Along with our yearly inductees, we also award a number of respected people from the diving community as honourees. The stories behind the names on this list are all quite something to read.
Rodney McDowall, has been a resident of the Cayman Islands since 1982. He is married to Penny with two children, Jamie and Jessica. Rod has been actively involved in the Scuba Diving and Watersports sector since his arrival.
Winston McDermot, was introduced to diving at the age of 23 before there was any official certification. He became a certified dive master at the age of 30 when he owned his own business, Brac Aquatics in Cayman Brac.
Captain Frank Ebanks, began his business Frank's watersports on April 7th, 1968. His diving career spans over 50 years.
Capt. Glen Gleason Ebanks, affectionately known as Captain Gleason, was born 28 August 1928 to Mr. and Mrs. Elvin and Florence Ebanks. At the tender age of 14, he took his first sea voyage to Nicaragua on the turtling vessel, the Jemson.
Ken Martin in Little Cayman introduced Norbert Scott to diving at the age of 14. He became a certified dive master at the age of 18 while working with Brae Aquatics.
Capt. Marvin Ebanks remembers fishing as a boy with his father and stopping by a shallow area in the North Sound to clean their catch.
James Ebanks learned how to dive at the tender age of 10 with his father, Clinton Ebanks, and brother, Clinton Ebanks Jr. - both of whom are past honourees.
Darby McNee Bodden's relatively short life (27 February 1956 -17 July 1983) belies the tremendous impact he had as a dive instructor, boat captain and a first-class service provider and friend to the many tourists who took his charters.
The evolution of Stingray City as a world-renowned attraction in the Cayman Islands is said to owe its beginnings to the work of Captain Crosby Ebanks in feeding and taming the southern stingrays around the sandbar.
Charles "Captain Chuckie" Ebanks was born in 1951 in West Bay, Grand Cayman to James and Christina Ebanks. Reared into a family of seafarers, he built his first boat at the age of fourteen... and has had a passion for boats ever since.
For most of Patrick Noel Evans' adult life he and his brother, AtJee, not only opened up the undersea delights of the Cayman Islands to countless tourists but also brought them a distinctly Caymanian experience, promoting both a deep love of country and passion for diving.
Stuart Freeman has devoted 40 years to the sea and to the watersports industry. From the onset of" his adulthood through to present day, Mr. Freeman has stayed true to his calling and continually helps to protect, preserve and develop Cayman's diving industry.
James "Jim" Dailey's 40-plus years of experience in, and knowledge of, the watersports industry and Cayman's marine environment are an invaluable resource for this country.
From seaman to dive master, treasure hunter to Vice President of the Catboat Association, Kem Jackson has devoted his life to the sea.
Cornell Burke started diving in his late twenties and continued diving for almost 25 years. He was a PADI assistant instructor and was awarded an SSI Platinum Pro 5000 card in 1993; Individuals who hold this card can be defined as the world's most elite water explorers.
Darvin Ebanks is a well-known underwater photographer who started diving in 1976.
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