Thursday, February 23, 2017

DEMA Introduces 2017 Board of Directors

The results of DEMA's 2017 Board of Directors Election are in! Members of DEMA's 2017 Board of Directors include the following individuals:
A1-ManufacturingMike Hollis, American Underwater Products*
A2-Diver Certification and Training AgenciesDallas, Edmiston, NAUI*
Kristin Valette, PADI
A3-Dive Publishing, Media, Consulting and Non-Retail Service ProvidersWilliam Cline, Cline Group Advertising, Inc.
Dan Orr, Dan Orr Consulting*
A4-RetailersPatrick Hammer, Scuba Emporium**
Myra Kurn, Ocean Enterprises, Inc.*
A5-Travel & ResortsStuart Cove, Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas*Tim Webb, Caradonna Dive Adventures
*New/Re-elected members
**Indicates a one-year term after which Board member may run to serve a full three-year term.
In accordance with the DEMA Bylaws, Directors serve three-year terms. Additional information on DEMA's Board of Directors and Bylaws is available online.  The election was conducted by CPA firm, Gray, Proctor & McMannis, based in Newport Beach, CA. All A-category DEMA members who had joined or renewed their DEMA Membership for 2017 by 1/6/17 were eligible to vote in this election. The final vote count is available for DEMA Members who are logged into the Members-Only Dashboard of
Congratulations to all of DEMA's Directors!  In the coming weeks, the Board will meet to conduct officer elections, form committees and select individuals to chair them.  Contact us at toll free (800) 862-DIVE (3483), (858) 616-6408 or if you have any questions or are interested in serving on one of the DEMA Board committees. Additional Committee information can be found online here. Thank you for your continued support!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Know of an Excellent Speaker? Encourage Them to Submit an Application to Become a Speaker at DEMA Show 2017!

DEMA is requesting proposals for speaker submissions to fill the DEMA-Sponsored Education schedule for DEMA Show 2017, taking place November 1-4 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. 

Complete speaker information, submission guidelines and the official application link can be found on the DEMA Show website. Please note: If you have submitted an abstract in the past you can use the same login created then. If you are a new applicant please click on "SUBMIT ABSTRACT" then Create a "new account".

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Promotional Images Just Added to the Go Dive Now Member Toolkit!

DEMA has just added new Go Dive Now promotional images to the Go Dive Now Member Toolkit. These exciting new images were donated by fellow industry professionals to the Go Dive Now campaign and are FREE for DEMA Members to download. They are a great way to promote the ease (and fun!) of becoming a certified diver. Entice potential customers with this captivating imagery on your website, throughout your social media pages, and within your emails.

Log in today to access these and other free Go Dive Now campaign resources!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

YOUR COMMENTS AND HELP ARE NEEDED: Submit Comments Regarding Port Everglades Dredging Project

In the wake of the  Port Everglades dredging delay, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is encouraging the public to provide input as part of an updated analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the Port Everglades navigation improvements project. These meetings come in part because the Corps has delayed the start of the dredging project until a new environmental study is completed.  The new environmental study is being conducted as a response to a federal lawsuit filed by DEMA, along with several environmental organizations, requesting the new environmental studies be completed before the planned dredging project to expand Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL commences. 

 An open comment period started in late September and will end March 24, 2017.
The Corps’ Jacksonville District and Port Everglades will host two scoping meetings:

  • February 22 at 2:00 p.m.
  • February 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Both meetings will take plan in Hall B, rooms 113/114 at the Broward County Convention Center 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33316. Sign-in and poster sessions start at 2 and 6 p.m., with presentations at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. respectively, followed by a question and comment period. The Corps will share new information and address all submitted written comments in a draft supplemental NEPA document.
DEMA asks that all members of the diving community attend one of these scoping meetings, or submit written comments in favor of the new study, citing the value of the reefs to divers, diving businesses and the entire community, and including data on the need to protect the living coral reef.
Members of the Diving Community unable to attend a meeting can send comments directly to or:Jacksonville District Corps of Engineers
Attn: Planning Division - Terri Jordan Sellers
701 San Marco BoulevardJacksonville, FL 32207-8175
Your comments should be copied to DEMA will also submit written comments directly to the Corps.
All Port Everglades documents are located at
The Corps has agreed to reassess its Port Everglades environmental analysis because of new environmental information available about the widespread and unanticipated damage incurred during a similar dredging project at nearby PortMiami and new, local coral species recently added to the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) list.
In Miami, the dredging proved disastrous for the coral reefs in the area. For the PortMiami project, the Corps had assumed there would be minimal impacts to coral, but instead fine-grained sediment from the project harmed tens of thousands of coral colonies and over 250 acres of reef designated as “critical habitat” for the ESA-listed staghorn corals. The National Marine Fisheries Service assessed the area and determined that 95% of the surveyed reef is no longer suitable habitat for corals, and some of the damaged reef will never recover naturally.
The Port Everglades dredging, which was planned to begin in 2017, is now expected to be on hold until at least 2019 while the new environmental analyses are conducted.