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European Underwater Federation Creates Jack Lavanchy Award

The European Underwater Federation has created a new award in honor of former EUF Honorary Vice President and PADI Europe cofounder Jack Lavanchy.

Lavanchy, a pioneer of the European dive community, passed away on January 27 at age 87.

A Swiss native, Lavanchy helped cofound PADI Europe and was a major force behind the organization’s growth in the 1980s and 1990s.

The EUF unanimously agreed to create the award at its General Assembly last month. The award will be presented at the beginning of each year to an individual who the members of the EUF feel has made a significant and sustained contribution toward the responsible development of the European diving community.

EUF President Mark Caney said:

“Jack always spoke with passion of the importance of everyone in diving working together to grow and promote the sport. He was personally instrumental in establishing diving in Europe so this award will be a fitting way to honour his memory and to further the goals he always advocated with such passion.”

More information about how the EUF Lavanchy Award will be administered and allocated will be announced shortly on the EUF website and Facebook page.

John Liang
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.