The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame is honouring its 2016 inductees Friday night at the Marriott.
Since the Hall of Fame was founded in 2000 by the Department of Tourism, it’s honoured the individuals who’ve helped create the sport we know today, and those who’ve made contributions to its safety and popularity.
This year’s inductees are Ramon Bravo of Mexico, Dr. Joe MacInnis, a Canadian, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., Frenchman and son of Jaques Cousteau, and two Americans: Bob Barth and Stuart Cove.
Stuart Cove is perhaps best known for his shark protection efforts in the Bahamas, but his journey to the hall of fame includes a Hollywood stop.
“Somebody like Stuart, an instantly recognisable name in Hollywood for the work he’s done there, and thus he’s got screen credits and is recognised outside our family of divers,” said ISDHOF Executive Director Leslie Leaney.
“It’s a huge honour and I can’t tell you how excited I am for the event. I’m very impressed with Grand Cayman, I haven’t been here in seven or eight years and it’s just as good as it was when I was here last time,” said Mr. Cove.
Four locals will also be honoured for their contributions to the sport.
Wallace Rivers, one of the first Caymanians in the dive industry, Gerald Wilcocks, who helped raise funds for the island’s first decompression chamber, Steve Broadbelt, co-owner of Ocean Frontiers, and Anthony Scott, who set up Cayman Brac’s first dive shop in 1968.