2024

Ronnie Damico

Instructor, Scientific Diving Officer, NAUI Board Member

Ronnie Damico is a female pioneer in the field of diving safety and leadership. In 1979, she became Diving Officer for the USC Catalina Marine Science Center (CMSC). She was also a Chamber Treatment - Team Supervisor. In 1985, she became the Diving Safety Officer for California State University, Long Beach, plus DSO for the Ocean Studies Institute, overseeing scientific diving for six campuses. As a frequent instructor-trainer, she often was the sole female on staff. An acknowledged leader, she served as NAUI Branch Manager, 1987-1989. She was a Program or Conference Director for international conferences and early consumer dive shows in southern California. She was elected to several boards including NAUI’s Board of Directors, 1990-1993.

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