HDS Nick Icorn Diving Heritage Award
The Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Don Barthelmess is the recipient of the HDS 2011 Nick Icorn Diving Heritage Award. In announcing the award, the Board made special mention of Don’s successful leadership of the team formed to acquire, return, refurbish and display the Purisima diving bell to Santa Barbara, California. It is now displayed at the entrance of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
Don is a well-known figure in the HDS and in the diving industry as a whole. He has served as a faculty member in the Marine Technology Training program at Santa Barbara City College since 1989, including a stint as Director of the program from 1994 to 2003. Academically, he earned an A.S. degree in Underwater Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Vocational Education from California State University, and an M.A. in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.
Don has been involved in marine related work for over 31 years, having served as a submarine/ROV pilot and diver for several commercial diving firms. He is active with the Association of Commercial Diving Educators, and is an instructor/trainer for NAUI, IANTD and the Divers Alert Network. He has been involved in the Historical Diving Society from its very beginnings, coming on the Board of Directors in 1995, and has actively supported the Society in many ways, including hosting several of our annual conferences. We congratulate Don on this well deserved recognition of his leadership of the Purisima project.
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