The National Scubadiving Schools (NSD) is one of the oldest and largest scuba divers schools in the world.
But it has been in a state of limbo for years, with a state tax and funding crunch that has kept the doors open.
Now, the program is back on track with a new executive director, John Cavanaugh, who will take over after the end of the summer and bring in new funding and funding sources.
The NSDS is a state-run, 501(c)(3) program that recruits scuba and diving students.
The school was established in 1966.
The new NSD director is a former dive instructor, John P. Cavanaugh.
He worked in the school’s diving department and is now an instructor himself.
The NSDS program has struggled to make up for the financial crunch of the 1990s, with its $1 million budget and annual dues of $15,000 each.
The program has also struggled with staff turnover and the lack of support for training and certification, among other issues.
The program has been struggling with staffing for some time, as the state of Washington had a severe funding shortage.
In 2014, the state cut its funding by 50 percent and slashed the NSDS’ budget by nearly 90 percent, leaving the school without enough staff to support the program.
But this year, the NSD is planning to cut the program’s operating budget by about 40 percent to $1.8 million.
The cuts will leave the NSDs $3.8 billion in debt, according to the Associated Press.
The university has asked for $2.8 to $4 million from the state to help pay for its operations.
The legislature recently approved $2 million from a bond, but the state has not appropriated any funds.
State lawmakers passed a law in 2013 that would provide the NSBs funding for the next two years, but it has not been implemented yet.
In 2018, the legislature approved $4.5 million in funding to help cover NSDs annual operating expenses, but that amount is expected to be slashed to $2,000 to $3,000 this year.
The remaining money is expected only to be a fraction of the state’s funding for 2017.
Cavanaugh, in his first press conference since taking the helm, said the school needs to do its part to make sure the NSds funding is properly applied and that it can afford to maintain the program as it did during the recession.
“The last three years have been tough for us, because the economy is not great, the economy has been a real challenge for many people,” Cavanaugh said.
“The NSD has been the engine of our economy for the last 20 years, and we have to be there for our students and the people that come to us.”
We have to keep the program afloat and have enough funds to maintain it,” he added.
The university said it is currently working with the state on how it can apply for additional state funding to support its operation.
The state’s 2018-19 general fund budget is expected be passed this week, and Cavanaugh expects to bring in additional funding.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.