March 2009 Press Release

 
     

International Legends Of Diving
Arrive On Grand Bahama Island
March 30-April 6, 2009

Contact: Keith Cooper
Phone: 242-373-1244 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 A.M. EDT, March 24, 2009

FREEPORT/LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, March 24, 2009 – On Tuesday March 31, at 11:00A a press conference will be held at UNEXSO along with the BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM, PELICAN BAY HOTEL, INTERNATIONAL LEGENDS OF DIVING and VINTAGEDOUBLEHOSE.COM. Notable U.S. and Bahamas Diving Legends will be available for interviews – see outlines of Legends bios below.

The purpose of the event is to recognize both U.S. and Bahamas diving legends that shaped the early developments of scuba diving, underwater photography, cave diving, marine research and animal identification. Nearly 100 guests including divers and non-divers are expected to attend the event.

Grand Bahama Island was chosen as the site for the International Legends of Diving event because of its rich cultural, history, spectacular beaches, and shopping. Also UNEXSO is the home of the first dive training and resort center to teach scuba diving. Since 1965 UNEXSO has been in the same location showcasing incredible diving off shore, thrilling shark feeding and our world famous Dolphin Experience.

This event will recognize U.S. and Bahamian Legends of Diving. On hand will be Ben Rose, Dr. John Clement, Ollie Ferguson and Nick Rolle who will be joined by John Englander, former owner of UNEXSO; Dr. Jose Jones, founder of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers; Nick Icorn, first Executive Director of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) and others for a fun week of activities – and diving.

Joining the Legends of Diving will be a distinct group of scuba divers from across the U.S. – the VINTAGEDOUBLEHOSE.com. This unique club only dives in period dive gear from the 1950’s and 1960’s and travel the world looking for the best dive sites to showcase their one of a kind diving equipment. UNEXSO is pleased to welcome the vintage divers to Grand Bahama Island.

We encourage you to join us to learn more about this unique event being held for the first time in the Bahamas.

For more information contact Keith Cooper, 242-373-1244.

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'Kids Meet The Legends Of Diving'
Grand Bahama Island
March 31-April 3, 2009

FREEPORT/LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, March 24, 2009 – Jeff Rice, Owner of the International Legends of Diving is pleased to announce the first gathering of local high school students who will meet the “Legends of Diving” in sessions that will begin Tuesday March 31 and run through Friday April 3, 2009. The sessions will begin at 9:00A and run concurrently until 2P each day at UNEXSO. Joining the students and legends will be representatives from the BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM, UNEXSO, DIVERS ALERT NETWORK (DAN), INTERNATIONAL LEGENDS OF DIVING and VINTAGEDOUBLEHOSE.COM. Notable U.S. and Bahamas Diving Legends will be meeting with the kids who will “interview” them with a series of pertinent questions about the history of diving.

The purpose of the event is to enlighten the marine science students from St. George and Hayward High Schools about the historic contributions of both U.S. and Bahamas diving legends that shaped the early developments of scuba diving, underwater photography, cave diving, marine research and animal identification. Nearly 30 students and their instructors are expected to participate in the “meet the legends” sessions.

According to Jeff Rice, “We are excited about having the kids meet the legends. It is our hope that this event will inspire the next generation of divers to become professionals who will eventually teach new divers and to carry forward the legacy left behind by these great men and women who are joining us for this historic gathering of diving legends.”

UNEXSO provides the use of the dive facility; dive equipment and boats gratis to the high schools which in turn provide a pool of qualified Dive Master Candidate’s that may become future employees of the company. UNEXSO is the home of the first dive training and resort center to teach scuba diving. Since 1965 UNEXSO has been in the same location showcasing incredible off shore diving, thrilling shark feeding and our world famous Dolphin Experience.

The kids will spend time with notable U.S. and Bahamian Legends of Diving including Ben Rose, Dr. John Clement, Ollie Ferguson and Nick Rolle who will be joined by John Englander, former owner of UNEXSO; Dr. Jose Jones, founder of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers; Nick Icorn, first Executive Director of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) and others for a fun week of activities – and diving.

We encourage you to join us to learn more about this unique event being held for the first time in the Bahamas.

For more information contact Keith Cooper, 242-373-1244, Jeff Rice at 239-494-8300 or visit the Legends of Diving web site – www.legendsofdiving.com

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UNEXSO, a premier dive destination was founded in 1965 as the first dedicated scuba training facility in the world. UNEXSO’s management team has worked for a number of world-class resort and dive operations in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, Middle East, Australia, and Asia and throughout the continental United States. UNEXSO is one of the most respected and ecology friendly dive operators in the Caribbean.

Inernational Underwater Explorers Society
UNEXSO In The Bahamas
PO Box F-42433
Royal Palm Way
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
The Bahamas
Phone 242-373-1244
Fax 242-373-8956

For more information on UNEXSO
1-800-992-DIVE (3483)

About Portage Quarry, Home of the Dive Legends

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