Peter Hughes, 2015 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Inductee

Image by Ellen Rierson

Peter Hughes and Joey Hew, Councillor to the Minister of District Administration, Tourism & Transport – Image by Ellen Rierson

DivEncounters, Inc. President, Peter Hughes, was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in Grand Cayman on October 2, 2015.  The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame was established by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism in October 2000 to recognize those people who have made a significant contribution to the development and enjoyment of sport scuba diving. Recipients include (but are not limited to) pioneers who were influential in scuba education, scuba equipment development and manufacture, dive travel and dive destination development, arts and entertainment, dive medicine and safety.  Peter’s induction is to honor his significant contribution to the customer experience in the dive tourism industry through his work at Anthony’s Key Resort and Dive Bonaire, the advancement of the liveaboard market through owning his liveaboard fleet and the protection of the reefs with the introduction of site moorings to reduce anchor damage as early as 1975.

When asked “If you can tell us one thing about the oceans, what would it be?”  Peter Hughes replied “”The oceans are two thirds of our planet and really worth seeing. Once you experience the underwater world, you’ll know why it is worth protecting.  Every voice we have for the protection of the oceans is going to help. The oceans control every aspect of our life one way or another and if we don’t start protecting them now, we will be leaving our children with a destroyed legacy. I have seen dramatic change in 55+ years. Please start diving, enjoy it, and see how important it is to the rest of the world. Then get involved saving it.”

Along with Peter, other inductees include Bill High. Captain Wally Muller, Dimitri Rebikoff, and Dr. Albert Jones.  Local honorees also recognized, Gladys Howard,  Nancy Easterbrook and Dr. James Polson. Our sincerest congratulations to them all!