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2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominees

The DEMA Reaching Out Award was first presented in 1989. This award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sport of diving by “reaching out” in some special way to improve the sport for everyone.

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This year PADI stalwart Al Hornsby and SSI’s Doug McNeese are the recipients of the 2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award. But who else was nominated for their work in developing recreational and technical diving?

The following are the 2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award nominees.

They include environmentalists, explorers, photographers, manufacturers and educators. The names are listed in alphabetical order. Some names will be familiar to you, some less so.

Click on a name or photo to find out more about these fascinating nominees.

Mike Ball

Mike Ball, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, scuba diving awards, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Richard Batchelder

Richard E. Batchelder, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Ccompressed Air Supplies, scuba diving awards, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Larry Beggs

Larry Beggs, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee. Reef Innovations, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Richard Bennett

Jeffery Bozanic

Jeff Bozanic, rebreathers, technical diving, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Ernest H. Brooks

Ernest Brooks, Ernie Brooks, underwater photographer, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Jonas Brandt

Jonas Brandt, poseidon rebreathers, MKVI, SE7EN, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Buddy Brown

Buddy Brown, TDI, SDI, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Curt Brown

JD Duff

JD Duff, underwater photography, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Lynn Funkhouser

Lynn Funkhouse, underwater photography, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Jerry Greenberg

 Jerry Greenberg, underwater photography, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Mark A. Gresham

Mark Gresham, scuba cylinder testing, PSI-PCI, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Wayne R. Hasson

Wayne Hasson, Aggressor Fleet, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Lamar Hires

Lamar Hires, Dive Rite, Jill Heinerth, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Jim Hollis

Jim Hollis, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Ian G. Koblick

Ian-Koblick, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Thomas J. Koch

Thomas J. Koch, deaf scuba diving instructor, PADI, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Thomas Leaird

Thomas Leaird, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Larry McKenna

Larry McKenna, save turtles, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Martin Parker

Martin Parker, AP Diving, Inspiration Rebreather, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Mike Pelissier & Jerry Peck

Mike Pelissier, Jerry Peck, full face masks, Ocean Technology Systems, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Margo Peyton

Margo Peyton, PADI, KIds Sea Camp, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Scubapro. Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Robert Quintana

Robert Quintana, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Lee Selisky

Lee Selisky, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Dale Sheckler

Dale Sheckler, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Richard Stewart

Richard H. Stewart IV, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Barbara L. Thomson

Barbara L. Thomson, Subsea Engineering Technologies, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Paul Wagenseller

Paul Wagenseller, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Kathy A. Weydig

Kathy Weydig, Women Divers Hall of Fame, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

Bruce R Wienke

Bruce R Wienke, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards,

Cristina Zenato

Cristina Zenato, Women Divers Hall of Fame, EUROTEK Diver of The Conference, shark advocate, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards, Mark Dixon

Armand & JoAnn Zigahn

Armand Zigahn, JoAnn Zigahn, Beneath The Sea Dive Show, DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominee, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Scouts, Scuba and Scholarships

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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a great organisation for boys and girls aged 14 to 21 keen to learn and improve their skills in, on and under the water. There are Sea Scout units (called ships) established across the USA on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes.

The program covers important leadership and life skills, and includes a healthy serving of fun activities, where young people can share interests. One such activity is scuba diving, where the next generation can earn valuable scuba training and certifications.

Boy Scouts of America, youth diving, scuba diving, USA, Kathy Weydig, Keith Christopher, Sea Scouts, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, scuba diving PR, The Underwater Marketing Company, DAN, Divers Alert Network, WDHOF, Women Divers Hall of FameIf you are curious about how you can integrate Sea Scouts into your diving training operation, come to Room S230 today (Thursday 17th November 2016) at the DEMA Show.

Kathy Weydig (WDHOF Founder, DAN Board Member), and Keith Christopher (National Director of Sea Scouts & Outdoor Programs with Boy Scouts of America) will share how interacting with these young and adventurous scouts helps encourage a lifetime love of diving and promotes conservation of the seas.

And there is funding available too! Did you know that PADI offers a multilevel scholarship program to introduce Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts to the exciting underwater world?

You can find out more today at 10.00.

Swanage Pier Trust Update

Swanage Pier, scuba diving, dorset, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company
On 5th July 2016 – a mere 16 days ago – I wrote in X-Ray Mag that a Crowdfunding campaign had been launched to raise funds for Swanage Pier. This iconic British scuba diving site on the south coast of England needs to replace 41 Greenheart timber piles following years of adverse sea conditions and waterborne woodworm damage.

