Monty Receives Sport Diver Mag's Outstanding Contribution Award

Monty Halls, Sport Diver Magazine Awards, Mark Evans, scuba diving, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company
Monty and Reuben on a Brit diving adventure

TV adventure personality and Brit scuba diver - Monty Halls - received Sport Diver's 2016 'Outstanding Contribution' at last month's Sport Diver Awards.

Mark Evans, editor of Sport Diver Magazine, explained how the judging team had made their difficult decision, because there were a number of worthy names on the list.

"Monty is not doing epic diving expeditions. Instead he brings diving to the masses and into our homes. He has probably done more for diving in mainstream television programmes than any one else at present. The programmes may have been seen as a bit 'cheesy' by hardened divers, but they were watched and loved by the general public. This award was quite special for Monty Halls. It is the first time his work has been recognised and he got quite emotional when he received it."

Robert Parrington from Wakatobi made the announcement at the award ceremony.

"This is an award recognising a person or company that has gone above and beyond in the name of diving.

For 2016, the judges chose a truly worthy winner, someone who has arguably done more than anyone to get scuba diving in front of a mainstream audience on our TV screens.

Over the past ten years, he has taken viewers around the world, from exotic destinations such as Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and the Great Barrier Reef, to closer-to-home but no-less-beautiful locations like Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall. In between these televised adventures, he has found time to pen several books, write numerous magazine articles and do the odd spot of motivational speaking.

Along the way he has been upstaged by his faithful dog Reuben (sadly now departed), met and married his lovely wife, and had two wonderful children.

This year, the Outstanding Contribution Award goes to Monty Halls."

Previous Winners

2015: Fourth Element and Ocean Positive

Duncan Price Receives CDG Fish Award!

The Cave Diving Group (CDG) is the world's oldest diving club. It was founded in 1946 by cave diving pioneer Graham Balcombe. Today its function is to "educate and support cavers for recreational and exploratory operations in British sump conditions".

Michael Thomas, Gavin Newman, Cave Diving Group, Andrew Ward, CDG, Duncan Price, Fish Award, Mike ‘Fish’ Jeanmaire, Brian ‘Scoff’ Schofield, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards, John Buxton, John Cordingley, Clive Westlake, Dave BrockCave diving in the UK is not particularly straightforward when compared with overseas sites. It is quite possible to park a vehicle near to the cave entrance, kit up and pretty much fall into the water in many countries. This rarely happens in the UK. The only site that instantly springs to mind for having simple logistical access is Wookey Hole in Somerset.

In the main, a British cave diver has to be a pretty competent dry caver and they only tend to learn to scuba dive to be able to access passageway beyond a flooded sump. (A sump can be described as a submerged or flooded section of cave.) It is not surprising therefore that since its inception the CDG has attracted some remarkable characters and explorers.

One such character was CDG Chairman, Mike 'Fish' Jeanmaire. Brian 'Scoff' Schofield, current Chairmen of the CDG said, it was Fish’s honesty and his ability to both respect tradition whilst allowing frontiers to be pushed back, that made him such a good Chairman of the CDG. Fish was to hold the post of Chairmen of the Cave Diving Group for thirty years until his health started to fail him. Following his death in November 2010 the 'Fish Award' was created.

Cave Diving Group, Andrew Ward, CDG, Duncan Price, Fish Award, Mike ‘Fish’ Jeanmaire, Brian ‘Scoff’ Schofield, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards, John Buxton, John Cordingley, Clive Westlake, Dave Brock
The Fish Award

This is awarded annually to a member who has made a significant contribution to the CDG. Whilst the nature of the contribution is not precisely defined, the guiding principle is that the individual should have served the CDG rather than any other organisation or themselves.

Previous Fish Award Winners

2012 John Buxton
2013 John Cordingley
2014 Clive Westlake
2015 Andrew Ward

Traditionally the award is made by the previous winner. Andrew Ward  - the 2015 recipient - presented the 2016 Fish Award to Duncan Price at the Cave Diving Group AGM and reflected on why Duncan was nominated.

