Dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions of women divers

wdhof_m women Divers hall of fame, ocean activist, marine conservationThe Women Divers Hall of Fame™ (WDHOF) is proud to announce the selection of six new Members who will constitute the Class of 2016:



•Patti Kirk Gross – Florida
Marine Conservation Educator, Ocean Advocate, Coral Ambassador

• Laura James – Washington
Environmental Advocate, Filmmaker, Public Speaker

• Dawn Kernagis – Florida
Diving Biomedical Researcher, Educational Outreach Advocate, Cave/Technical Diver

• Chantelle Newman – Great Britain
Educator, Publisher, Public Speaker

• Ruth Petzold – Florida
Photographer, Conservationist, Public Speaker

• Cody Unser – New Mexico
Disability Awareness Advocate, Adaptive Scuba Medical Crusader, Peer Mentor

For biographies of these women click here.

These extraordinary women will be officially inducted into WDHOF on April 2, 2016 at the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey (
Founded in 2000, WDHOF is an international, non-profit, professional honor society whose members’ achievements span a wide variety of fields including: The Arts, Science, Medicine, Exploration & Technology, Marine Archeology, Business, Media, Training & Education, Safety, Commercial & Military Diving, Free Diving, and Underwater Sports.

The Hall’s mission is to recognize the contributions of outstanding women divers and to offer financial assistance and mentorship to women and men interested in pursuing diving careers. As such, WDHOF offers numerous scholarships and training grants each year. For more information about or to contribute to the WDHOF scholarship program, log on to