The Swanage Pier Trust has successfully secured a heritage lottery grant of £800,000 to cover restoration costs. However there is a catch. In order to release this grant Swanage Pier Trust must raise £900,000 in matched funding by November 2016.

The July 2016 Crowdfunding campaign needed to raise £18,000 in 35 days. I am really delighted to confirm that when this campaign closed yesterday morning, £18,6350 had been donated.

UPSAC, University of Portsmouth Sub Aqua Club, Ryan Crawford, Swanage Pier, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyWhat has been even better news was that the British scuba diving community stepped up and helped hit this target by collectively raising £1,505!

The University of Portsmouth Sub-Aqua Club raised a massive £405 in less than a week, and then went on to inspire another local club – Swanwick Divers – to donate £250 as well. Nice one UPSAC.

Meanwhile two diving training agencies – the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) each donated £250.

On the pledge front, the Scuba Industries Trade Association (including IDEST) and the ‘Real AP Divers’ Facebook group have pledged £250 and £100 respectively.

Thank you everyone who gave something towards the Swanage Pier Trust.

 

 

RAID Joins RSTC US Council

RAID, Rebreather Association of International Divers, Jim Holliday, RSTC, Recreational Scuba Training Council, Dan Orr, Paul Toomer, James Rogers, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news, Diving PR

The Recreational Scuba Training Council Board of Directors has confirmed that they are welcoming the diving training agency RAID as a member of the RSTC.A vote was held earlier this year and it was unanimously agreed that the Rebreather Association of International Divers will join the RSTC US as an Associate Member.

The RSTC announced changes to its membership criteria in November 2015 to accept members at two levels, Associate Member and Voting Member. This strategic change is driven by RSTC wishing to actively improve diver safety, and increase membership. RAID was the first training organization to answer that call.

RAID CEO Jim Holliday confirmed that “RAID is proud to be accepted as an RSTC Associate Member and RAID is committed to meet its commitment to help uphold the safety standards of the RSTC.

Dan Orr, RSTC Coordinator said, “we are very pleased to have another agency join our council.” He went on to say, “RAID was very enthusiastic and jumped at the chance to join. We look forward to their active participation.

RSTC training requirements are recognised around the world as the global industry standard. New members are assessed to ensure compliance with RSTC standards. Members must make an ongoing commitment to ensure compliance with RSTC standards.

Scuba training organizations interested in applying for membership with the RSTC may download membership information here.

RAID, which was founded in 2007, joins PADI, PDIC, SDI and SSI as members of the Recreational Scuba Training Council.

#TBT – “Make A Meaningful Difference” says PADI’s Drew Richardson

The ‘Beneath The Sea‘ show celebrated a major birthday earlier this month.

Beneath The Sea Show, 40th anniversary, Scuba diving show, Armand Zigahn, Chris Sasso, Robert Ricke, JoAnn Zigahn, Robert Schrager, Maria Hults, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Women Divers Hall of FameThis USA based scuba diving event was founded in 1976, making this the 40th year Beneath The Sea has recognised divers who have made significant and lasting contributions in the fields of the arts, education, environment, service and science.

Included in the 2016 ‘Diver Of The Year’ Class was Dr Drew Richardson for Service. Drew is PADI Worldwide’s President & CEO.

Here is Drew’s acceptance speech.

“Thank you. I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition as there are so many other more worthy recipients out in the world.

I’m passionate about diving and I’ve dedicated most of my life to it – to improving dive training to help make divers confident, competent and comfortable underwater.

Many of you may not know this, but I lost my brother in a diving accident when I was eighteen. My brothers and I were all experienced watermen- competitive swimmers, water polo players, lifeguards and divers. In large part, his passing was a catalyst in my decision to dedicate my life to diving education and exploration and contributing to helping make it safer for all who choose to try it.

I owe this honor to the many people who have worked with me over the years to make diving more than diving. To make it about changing lives.

As I see it, when we bring people into diving, going underwater is just the start. We’re not just in the dive business, we’re in the life transformation business.

Think about all of the amazing leaders who, through diving, change lives every day. A lot of these folks are in this room right now.

Look at the women recognized here tonight in the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Cody Unser, you are a shining light and a rock star! Congratulations on this recognition. You open new doors every day for those who may have long thought them shut.

WDHOF, Dawn Kernagis, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Beneath the Sea, scuba show, dive show, Drew Richardson, Project Pink Tank, EUROTEK, Women Divers Hall of Fame, Dr Neal W Pollock

Dr Dawn Kernagis

And, Dawn Kernagis, well done to you, as well. Your contributions in diving physiology, research and exploration in diving are for the betterment of all divers.

