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NAUI announces 2018 Award Recipients

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The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) membership has selected their official NAUI award recipients for 2018 as part of NAUI’s long tradition of recognizing excellence and leadership in the dive industry. Recipients will be recognized at the annual NAUI Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada, alongside DEMA Show.

This year, NAUI recognizes 82 of its members and one organizational affiliate. These include four Hall of Honor inductees; 65 Outstanding Service members; 15 Continuing Service members; one Outstanding Training Support awardee; and two Environmental Enrichment awardees (one individual and one business).

“It is an honor to recognize the work of individuals who represent the best of NAUI and its mission and who have had such a positive impact on the dive industry as a whole,” said NAUI Interim Executive Director Rick Lorimor.

NAUI was founded and developed by many very talented and dedicated individuals whose service to the Association was, for the most part, volunteer. Over the years, NAUI has established official awards to recognize the contributions and service of these persons and groups to NAUI and to the greater diving community.

It is tradition that the NAUI awards be presented at an official members’ meeting or awards ceremony. The 2018 NAUI Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the NAUI Annual General Membership Meeting (AGM), which will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall (3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109), room N243, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Following the awards ceremony, a reception will be held at an offsite location from 6 to 9 p.m. The 2018 Member Reception will be held at the Las Vegas National Golf Club (1911 East Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109).

Descriptions, criteria, and award recipients can be found at www.naui.org/awards. The list of awardees can also be found in the DEMA Special Section insert from Sources magazine, located at flipbooks.naui.org/179461/179953/222718/DEMA18/index.html coming soon.


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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)

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Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.


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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE

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Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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