The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) and the History of Diving Museum are proud to announce Vintage Weekend Wonders, a community event to be held Saturday, August 12 through 13, 1 p.m., at Lookout Lodge in Islamorada, Florida. The event will begin with a vintage diving event (recreate a Sea Hunt scene!) and end with guided tours.
The event will include a barbeque, Sea Hunt episodes, a lagoon cleanup with NAUI Green Diver Initiative, and free photo scanning and restoration with VIVID-PIX, a company focused on developing easy-to-use software that helps restore underwater, land and old and new pictures.
To show NAUI’s support of the museum, NAUI Executive Director Dallas Edmiston and Board of Directors Chair Dave Ochs presented the museum’s executive director, Lisa Mongelia, and her team with a $1,000 Iron Mike sponsorship in early March 2017. With the sponsorship, NAUI members and divers receive 25 percent off museum admission.
As part of its temporary Evolution of Dive Training exhibit in 2016 and 2017, the History of Diving Museum displayed several items from NAUI’s training-materials archive, sharing them with more than 16,000 annual visitors.
“Many of the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum’s visitors show a special interest in NAUI’s ‘Timeline of Dive History’ poster. Let’s face it, those of us who are now ‘senior’ divers were diving with NAUI through that era; we used their manuals and can personally relate to the equipment shown,” said Dr. Sally Bauer, speaking to NAUI’s contribution to the Evolution of Dive Training exhibit.
Located in Islamorada, Florida, the History of Diving Museum tells the international story of humanity’s quest to explore, understand and venture under the sea and is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs and oral history related to the history of diving.
The museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution, with the majority of its artifacts being provided through the generous support of its founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, who hold one of the largest collections of historic diving equipment and research documents in the world.
“We tell the international story of man’s attempts to explore, understand, and venture under the sea. We also celebrate the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story,” states the museum’s mission.
In addition to this collaboration, NAUI is the official sponsor of two free monthly “Immerse Yourself!” seminars hosted by the museum. The first NAUI-sponsored seminar will be conducted by the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Mallory Fenn on October 18 at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.naui.org/events/history-of-diving-museum-immerse-yourself-presentation.
NAUI appreciates the opportunity to share its legacy with museum visitors. To find out more about visiting or contributing to the museum, go to http://www.divingmuseum.org/or call 305-664-9737.
To participate or get involved in Vintage Weekend Wonders, visit https://www.naui.org/events/history-of-diving-museum-vintage-weekend-wonders.