Margo Peyton isn’t here tonight, but she’s inspiring the next generation to become divers and join the ranks of dive professionals, leaders and ocean advocates. All of the Women Diver Hall of Fame members are all special and remarkable in their own right as leaders and role models. They change lives every day.

And then there’s my fellow Diver of the Year and Diving Pioneer award recipients. Wayne [Hasson], congratulations to you on receiving the 2016 Diving Pioneer award – this award is well deserved.

Fabien Cousteau, congratulations to you, as well, and thank you for carrying on your family’s legacy.

Richard [Lutz], congratulations and thank you for sharing the impact and importance of a perceived alien world with millions, influencing them to care.

Wendy [Benchley], thank you for standing up for shark protection to ensure future generations will have the opportunity to experience these majestic creatures.

And, to my friend, Bill Ziefle, thank you for standing up for diver safety through the efforts of DAN to ensure there’s help divers when they need it the most.

And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the Beneath the Sea steering committee . . . Zig and JoAnne, Bob and Maria — along with all of the show volunteers who have humbly supported and served the dive community for 40 years. Their efforts have changed hundreds of thousands of lives over the years and provided new opportunity to our diving youth. They are the lighting rod in bringing us all together as a community. Thank you.

Dr Drew Richardson, PADI CEO, RF3, Rebreather Forum 3, Beneath the Sea Awards, Diver Of The Year, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, acceptance speech, award speech,

Dr Drew Richardson

As divers, this is what we do. Through many ways, means and methods, we change lives. Some of us change lives in big ways, and others in small ways. But, it’s all significant.

I am honored to be among you all.

When I think about the future, I think about the ways we can inspire the global family of divers to stand together to pay it forward. To care about something much larger than ourselves, this includes adaptive scuba and also about as a community paying it forward by about turning around to the next person in line and helping them along on their journey.

This includes ocean conservation, underwater cultural heritage and preservation, and defending and protecting our ocean. While, as individuals, we all touch lives for the better, together we can make a meaningful difference.

There’s no group better positioned to accomplish these things than divers.

Success depends upon you – and every diver around the world – taking action. Let’s work together to unite a global force of divers to drive forward as agents to change. Let’s join together to take care of this gift that takes care of all of us. Now that’s life transforming.

I never get tired of seeing the PADI family change lives with diving. While this is reward enough, I deeply appreciate this recognition of my contributions to the industry and sport. I will use it to help inspire other to change lives and band together to save our oceans.

Thank you.”

Diving Legend Jack W Lavanchy Dies

Today – Wednesday 27th January – we are exactly half way thought the 2016 Boot Show in Dusseldorf. A day that is celebrated by the exhibitors. As I write this, the clock is ticking until the Boot Show closes for the day. For this evening all the exhibitors at this amazing event join together to have a beer and share stories at a special party. Most the stories are joyous tales. Some are less so. As I walked into the dive hall this morning, I was grabbed by Dick Lucas, who told me the sober news that diving legend Jack W. Lavanchy had died overnight.

The word that everyone who knew him would use to describe him is “gentleman”. He was a pleasure to be with and always had the vision for all divers to work together for the benefit of the sport.

Mark Caney, Vice President, PADI Technical Diving Division

Jack W. Lavanchy, Mark Caney, PADI, Glaukos, CMAS, Aqualung, JWL, Project AWARE, International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Tauchen Awards, Richard Lucas, Lucas Dive Centre, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

If you are a scuba diver, Jack Lavanchy is a name you ought to know. So let me tell you something about one of the early pioneers of the European Scuba Diving Industry.

What I liked about Jack was that he never had any fire. He always tried to see and do things together so that both parties benefited. A lot of people only look at their own profit margin. Jack Lavanchy always made sure the that he brought everyone along with him.

Richard Lucas, Lucas Dive Centre

Jack, known as ‘Jacky’ by many, was born in Switzerland. By 1947 he was living in Cannes, France. His house overlooked the sea and it was here he observed people snorkelling and skin diving the Mediterranean waters.

I first started snorkelling in Cannes in 1948 and in 1950 I did my first scuba dive in the Mediterranean with “Club Alpin-Sous-Marin de Cannes”.

Jack Lavanchy

By the early 1960s he had become an instructor.

Jack Lavanchy was an active member of Switzerland’s oldest dive club, ‘Glaukos’. He held several posts over the years within Glaukos, including Secretary, Vice-President, President and Head of the Technical Committee. He worked with the Swiss Diving Federation as the Glaukos delegate and attended CMAS General Assemblies. Apparently Lavanchy was a fervent supporter of simplicity and safety in teaching methods. He supported the development of the CMAS Scientific Commission.

