Dive Industry influencers were on hand, including Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination and artist Rogest, helping the students open their eyes to the underwater world and the possibilities it brings. DEMA extends a heartfelt thanks to Jonathan Lavan and Janna Nicholas from REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation); Bill Thompson, representing ECARA (Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association) and Deanna LaSusa-Hotchner with Discover the Depths for their support in educating and inspiring these students during their visit.
In addition to learning from these influencers about our oceans and diving, the 7th graders were given the chance to try diving in the Be A Diver Pool right on the Our World Underwater Show floor. Pool Tour Coordinator “Big Wave” Dave Reidenbach and fellow certified scuba diving instructor staff from local dive stores were on-site to provide assistance. Students even had the opportunity to have their photo taken underwater to share with their family and friends on social media and when they get home.
“Children of all ages thrive on activity and new experiences,” commented Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA. “Inspiring today’s youth to become involved in diving is vital to the future of the Industry, its business and the marine environment. The goal of DEMA’s Deep Ambitions Career Fair is to foster involvement in diving and diving-related careers from the younger generation.”