Foundation Overview

Who We Are

A deeply committed team of business professionals, scuba diving professionals, members of the military, and patriots who want to give back to those men, women, and surviving family members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

What We Are

A 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation founded in 2006 by Patrick Duffy and Patrick Duffy Jr., and headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

What We Do

Fund, develop, and implement ongoing therapeutic scuba diving programs for the following core focus groups:

  • Injured U.S. military personnel (Wounded Warriors)
  • Family members of Wounded Warriors
  • Surviving family members of fallen U.S. Special Operations Forces personnel (Gold Star Families).
Our Mission

To promote scuba diving among our core focus groups as a fundamental cornerstone of their therapy, rehabilitation, healing, and personal development.

Extensive Operating Experience

To our knowledge, we have more experience training wounded U.S. military personnel and Gold Star families to scuba dive than any other group in the United States. We have been successfully developing, implementing, and conducting scuba instruction and certification programs for our core groups since we began at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2006. Since 2006, our staff has taught adaptive scuba to the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed through their Adaptive Sports Department, trained and certified severely wounded soldiers and marines in unique locations like Guantanamo Bay Cuba, developed and implemented a scuba training program for the Special Operations Gold Star Families (surviving family members of Special Operations warriors killed in Afghanistan and Iraq), and conducted scuba trips to train and certify students throughout the world to places such as the Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Cozumel Mexico, North Carolina, and the Florida Keys.

Proven Reputation

In addition to working with wounded U.S. military personnel, we offer scuba instruction, certification, and ongoing diving opportunities to Gold Star families of fallen Special Forces members in a safe, discreet, and confidential manner. In support of the Task Force Dagger Foundation, in June 2012 we designed and implemented the first scuba program for Gold Star families at TFD’s annual Dagger Dive event in Key West Florida. We have pledged our continued support to TFD and plans are currently underway for a second Gold Star program for Dagger Dive 2013.

Range of Capabilities

We offer a complete range of scuba instruction and training programs beyond basic “open water” to match the goals and abilities of our participants, i.e. Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Nitrox, Divemaster, etc., including handicap scuba certifications where appropriate.

Comprehensive Approach

Our programs are comprehensive; we not only develop and conduct the academic and “confined water” portions of a variety of dive training certifications, we also provide the travel and resources to accomplish the “open water” portion of the training to complete dive certification requirements.

Cost Effeciency

Because the Chatham Bay Foundation is able to utilize the back-office operating platform of the Chatham Bay Group to offset the costs associated with administrative support, marketing, compliance & reporting etc., currently 95% of donations received go directly to fund our programs. This low overhead cost relative to production enables us to be both efficient and effective.


CBF scuba diving instructors and staff have over 35 years of collective professional scuba diving experience and have certified over 1,100 students.


In addition to conducting adaptive scuba training at Walter Reed and training Special Operations Gold Star families at Fort Bragg and across the country, our staff plan, fund, and oversee required open water check out dives to various locations throughout the world including:

  • The Cayman Islands
  • Bonnaire
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • The Florida Keys

CBF is a proud sponsor of the Task Force Dagger Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project. Disabled Sports USA, and TAPS (the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors).

Scuba diving is the ultimate family activity, providing equal parts adventure and relaxation. Once the basics scuba skills are mastered, there is a wide variety of specialties to pursue depending on personal interest including: underwater naturalist/fish Identification, underwater photography, underwater videography, wreck diving / marine archeology, underwater navigation, etc.

Our experience and the first-hand testimonials from injured military personnel and Goldstar Families who have gone through our program prove beyond the shadow of a doubt, the therapeutic benefits of scuba diving to the human body and spirit.


The buoyant properties of the water provide an escape from the pain of injuries.


The sense of flying that is achieved through scuba affords the diver access to amazing seascapes and the opportunity to interact with the marine environment in ways that have lasting, positive, effects long after the ascent to dry land.


Diving provides a unique opportunity for family members to bond with one another as they share new experiences and learn an entirely new set of skills.

Patrick Duffy Jr.

Endeavor Life Sciences

(PADI IDC Staff Instructor & Handicap Scuba Association Instructor)

Patrick Duffy

Chatham Bay Group, LLC – Executive Director

(PADI IDC Staff Instructor & Handicap Scuba Association Instructor)

Jay Freebery

Chatham Bay Group, LLC – Secretary

(PADI Dive Master)

James Freebery, Esq.

McCarter & English, L.L.P.

(PADI Advanced Diver)

Boyd Renner

Endeavor Life Sciences

U.S. Navy SEAL (ret)

Chris Donnelly

25 Fathoms Consulting, LLC

(PADI Course Director)

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