With the cancellation of DEMA Show 2020 that was set to take place in New Orleans this November, the Reaching Out Award will not be presented in 2020. Instead, the Reaching Out Award nomination process will remain open until mid-2021 and nominations already received for the 2020 award will be retained and considered for 2021.
The Reaching Out Award was first presented in 1989. Since inception the intent of the Award has been to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of diving by “reaching out” in some special way to improve the sport for everyone.
There are many ways to reach out and do something extraordinary for the sport. Many who have been recognized were pioneers who helped develop techniques related to their special areas of expertise. Their contributions have been made in such areas as photography, training, equipment design, publishing, travel, retailing, water safety, exploration and science.
The Reaching Out Award has become more than recognition of individual achievements; it has become the industry’s HALL OF FAME. Those so recognized are the leaders and heroes of our sport, making diving what it is today. Some may have greater name recognition than others, but each, in their own way, is as important to the development of diving as any other.
To become a member of the DEMA Hall Of Fame is an extraordinary achievement and is available only to those who truly deserve to be recognized for their outstanding efforts and contribution to the sport. There are many individuals whose work goes unnoticed and unheralded. See a list of past recipients here: DEMA's Hall of Fame - A History of Reaching Out Award Recipients