For decades, Divers Alert Network and Rolex have collaborated to award one of the most prestigious honors in scuba diving: the DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award. What began as a grant to DAN in the late 1980s has become an annual tradition to honor one individual who has made significant contributions to DAN’s mission of dive safety within the past year.
Since the award was first presented, the list of winners has grown to include dive physicians, educators and scientists of professional renown and altruistic character. “Through this award, DAN and Rolex have acknowledged outstanding individuals who have devoted their careers to making diving safer for all of us,” said Bill Ziefle, President and CEO of Divers Alert Network.
Nominees for the 2016 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award should be individuals who are passionate about diving, promote and support DAN’s mission to prevent and manage diving incidents, demonstrate exceptional dedication to establishing a culture of dive safety, and are committed to the highest level of care for the environment. As leaders in the dive community, nominees must also go above and beyond to ensure all divers: Prepare smarter through proper dive training, equipment maintenance and predive rituals; dive smarter by exercising dive safety protocols, adhering to conservative diving profiles and maintaining high levels of situational awareness; and respond smarter through first-aid training and continuing education.
The 2016 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Beneath the Sea Dive Show in Secaucus, New Jersey, on April 1-3, to receive a custom-engraved Oyster Perpetual Rolex Dive Watch, personalized jacket and a commemorative wall plaque in recognition of his or her efforts. Rolex will also generously donate $10,000 to DAN to fund this experience and to support the essential safety initiatives DAN provides through medical research, services, safety education and first-aid training.
The 2016 DAN/Rolex award winner will be selected by a committee comprised of DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle, senior DAN staff, at-large members, Rolex representatives and past award-winners. All qualified nominees will be notified on December 21, 2015. The winner of the 2016 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year Award will be notified of this honor by January 22, 2016.
Candidates can be nominated by completing an application that showcases the diver’s contributions to dive safety. Nominations can be submitted for consideration no later than December 18, 2015 to Garrett Broyles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations can also be sent via postal mail to Divers Alert Network, DAN/Rolex Awards, 6 West Colony Place, Durham, NC, 27705.