment: charity donation for ‘school of military divers’

SWIFT-transfer in USD

BENEFICIARY: Charitable Foundation BLAGOCHESTA
Account: UA803266100000026009053209659
Bank of beneficiary: Privatbank,Ukraine
Swift code: PBANUA2X
Intermediary bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York
Swift code: CHASUS33
Correspondent account: 001-1-000080
Description: Donation for ‘School of military divers’ project

SWIFT-transfer in EUR

BENEFICIARY: Charitable Foundation BLAGOCHESTA
Account: UA413266100000026009053206287
Bank of beneficiary: Privatbank,Ukraine
Swift code: PBANUA2X
Intermediary bank: Commerzbank AG,Germany
Swift code: COBADEFF
Correspondent account: 400 8867 00401
Description: Donation for ‘School of military divers’ project

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PrivatBank for UAH transfers

Mykolaiv regional charitable foundation “BLAGOCHESTYA REGIONAL FUND”
PC CB PrivatBank
SREOU: 36143302
MFO: 326610
Account:26000053212526
Purpose of payment: charity donation for ‘school of military divers’

SWIFT-transfer in USD

BENEFICIARY: Charitable Foundation BLAGOCHESTA
Account: UA803266100000026009053209659
Bank of beneficiary: Privatbank,Ukraine
Swift code: PBANUA2X
Intermediary bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York
Swift code: CHASUS33
Correspondent account: 001-1-000080
Description: Donation for ‘School of military divers’ project

SWIFT-transfer in EUR

BENEFICIARY: Charitable Foundation BLAGOCHESTA
Account: UA413266100000026009053206287
Bank of beneficiary: Privatbank,Ukraine
Swift code: PBANUA2X
Intermediary bank: Commerzbank AG,Germany
Swift code: COBADEFF
Correspondent account: 400 8867 00401
Description: Donation for ‘School of military divers’ project

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