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NAUI Awards Members At DEMA Show

The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), one of the first training agencies established for scuba diving within the USA, honored its members with annual awards at the DEMA Show Thursday.

Hall of Honor Awards, the agency’s highest honor, were awarded to four long-standing members: Jeanne Dear Sleeper, James Hicks, Cheri Boone, and Susan Bangasser.

NAUI Awardee Susan Bangasser at DEMA Show 2018
NAUI Awardee Susan Bangasser at DEMA Show 2018

Environmental Enrichment Awards were given to Scubanauts International and Kim Skaalen.

Jacques De Beer was honored with the Outstanding Training Support Award and a slew of other members received Continuing Service Awards.

NAUI Director of Training Terrence Tysall said:

“We are so happy to be able to honor our members and have an opportunity for these inspirational leaders in the industry to be here to interact with and inspire our younger members.”

For a full list of awardees check out

Grant Graves
Grant Graves
Grant has been diving for over twenty years and has over 5000 dives.  He is a trimix instructor trainer and PADI Course Director.  He has a BS in marine biology from Long BeachState.  He has been technical diving, as such, for over 15 years.  He is a published author and photographer.  He is a working cinematographer / videographer / director.  You have probably seen his work on the diving adventure series The Aquanauts.  He has been a participant in many of DSAT’s productions to develop media for PADI and others.  He is the owner Scuba And Film Enterprises, LLC, a water safety/coordination company that facilitates water work in the entertainment community. He is a Board Member of the United States Apnea Association. No matter what mode he is diving, Grant is striving everyday to help advance the sport and share his love of the sport and its environment with the world.