Friday, July 12, 2024

Leslie Leaney Appointed New Ambassador For Diving History


Diving historian Leslie Leaney is the new Ambassador for Diving History for the Historical Diving Society Asia (HDS Asia) and the ADEX show group.

Leany has a long and illustrious career in the diving industry, having been a co-founder of the Historical Diving Society USA (HDS USA) in 1992. In addition, he was a founding trustee of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in 2000.

Over the years, Leaney has held various posts at the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, including Museum Curator, Executive Director and Director. Other positions held  by Leaney currently or in the past include:

  • Publisher and Executive Editor of The Journal of Diving History.
  • Advisory Board member of HDS USA, HDS Asia, and SBMM.
  • Co-Chairman, of the Santa Barbara Deepwater Diving Monument Committee.
  • Committee Posts at DEMA, AUAS, BTS, ADCI.

According to HDS Asia Founder and ADEX CEO John Thet:

“We are very pleased and honored that Leslie has accepted this position with our organizations… We recognize Leslie as one of the world’s foremost diving historians and are excited to be working with him on developing the recorded history of the Asian region. To know where we are going, we must know where we have been. Our ADEX shows have a presence in China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and other countries, and we look forward to Leslie’s historical presentations at these national events.”

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for