BALL, Mike

Australia (1948- )

Last updated: December 14, 2017 at 15:04 pm

Pioneer of the diving liveaboard industry; opened the Dive School in Townsville in 1969; invented the Stinger Suit, later known as Diveskins, in 1977; acquired the world’s first custom built twin hull dive vessel, the Watersport, in 1981; built the Supersport to expand service to the Coral Sea in 1986; built the Spoilsport in 1989; introduced 5 star liveaboard service to Papua New Guinea with the Paradise Sport in 1997; founding member of Global Shark Diving in 2014.

Honours and Awards:

SDI/TDI: Outstanding Achievement Award (2009)
International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (2004)
Minke Whale Research Awards (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)
Contribution to DAN Award (2002)
Royal Humane Society Award (1988, 1977)
Multiple tourism awards

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