If there is one organization that deserves to be honored for their devotion to the diving world and the ocean, it is the Women Divers Hall of Fame. These outstanding members are recognized as pioneers, leaders, innovators and world record holders in the international diving community. Coveted members are selected on an annual basis with each having a diverse background in the Arts, Science, Medicine, Exploration & Technology, Marine Archeology, Business, Media, Training & Education, Safety, Commercial & Military Diving, Free Diving, and Underwater Sports. Here, the best of the best shine ever so brightly in the world of diving.
Founded in 1999, today the Women Divers Hall of Fame has 186 members and the non-profit organization partners with Beneath The Sea, Inc., the Underwater Society of America, the Women's Scuba Association, Women Underwater, Hillary Viders, Ph.D. and Captain Kathy A. Weydig.
This year marks the fourth year that Women Divers Hall of Fame is hosting their annual fundraising event as a kickoff to the trade industry's finest show, DEMA, to be held in Orlando from November 6th through the 9th, catering to dive industry professionals.
If you are a fan of diving, this is the event you must put on your calendar. On November 6, 2013, 'Tropical Dreams & Paradise Sunsets' will take place in conjunction with DEMA at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. It is co-sponsored by DAN (Divers Alert Network). All funds raised from the event will go towards the successful scholarship program that WDHOF continues to support. By educating our youngsters of today, we have the promise of a healthier ocean tomorrow. Major challenges that our seas face on a daily basis and immense problems encountered by creatures of the marine world can be conquered head on with knowledge and skills attained through education.
The Women Divers Hall of Fame dedicate themselves daily to building awareness in the international community. Since 2002, the Women Divers Hall of Fame has given out thousands of dollars annually in scholarships and training grants, plus money for dive equipment to women and men looking to further their diving education and training. Each year, as the awareness of our program grows, so do the number of highly qualified individuals applying. Last year they awarded $30,000 to 23 very deserving individuals, and this year after reviewing 146 applications, over $20,000 was awarded.
A silent and live auction will have some of the most exciting and unique packages and merchandise up for bid. In the past, winners took home some great items like cameras, dive gear, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, books and were sent off on exotic dive vacations, liveaboard dive experiences and so much more. How could you not want to be a part of this fun? Here is a preview of just some of the items in store for you this year.
No need to dress up, come casual, eat, drink, listen to music and dance the night away for only $20 per person. As a special treat, Jonathan Bird will be the Emcee and Live Auctioneer for the evening's festivities. Jonathan's talents include professional underwater cinematographer and photographer. His films are seen on major networks such as the National Geographic Channel and PBS and he has won 9 Emmy Awards and 2 Cine Golden Eagles for his exceptional work. He has written 7 books and hosts his own dive adventure science series on public television called 'Jonathan Bird's Blue World.'
To buy a ticket to the event or simply to make a donation, go to www.wdhof.org.
The goal set forth to excel and set an example for all divers to follow is courageous and inspiring to both men and women. These outstanding women must be congratulated on their fine achievements as well as their promotion of careers and opportunities for women in the dive community.