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  Martha Watkins Gilkes  
  
Martha Watkins Gilkes
Elected President of the
Women Divers' Hall of Fame

Press Release

When the Women Divers' Hall of Fame met in plenary session in New York recently, they elected long time Antigua resident Martha Watkins Gilkes as their President.

The Women Divers' Hall of Fame is an international not-for-profit organization established to recognize the elite and outstanding women divers whose achievements have enriched the worldwide scuba diving community.

As a part of their mission the Women Divers' Hall of Fame provides educational, financial, and mentorship resources and support for women divers of all ages, but especially those who are preparing for professional careers in diving. Members are leading women divers throughout the world whose dramatic contributions to the underwater world may be found in the arts, sciences, medicine, sport, exploration, archeology, media, safety, education, service business, environment and conservation.

The Women Divers' Hall of Fame new President, Martha Watkins Gilkes (right with Zale Parry, Ingénue from the TV series “Sea Hunt,” Author, and ombudsman for the dive industry, left) has been a professional scuba diving instructor since 1979. For twenty-five years she has worked with such professional underwater filmmakers as Stan Waterman of “Blue water, White Death.”

Martha holds instructor ratings in the scuba diving skills of Wreck Diving, Night Diving, Deep Diving, Underwater Photography and Medic First Aid In 1994 she received the coveted Platinum Pro 5000 Award for achieving over 5000 hours underwater exploring shipwrecks, caves and caverns, in both salt water and fresh water environments throughout tropical and cold water diving throughout the world. “Martha has earned these accomplishments diving through the oceans of the world.”

Martha has worked for over 20 years for the promotion and conservation of the marine environment in the press and media throughout the Caribbean. She is a leading women diver/explorer of the Eastern Caribbean, having explored and documented shipwrecks on 14 Caribbean Islands as well as other shipwrecks worldwide .

Today, Martha Watkins Gilkes is Antigua based, and serves as Diving Liaison Officer for the Historical and Archaeology Society of Antigua and Barbuda. She continues to be an ardent marine conservationist and environmentalist dedicated to promoting of freedom of dolphins throughout the world.

Martha served for four years as the WDHOF President before passing the baton. In 2009 she became the WDHOF Fund Raising Chairlady to raise funds for the WDHOF scholarship fund (see www.wdhof.org for more on the scholarships).

Martha has published two books on diving in the Caribbean: SHIPWRECKS OF THE CARIBBEAN and a sequel to DIVING GUIDE OF THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN. Both books were published by Macmillan in London.


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Women Divers' Hall of Fame
• • Elected President WDHOF • • WDHOF Report
United Nations Environment Program
• • Hurricane Hunting 1 2 • • 2010 Diver Of the Year 12
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2 3a 3b 4 • • CSI Whales Alive! • • Explorers' Club 2001 Dinners 200120062010
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• • Wyland Icon Award • • Press Releases 1 2 3
   
  

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