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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

 

 

 

 

 

#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.

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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.”

‘Health Of Divers’ Presentation Wins UHMS Award

Undersea  & Hyperbaric Medical Society Awards, UHMS Awards, scuba diving medicine, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company The Undersea  & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is the primary source of information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide. Last month the UHMS held their annual scientific meeting in Montreal, Canada. During the conference 113 posters and 42 oral presentations were given, including two by researchers from DDRC.

Women Divers Hall of Fame FellowMarguerite St Leger Dowse, gave a talk on the ‘Health of Divers‘ project.

Background Synopsis

DDRC Healthcare,  Marguerite St Leger Dowse, Dr Gary Smerdon, EUROTEK sponsor, Health of Divers, divers teeh, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyScuba divers should ensure a high standard of dental health and receive dental checks regularly. Studies have discussed the barodontalgia, and orofacial barotraumas of scuba divers, but few have attempted to observe the broad state of dental health in recreational divers. As part of an ongoing study of the health of UK recreational divers, DDRC attempted to gain an insight into the general dental health of divers and other related problems experienced.

The following day Marguerite St Leger Dowse and Dr Gary Smerdon of DDRC Healthcare presented some preliminary findings from the latest element of the ‘Health of Divers’ project.

Both talks were very well received. In fact Marguerite’s talk went down so well that she won the ‘Associates Award for Excellence in Presentation’ Award.

Marguerite St Leger Dowse, UHMS Associates Award for Excellence in Presentation' Award, Kevin Kip Posey, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

Marguerite St Leger Dowse is pictured here with UHMS Technician Kevin ‘Kip’ Posey

 

 

Lego Launches Dr Sylvia Earle MiniFig

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Dr Sylvia Earle is now a LEGO minifig

 

LEGO is manufacturing a female scientist minifig family. The collection pays homage to real life aerospace engineers and astronauts. My favourite piece however is a touching tribute to deep sea explorer Dr Sylvia Earle.

“I want to get out in the water. I wanted to see fish, real fish, not fish in a laboratory.”

Dr Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She has logged over 7,000 hours underwater and led over 100 expeditions as an scientist, author, lecturer, and explorer.

“No ocean, no life. No blue, no green. No ocean, no us.”

In August Women Divers Hall of Fame Fellow Sylvia Earle will be 80 and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Her self imposed mission of protecting the world’s oceans has inspired millions to learn to dive or pursue careers in marine biology.

Wholly fitting therefore that this quiet lady is now a LEGO figure, gently influencing the next generation, through play, to think about what happens in our seas.

‘Shark Lady’ Dr Eugenie Clark, Dies

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News is coming in that Dr. Eugenie Clark has died died 92. Justifiably known as ‘The Shark Lady’, ‘Genie’ Clark was a pioneer in the field of marine biology and considered as world authority on sharks and fish. She was known for her love of sharks.

Dr. Clark was the recipient of three honorary D.Sc. degrees and awards from the National Geographic Society, the Explorers Club, the Underwater Society of America, the American Littoral Society, the Gold Medal Award of the Society of Women Geographers, and the President’s Medal of the University of Maryland. She was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, received the Wyland Icon Award and was a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Dr Clark authored three books and over 160 scientific and popular articles.

TUMC’s Rosemary Lunn was deeply honoured to meet Dr Clark in 2013 at Beneath The Sea where she was signing copies of her book ‘The Lady And The Sharks’. Her influence on the deep blue sea will be missed.

Here is a link to Dr Clark’s obituary in National Geographic Magazine.

Diving Pioneer Lotte Hass Has Died

The Hans Hass Institute has announced that Women Divers Hall of Fame member Lotte Hass passed away on Wednesday 14th January 2015. She was aged 86.

Lotte Hass, Hans Hass, Adventure In The Red Sea, Shark Project, Hans Hass Institute, A Girl On The Ocean Floor, Women Divers Hall of Fame, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving, female divers, Drager rebreatherKnown by some as the “First Lady of Diving,” she was the first woman to dive with autonomous diving equipment. Lotte began diving in 1949, working alongside her husband Hans Hass filming “Adventure In The Red Sea”. It was at this time she learned how to use a Drager closed circuit rebreather.

Against strong opposition, she worked as an underwater photo model before moving behind the camera to become the first female professional underwater photographer. Her work opened up a formerly male-dominated field to women. The spectacular film scenes showing her diving with sharks certainly contributed to the big success of her husband Hans Hass’ movies in the 1950s.

After leaving the public limelight she focused on being an advisor to her husband Hans. They were happily married for more than 62 years, until his death in June 2013.

If you are curious to know more, her autobiography is entitled “A Girl On The Ocean Floor”. In 2011 it was adapted into a film staring Yvonne Catterfeld as Lotte.

The Hans Hass Institute has asked that donations in Lotte’s memory be made to support SHARKPROJECT, an organization dedicated to stopping the destruction of the oceans and the extinction of sharks. Please click here to donate. In addition an online condolence book has been set up here.

Class of WDHOF 2015 Announced

The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) has announced the six new Members who will constitute the Class of 2015:

  • WDHOF_Women Divers Hall of Fame_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_The Underwater Marketing CompanyWendy Benchley
    Marine Conservation Leader, Ocean Conservation Governmental Policy Advocate, Shark Conservation Spokesperson
  • Cecilie Benjamin
    Pioneer Scuba Instructor, Ocean Conservation Leader, Marine Environment Education Program Advocate
  • Amanda Cotton
    Underwater Photographer, Cave/Tech Diver, Educational Outreach Program Creator
  • Meg Donat
    Pioneer Scuba Instructor, Hyperbaric Chamber Instructor, Diver Medical Technician, Ocean Advocate
  • Lieutenant Grace Landers
    USN: Diving Medical Officer, Submarine Medical Officer, Medical Pioneer and Innovator
  • Amy Slate
    Scuba Instructor, Ocean and Environmental Conservation Leader, Educational Outreach Advocate

These extraordinary women will be officially inducted into WDHOF on 28th March 2015 at the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Awards Banquet in New Jersey, USA.

Amanda Cotton, Lieutenant Grace Landers, Wendy Benchley, Amy Slate, Cecilie Benjamin, Meg Donat, WDHOF, Women Divers Hall of Fame, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

2015 WDHOF Inductee, photographer Amanda Cotton

The WDHOF was founded in 2000 to recognise the contributions of outstanding women divers.

Members are drawn from many fields including; the Arts, Science, Medicine, Exploration and Technology, Marine Archeology, Business, Media, Training and Education, Safety, Commercial and Military Diving, Free Diving, and Underwater Sports.

The WDHOF also offers financial assistance and mentorship to women and men interested in pursuing diving careers. They currently support 13 annual scholarships and training grants.