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DEMA Reaching Out Award Nomination Form

Recognizing Industry Professionals Making Significant Contributions to the Diving Industry

DEMA’s Reaching Out Award, first conferred in 1989, recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution* to the sport of diving by “reaching out” to improve the sport and industry for everyone. Most who have been recognized were pioneers that helped develop techniques, equipment or processes related to their special areas of expertise.

The final recipients of the Reaching Out Award are selected on an annual basis at the sole discretion of the DEMA Board of Directors. Each application will be examined for authenticity and merit, using the specified guidelines. Any contradiction or false statement will disqualify the applicant.

** Deadline for Online Submissions is 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, May 31, 2019 **

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  • Nominees should have been active in the diving industry for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Nominees should have made a significant contribution* to the sport of Scuba Diving.
  • Nominees should have continuously supported the diving industry in a positive manner which reflects agreement with DEMA’s mission.
  • Nominees whose writings, actions and efforts (including those efforts to earn a living) do not reflect positively on the diving industry may be precluded from consideration. Consideration can include Nominees’ participation as a key plaintiff in opposition to the diving industry or its members, acting as a plaintiff’s expert witness against members of the industry or prosecution of members of the industry and DEMA Members in particular.
  • Consideration is given to the Nominees’ actions in support of DEMA. Preference is given to those nominees who have, by their actions and words, supported the trade association.
  • Self-nominations for the Reaching Out Award may not be considered.
  • While nominations received from family members are not necessarily precluded from consideration, preferred nominators are business colleagues.
  • Other guidelines may also apply.

*Generally, a significant contribution:

  • Refers to an individual who has “reached out” to the sport of diving and aided in the development, promotion, or safety of recreational diving in a manner that has had a positive impact on the overall sport.  The contribution may be made in the areas of education, science, travel, retailing, photography, publishing, manufacturing, environmental issues, promotion, entertainment, medicine or other aspect of recreational diving.
  • Contributions made on a local level, while important, may not meet the standard of impact on the entire sport of diving.
  • Personal achievements, awards, etc. while important, may not represent a significant contribution as outlined. They may, however, have been awarded for a significant contribution.

The final recipients of the Reaching Out Award are selected on an annual basis at the sole discretion of the DEMA Board of Directors. Each application will be examined for authenticity and merit, using the above guidelines. Any contradiction or false statement will disqualify the applicant.

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