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Women Divers Hall of Fame Has Been Celebrating Extraordinary Divers for 20 Years!

This year, the Women Divers Hall of Fame is celebrating their 20th year of honoring extraordinary women and their contributions to the world of diving.

The WDHOF has supported related industries through scholarships, training grants, mentorship opportunities and an incredible network of dive professionals all over the world. In 2019 they awarded over US$75,000 (~67,883 Euros) in scholarships and grants to 59 individuals for training and research.

For 2020, six new members will be inducted at the Beneath the Sea show in New Jersey on March 28th: Susan Eaton; Natalie Gibb; Shirley Lee; US Navy Commander Caron Shake, PhD; Angelique Songco; and Hélène de Tayrac-Senik. See who won scholarships each year, or find out how to apply yourself at their scholarship page.

If you’re not quite ready for induction but would still like to be involved with this historic organization, consider becoming an associate. Membership is US$30/£23/€27 per year, and dues are a crucial part of the funding WDHOF is able to offer each year.

Members get insider access to the extensive network of WDHOFers — in a world where who you know is just as important as what you know, these contacts can be invaluable for professional advice, personal projects, mentorship and like-minded companions! You’ll also receive the newsletter and be listed in the networking database yourself.

Members are also invited to attend the exclusive annual WDHOF Dive Trip, which this year will be a seven-night trip to Dominica in late March. Rub elbows with sea horses, frogfish, sea turtles and whales in 80°F water, with other WDHOFers.

In addition to a boat tour around Battery Park later in the year, WDHOF is celebrating their 20th year in 2020 with the 20 for 20 program. They’ll be awarding 20 $1,000 grants and scholarships to new divers of any age, gender or persuasion. Keep an eye on for your chance to enroll the prospective diver in your life!

Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin began diving in 2012 as preparation for a trip to Hawaii and before the year was out she'd left her old life behind to work in the dive industry full-time. When she's not out exploring the deep and collecting c-cards, you might find her making art or working on her master's thesis in cultural anthropology at San Diego State University. Erin is an Associate Editor with