We at DeeperBlue.com were proud to host aquaCORPS Technical Diving Magazine’s 30th Anniversary party at our DEMA Show 2019 booth, supported by Global Underwater Explorers, Dive Rite and Fourth Element.
aquaCORPS magazine was the brainchild of Michael Menduno (“M2” to his pals), admired journalist, author, technical diver and man who coined the phrase, “I love it when you talk tek to me.”
Beginning in 1990, the mag ran 16 issues over 6 years and brought a fast-growing technical diving community together to share their passion for diving and innovating.
According to M2:
“It was exciting times as we were pioneering something new. I was pretty broke and living like a pauper. A real labor of love.”
The reception saw some of the hottest names in the industry gather to celebrate and raise a toast to the next 30 years. The large crowd observed a respectful few moments of silence to remember the dear members of the community who are not here anymore.
M2 delivered a heartfelt speech as he reflected on the industry at present and talked the audience through the emergence, growth and success of aquaCORPS over the past thirty years. It achieved success in unifying divers back then, and is still relevant today.
Dive Rite President Lamar Hires, GUE Founder and pioneering technical diver Jarrod Jablonski, PADI President Drew Richardson and DeeperBlue.com Founder Stephan Whelan took to the stage to celebrate the community as a whole, without borders.
Fourth Element designed a limited-edition t-shirt for the event based on original aquaCORPS artwork and the crowd drank Dr Bill’s Special Mix.