About The Women Divers
Hall of Fame
Dedicated to Recognizing and Honoring
the Contributions of Women Divers
WDHOF Members are the pioneers, leaders, innovators and world record holders
throughout the international diving community. These areas of diving and
undersea endeavors include: the Arts, Science, Medicine, Exploration & Technology,
Marine Archeology, Business, Media, Training & Education, Safety, Commercial & Military
Diving, Free Diving, and Underwater Sports. There are currently one hundred
and eighty-six Members in the Women Divers Hall of Fame, hailing from thirty
U.S. states and Territories and twelve countries worldwide. WDHOF Members
are selected on an annual basis. For nomination requirements and profiles
of WDHOF Members, visit the Nominations Page.
Where Is WDHOF?
Each year, the members of WDHOF attend various consumer diving expositions,
the DEMA show (for diving professionals only) as well as symposia, conferences,
seminars and special events throughout the United States. These venues allow
our members the opportunity to give presentations/seminars about their areas
of expertise and allow the ability for our members to meet and speak directly
with the public.
What began as an idea to offer a tribute to the women divers of the Twentieth
Century developed into a much wider vision when it starting recognizing those
women divers who had contributed significantly to the exploration, greater
understanding, safety, and enjoyment of our underwater world. Quickly it
was noticed that these contributions would span a wide variety of fields
of specialization, including: the Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Sports, Exploration,
Archeology, Media, Safety, Education, Service, Business, Environment, and
Conservation. And the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) was born.
The members of WDHOF are an elite group that includes the most notable women
leaders and innovators in the diving community. It became the goal of it’s
founders to recognize and honor, while raising public awareness of these
women’s exceptional contributions. WDHOF was founded in 1999, and continues
to be a collaborative effort between Beneath the Sea, Inc., the Underwater
Society of America, the Women’s Scuba Association, Women Underwater,
Hillary Viders, Ph.D., and Capt. Kathy A. Weydig.
There were seventy-two honorees on WDHOF’s inaugural roster. It was
impressive to watch these women gather together at Beneath the Sea to receive
their honors. Here were the top women divers of our time, from across the
world, standing in awe of each other, as well-known name met well-known name
for the first time. It was a gathering of eagles, this outstanding group
of women who have established milestones in many diverse fields of diving.
Needless to say the debut and inaugural events of WDHOF were a huge success
and the catalyst to continue it into the future! Throughout the following
year those members that were unable to attend the Inaugural Awards Ceremony,
were able to accept their awards at various dive expositions and other professional
venues. In doing so they made the presence of WDHOF well known across America
and throughout the world.
January 2001 brought WDHOF to the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association
(DEMA) a dive show exclusively for the trade. Here, for the first time in
front of the entire dive industry, WDHOF inducted the remaining members that
they hadn’t been able to induct throughout the year. Notable among
that group were Zale Parry, star of “Sea Hunt”, Dr. Eugenie Clark,
also known as the “Shark Lady” as well as veteran wreck diver
Evelyn Dudas and safety expert Andrea Zaferes.
Close to 100 attendees and media people looked on as a large group of fellow
Inaugural Inductees, also attending DEMA, gathered for a dazzling show of
the force of women-in-diving and their incomparable achievements. The applause
and kudos that recognized these exceptional women and their achievements
overwhelmed everyone present.
Nominations were received throughout the year 2000, surveyed, and screened
by the WDHOF Selection Committee and its Board of Directors. Thirty-one
new members were selected and inducted for 2001. The same nomination and
selection process continued throughout 2001 and 16 new members were inducted
WDHOF has garnered international acclaim by the
men and women of the corps of divers, and the professionals in the industry.
Learn more about the fascinating members of WDHOF by visiting the member