We met all over the globe, where ever there was diving. I first met him when I crossed over from CMAS to PADI. I am lucky he mentored me. I loved the fact that with Jacky a handshake meant something. He was an old fashioned businessman in that he dealt with honour and had integrity and ethics. Today the diving world is a little poorer because he no longer walks amongst us.

Matthias Breit, Dive Point Red Sea

In 1956 Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s pioneering documentary ‘The Silent World’ was released. It inspired many people including Jack Lavanchy.

In 1965 I became Switzerland’s exclusive agent for La Spirotechnique and subsequently TECHNISUB. Then in 1968 I became their agent for Germany and Austria.

Jack Lavanchy

Jack Lavanchy established and co-owned JWL (Jack William Lavanchy) for thirty years. It later evolved into JWL Aqualung AG and was a major scuba gear distribution company. He also manufactured equipment under the name of JWL including weight belts, gloves, boots and neoprene suits.

My goal has always been to make the manufacturing and selling of diving equipment a serious professional and honourable business. I did everything I could to bring the Diving Industry closer together, instead of spending money, time and energy in quarrelling and lawsuits!

Jack Lavanchy

In 1983 Jack Lavanchy and his business partner Jürg Beeli were granted the European and Maldives franchise from PADI. Lavanchy and Beeli had recognised the potential for PADI to improve diver training and grow scuba diving in Europe and founded PADI European Services (PES). A year later, in 1984, the PADI European College was established. PES transitioned into PADI Europe in 1988 before becoming part of PADI EMEA.

I have always fought for unity and collaboration. It does not matter if you are a member of SSI, CMAS or PADI. The main thing is that you are a diver who dives safely and motivates other people to dive.

Jack Lavanchy

Jack W Lavanchy, Jürg Beeli, Henri Hemmerechts, Werner Thomaier, Aqua Lung Germany, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, TECHNISUB, JWL, PADI Europe, Matthias Breit, Dive Point Red, La Spirotechnique, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The Silent World,

Image courtesy of PADI

Jack Lavanchy passionately believed in conserving and protecting the underwater environment. To this end in 1996 he launched Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education) Foundation in Europe. Project AWARE encouraged diver participation, ie beach clean ups, and grew to become one of Europe’s most active and influential marine environmental organisations.

The more divers there are, the more they can convince the non-divers and authorities how important it is to preserve and protect the underwater realm.

Jack Lavanchy

Under Lavanchy’s leadership PADI experienced double-digit growth, growing into Europe’s largest diver training organisation.

JWL Aqualung AG also enjoyed commercial success, and in 1995 Beeli and Lavanchy sold their shares in the company to Aqualung International.

Over the years I have tried to bring the diving equipment manufacturers and the training agencies closer together. It is only through close collaboration that we can make snorkelling and scuba diving grow further, so that more people can admire and enjoy this fascinating underwater world.

Jack Lavanchy

During his long career Jack Lavanchy was a valuable member of many boards which influenced the European diving industry. His contributions were recognised as he received numerous honors and titles, including:

  • Historical Diving Society Advisory Board
  • International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
  • European Underwater Federation Honorary Vice President

His contributions will be missed, but Jack himself will be missed the most.

PADI

Writing this, I found myself mentally transported back to last year’s Boot Show. I was lucky enough to be in the audience at the Tauchen Awards, to see Werner Thomaier, General Manager of Aqua Lung Germany announce that Jack Lavanchy was to receive the 2015 Tauchen Honorary Award.

This presentation recognised his lifetime achievements and his many years of dedication, service and commitment to the sport of diving. The level of applause in the room indicated the agreement and support by the audience.

He made it possible for dive centre and shows like this (Boot) to get established. He built bridges. He was the nicest person in the diving industry.

Dick Lucas, NAUI Europe

He has been an example to all of us that it is possible to have every competitor work together at the table. He was the one with an open mind. We are going to miss this most.

Jan Oldenhuizing, personal friend of Jack

Jack Lavanchy was a captain in our industry. A legend. And a very sweet, nice person.

Henri Hemmerechts, Association of Dive Professionals

PADI Divers Benefit From Natural History Museum Ticket Offer

Natural History Museum, PADI, Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea, scuba diving, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyGot one these? Then you can take advantage of a great offer from the Natural History Museum, London.

PADI divers and professionals have the opportunity of attending a special exhibition entitled “Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea” at the South Kensingon based museum.

This exhibition is now open. But don’t hang about. It closes on Sunday 13th September 2015.

Simpy present your PADI Certification card or eCard at the exhibition ticket desk and you can get free entry to the Coral Reef expo when you purchase another adult ticket for the same exhibition.