"Duncan joined the CDG in the mid-1980s and seems to have stayed. I have known Duncan since he joined and was the examiner for his pool test on a dark, wet night in Yate piggybacking onto a BSAC club's training night. We needed a victim for the recovery part of the exam and the BSAC club kindly provided one. Unfortunately, the gentleman was of generous proportions, so this part of the test was more like a Greenpeace re-floating operation. I must have been lax in those days as he passed the test.

Stuart Gardiner, Cave Diving Group, Andrew Ward, CDG, Duncan Price, Fish Award, Mike ‘Fish’ Jeanmaire, Brian ‘Scoff’ Schofield, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving awards
Duncan Price stood in the downstream sump pool of Young Boods' Passage, Wigmore Swallet, Dorset — Photo Credit: Stuart Gardiner

From the start, Duncan has been active in all areas of caving and along the way found a reasonable amount of new passage. On top of this he has mentored new members as well as helping at training sessions where has passed on his expertise. Surveying was always a good session and a forte of Duncan’s. At one time or another Duncan has been the Welsh Section's Training Officer, Secretary and Examiner - positions that allowed him to pass on his knowledge and experience that he gained as a trainee all those years ago.

Duncan continues to be active within cave rescue and for that we can all be grateful. He has always been keen on producing gear to his own design and rebreathers are a speciality with their names generating interesting, and arguably contrived, abbreviations!

But his contribution doesn't stop with his practical help to the Group. he is also an accomplished writer, co-authoring technical bulletins on numerous cave diving topics. In addition, he has contributed to, or written, the CDG Manual, Wookey Hole book, and the Welsh and Somerset Sump Indexes. He was also short-listed for the Tratman Award in 2016 for his most recent writing, Underwater Potholer: A Cave Diver's Memoirs."

 

 

#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."

X-Ray Mag & Sabine Kerkau Win 2016 DIWA Awards

DIWA Awards, Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid, X-Ray Mag, Taucher.Net, Rico Besserdich, Rose Kefrig, Udo Kefrig, Wolfgang Thom,  Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyDIWA - 'Diving Instructor World Association' - was founded in 1972. It is an international organisation for commercial diving instructors.

In 2015 DIWA launched five awards to acknowledge and recognise outstanding and important efforts in professional diving. The DIWA Award categories are:

* diver training
* journalism
* photography
* information
* noted contribution

These annual awards are announced at the Boot Dusseldorf Show in Germany.

DIWA instructors nominate the candidates. The winners are then decided by the directors of DIWA International.

This year X-Ray Mag and Editor, Peter Symes, received the DIWA Award for information. X-Ray was established in 2003 as 'the first digital diving magazine'. (At the time pretty much all magazines were printed.)

DIWA acknowledged that X-Ray Mag was the trail blazer in digital dive publishing, establishing a high quality international magazine that consistently publishes fresh scuba stories, sourced from across the globe.

Sabine Kerkau's sustained writing and technical diving exploration efforts during the last 15 years were also recognised. She received the DIWA journalism award. Kerkau's work has been published in WETNOTES (the German advanced and technical diving magazine), Tauchen and X-Ray Mag. During the award speech DIWA compared Sabine Kerkau to Indiana Jones, saying she was a great role model and inspiration for technical divers.

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2016 DIWA Award Winners: Sabine Kerkau (Journalism) and Peter Symes (Information)

Henry Jager was given the DIWA award for photography, Uwe Fleischmann received the DIWA award for diver training, whilst Vladimir Putin was announced as the DIWA 'noted contribution' award winner, for protecting the Siberian Tiger from extinction.

The 2015 DIWA Award Winners were;

Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid (noted contribution)

Rose and Udo Kefrig (journalism)

Rico Besserdich (underwater photography)

Taucher.Net (information)

Wolfgang Thoma (diver training)

 

Laura James Named as Oris Watch Sea Hero

Laura James, Oris Watch, Scuba Diving Magazine, Puget Sound, GUE, Megalodon rebreather, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Sea Hero, Emmy award, underwater cinematographer, environment, Jill Heinerth, Annie Crawley
Laura is an active GUE, NAUI and Megalodon CCR diver

We reported earlier this year that filmaker, underwater explorer and Puget Sound environmental diver - Laura James - had won her second consecutive Emmy in the ‘Environmental Feature / Segment’ category for her story ‘Solving the Mystery of Dying Starfish‘.

