Immersion Freediving founder Ted Harty was preparing to give a brief freediving safety talk at the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when to his utter surprise, he found out he was getting the inaugural Dimitris Kollias award for his service to the dive community.

The award is in memory of Greek Spearo and Founder of Deep Worldwide Magazine Dimitris Kollias, who died from injuries sustained in an accident last year.

Blue Wild Founder Sheri Daye announces the award of the inaugural Dimitris Kollias prize to Immersion Freediving's Ted Harty
Blue Wild Founder Sheri Daye announces the award of the inaugural Dimitris Kollias prize to Immersion Freediving’s Ted Harty

The Kollias award honors people for their service to the dive community and comes with a US$2000 (~1622 Euro) check for the winner to use to advance their work.

An anonymous donor committed $10,000 (~811 Euros) over the next five years, with a new person getting the prize each year.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. 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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