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Women Divers Hall Of Fame To Induct Six New Members In 2016

A young scion of an Indy 500 racing dynasty is one of the latest inductees into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Cody Unser, a disability awareness advocate, adaptive scuba medical crusader and peer mentor, will be one of six women that will join the WDHOF this coming April.

When she was 13 years old, Unser founded the Cody Unser First Step Foundation “to raise awareness, foster medical collaboration, and develop quality-of-life programs for those with transverse myelitis, the autoimmune condition that left her paralyzed,” according to her WDHOF bio. “Her foundation’s focus on mainstreaming adaptive scuba for over a decade and its potential as a therapeutic tool in exercise science is creating a buzz in the medical and dive industries.”

Unser is currently a graduate student at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The other five inductees are Patti Kirk Gross, a Marine Conservation Educator, Ocean Advocate and Coral Ambassador; Laura James, an Environmental Advocate, Filmmaker and Public Speaker; Dawn Kernagis, a Diving Biomedical Researcher, Educational Outreach Advocate, and Cave/Technical Diver; Chantelle Newman, an Educator, Publisher, and Public Speaker; and Ruth Petzold, a Photographer, Conservationist, and Public Speaker.

For more info on the inductees, click here to check out their bios.

The official induction will take place on April 2, 2016 at the Beneath the Sea Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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.


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