Now this respected technical mixed-gas-diving instructor and rebreather diver has been named as an Oris Watch Sea Hero by Scuba Diving Magazine.

This award - sponsored by Scuba Diving magazine and Oris Watches - recognises scuba divers who have made a difference, by working tirelessly to protect our oceans through education, conservation and action.

Previous award winners include Annie Crawley and Jill Heinerth.

If you know someone like Laura James, Scuba Diving Magazine is asking for your help in locating future Sea Heroes. You can nominate anyone you know who deserves this special award.

BSAC Diving Conference 2014 Winners Announced

BSAC logo_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_Mary Tetley_BSAC ConferenceThe 2014 BSAC Diving Conference was held on Saturday 25th October at the Birmingham NEC. Attending delegates enjoy a packed and informative programme of BSAC news, diver training updates and open forums.

During the conference BSAC announced the full list of BSAC Diving Conference 2014 award winners:

COLINS & CHAMBERS OWI AWARD
– for the most meritorious candidate on the Open Water Instructor course

  • Winner: Lee Evans

ANALOX AI AWARD
 for the most meritorious candidate on the Advanced Instructor course

  • Winner: Chucky Kane

FIRST CLASS DIVER – awarded to the successful 2014 candidates

  • Alan Brown
  • Dai Atkins
  • Dominic Robinson
  • Duncan Reed
  • Robert Sewell
  • Simon Child
  • John De Lara
  • Joli Riley
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Simon Child (left) was presented with an AP Diving BCD by Martin Parker of AP Diving


AP DIVING AWARD
 awarded for the most admirable performance in the First Class Diver exam

  • Winner: Simon Child

NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR

 awarded to the successful 2014 candidates

  • Maria Harwood, Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

WEEZLE AWARD
 awarded to the person who performs most meritoriously in the National Instructor exam

  • Winner: Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

WILKINSON SWORD
 awarded for the most admirable performance in a BSAC nationally assessed examination

  • Winner: Martin ‘Smudge’ Smith

BSAC SAFETY AWARD – presented in recognition of endeavouring to save a life without involving diving techniques

  • Winner: Colin Hill

ALAN BROADHURST AWARD
 awarded for the use of good diving lifesaving techniques

Winners:

  • Malcolm Avis
  • Claude Carletide
  • Mark Edmunds
  • Zack Halim
  • Jim Hallyburton
  • David Horton
  • Natasha Scott
  • John Sharp
  • Martin Smith
  • Ian Stirling
  • Fraser Sweeny

HEINKE TROPHY 2014
 for the branch judged to have done the most infurthering the interest of BSAC and its members

  • Winner: Bradford SAC
  • Commended: London No 1 Branch

BSAC EXPEDITION TROPHY – presented to the organizer of the most significant British diving expedition of the year

  • Winner: Darwin SAC

COLIN MCLEOD AWARD
– 
to the person/s who in the opinion of the BSA Jubilee Trust has contributed to international cooperation and harmony in diving and associated activities

  • Winner: Dr Ian Calder
Scubapro Cousteau Award, Jeff Reed, Margaret Baldwin, BSAC DOC, BSAC Awards, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Mary Tetley
Margaret Baldwin being awarded the Scubapro Cousteau Award by BSAC National Diving Officer Jeff Reed


SCUBAPRO COUSTEAU AWARD

 for the BSAC member who goes that extra mile in the promotion of the club’s aims and objectives

      • Winner: Margaret Baldwin

BSAC WRECK AWARD (new for 2014)

      • Winner: Severnside Sub Aqua Club
        – report on the SS Baygitano

Highly Commended:

      • Guildford Sub Aqua Club (HMT Pine)
      • Chester SAC (A tale of two trawlers.)
      • Calshot Sub Aqua Club (Sunderland Flying boat)
      • Richard Scarsbrook BSAC member individual entry (SS Stassa)

Commended:

      • Folkestone Sub Aqua Club (HMHS Anglia)
      • Mauritius Underwater group (HMS Sirius)

Thank you awards:

      • Chris Odell
      • Colin McCarthy
      • Jamie Heptonstall
      • Andy Botten
      • Steve Capes
      • Roy Evans
      • Kevin Holmes
      • Dave Bell
      • John Gibbon

More photos and news from the BSAC Diving Conference 2014 can be found here.