The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame was to launch its official website on 26 March at Beneath the Sea, America’s largest scuba and dive travel show.
The ISDHF recognizes those who excel in scuba diving for their talents and dedication to the sport; and the new, official ISDHF website will provide dive enthusiasts with an outlet to research their favourite inductees, says a press release from the Department of Tourism. The web site’s address is www.scubahalloffame.com.
The presentation and launch of the website was to be accompanied by an awards ceremony for Hans and Lotte Hass.
‘Original inductees to the hall of fame, Hans and Lotte did not receive their awards as the official awards presentation was not developed until the second year of the induction ceremonies.
‘Hans and Lotte are also special guests at Beneath the Sea and will be presenting their own film during the trade show.’
Beneath the Sea is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to increasing awareness of the earth’s oceans and the sport of scuba diving, the release notes.
Founded in 2000 by the then Minister of Tourism, the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame was created to establish a tie between the Cayman Islands, a leading pioneer in dive travel and a premiere world destination for divers, and the dedicated enthusiasts who have contributed so much to the sport of Scuba diving. Today, the Cayman Islands Government remains committed to developing the Hall of Fame, and to honouring those dedicated to the ocean environments around the world.
The founding board of governors included representatives from the Cayman Islands and leaders in the diving industry in the United States. To establish a wide base of inductees, the board identified seventeen of the world’s most valuable contributors to the sport of Scuba Diving who were then honoured at the inaugural ceremony in October, 2000. This group travelled to the Cayman Islands for a gala weekend and an elegant dinner induction ceremony.
Long term plans for establishing a physical location for the hall of fame were initiated immediately.
‘Hurricane Ivan (September, 2004) forced delays in these plans, but it did nothing to slow down the building anticipation of an exciting Hall of Fame and museum, to be located on Grand Cayman,’ the release ends.