The International League for Human Rights has recognized World Underwater Federation President Anna Arzhanova for her organization’s “Blue Helmets of the Sea” initiative.

The initiative helps protect the marine environment, underwater heritage sites as well as educate the next generation about ocean preservation. It’s the first time a sports organization has been recognized with this award.

The induction ceremony took place on May 26th at the league’s headquarters in Milan, Italy.

Arzhanova said:

“I’m very happy to have contributed through the sport to realize initiatives of high social value recognized in the international scope and appreciated in Brussels by European parliamentarians.”

For more info about the Blue Helmets of the Sea initiative, check out the video below or go to the CMAS website.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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