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12/15/2017 11:11:39 AM

Nominations Open for the 2018 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year Award

Durham, NC (06 December 2017) – DAN is calling for nominations for the 2018 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year Award. Nominations open today, 6 December, and close 31 December.

"DAN's mission is to help divers who need emergency medical assistance and to promote dive safety through research, education, products and services," said Bill Ziefle, President and CEO of DAN. "But, we don't do that in a vacuum. There are millions of divers safely enjoying the underwater world because of individuals who work tirelessly – and often thanklessly -- behind the scenes every day to ensure they can. We want those individuals to know their work is appreciated. If you know a deserving individual, please take the time to show your appreciation by nominating them for this award."

The DAN Rolex Diver of the Year Award began as a grant to DAN in the late 1980s to recognize its important work for dive safety. Over the years, it evolved into an annual award, complete with specially engraved Rolex watch, that acknowledges individual contributions to diving and dive safety. The award is presented to "… an individual who has made significant contributions to dive safety and/or the DAN mission over the past year."

Candidates can be nominated by completing an application that showcases their contributions to dive safety. Nominations can be submitted by email to Garrett Broyles at gbroyles@dan.org no later than 31 December 2017.

The 2018 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year award recipient is selected by a committee including DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle, senior DAN staff, at-large DAN Board members, Rolex representatives, and past award winners. All qualified nominees will be notified on 12 January 2018. The winner of the 2018 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year Award will be notified of this honor by 2 February 2018.

The 2018 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year receives a custom-engraved Oyster Perpetual Rolex Dive Watch. Rolex will also generously donate $15,000 to DAN to fund this experience and to support the essential safety initiatives DAN provides through medical research, services, safety education and first-aid training.

As the 2018 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year, the recipient joins a veritable who's who of dive physicians, educators, and scientists – men and women who are committed to ensuring divers safely continue to enjoy diving.

About DAN: DAN's mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research, education, products and diving services. The DAN Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization (Tax ID # 56-1696689) and has grown to become the largest association of recreational scuba divers in the world since its inception in 1980. DAN is supported by membership dues and donations. Membership levels include individual, family, industry partners, professional, and students. Some benefits of DAN membership include emergency medical evacuation assistance through DAN TravelAssist, a subscription to Alert Diver magazine and access to DAN's insurance services. For more information, or to become a DAN member, explore DAN.org.