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Message From The Chairman…

Many of us old timers, affectionately referred to as “Diving Dinosaurs,” have been debating for many years about what we are going to do with all of this old diving stuff that we have accumulated. More than just the old diving equipment, we have magazines, photographs, videos, artifacts and lots of other memorabilia. We also have some great stories about the “good old days” of spearfishing contests, exploring old shipwrecks, discovering new dive sites, inventing new diving equipment, and creating new training methods.

Our one common desire is to establish a Northwest Diving Museum. We’ve discussed locations and logistics for a large museum that is open to the public year-round. This could be established as part of an existing museum. We’ve considered a series of smaller mini-museums that may be located at restaurants, resorts, or at any business location that would attract visitors.

This web site will serve as our on-line museum. Here we can post photos and videos, and chronicle the history of recreational and scientific diving throughout our cold-water region.

This web site is dedicated to fulfilling our mission because history is always interesting and we sincerely feel that our NW Diving History is worthy of being preserved and shared with everyone.

We appreciate your interest and thank you for visiting our web site. Make sure that you get on the newsletter list and get connected with us on Facebook.

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