Bruce Banks, CDR USN (Ret) and DIT’s long-time managing owner, was honored by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) at their recent annual conference, March 25-27. DCBC officials awarded Mr. Banks with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the diving industry.
The Divers Certification Board of Canada presented Bruce Banks with the Lifetime Achievement Award. His acceptance speech is as follows.
Thank you. I am pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award and to join past recipients I have long admired and respected. A very special thanks to the DCBC Board for selecting me. I would be remiss by not thanking my staff at DIT, especially John Paul Johnston and Mike Redeen for supporting my efforts to improve diver training.
I have spent a lifetime dedicated to the diving community, both in the Navy and in my civilian life. In the military, I assisted in the security of our two great nations. In my civilian years, I have participated in scientific endeavors to unlock the secrets of the sea and also in training young people to take on the great responsibilities and challenges a career in diving demands.
In this twilight of my long diving career that holds so many wonderful memories, my one hope is that my passion and love for this community is instilled in the young men and women that remain and that they find the satisfaction and honor I have found in my career.
In conclusion, I would be remiss in not thanking Canada, specifically the Canadian Standards Association and the Diver Certification Board of Canada for allowing me to participate in the important developments of the last two decades.
Bruce has spent a lifetime dedicated to the diving community, both in the Navy, assisting in security of the U.S and Canada and in a more than 30-year civilian as a Diving Safety & Salvage Specialist. In his civilian years, he participated in scientific endeavors to unlock the secrets of the sea and also in training young people to take on the great responsibilities and challenges a career in diving demands.
Bruce’s legacy includes his leadership in establishing the international training standards for commercial divers in the U.S. and Canada. He worked with teammates Richard “Ragman” Radecki, Frank LaQue, and Thom Howell alongside the Canadian Standards Association to provide quality technical training to future generations in hopes they will find great satisfaction in their careers as Bruce Banks has done. DIT was the first U.S. dive school to receive DCBC accreditation in 2003 for training divers to international commercial diving standards.
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