DARKIN, Valeri (Валерий Даркин)

Russia (1956- )

Last updated: March 26, 2020 at 18:40 pm

Former Chief Diving Officer and marine biologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences; founded the first liveaboard diving company in Russia (1990); first professional member of an American training agency in the former Soviet Union; member of AAUS; opened first PADI Dive Center in Russia (1993); underwater photographer and videographer; writer; first recipient of the Black Pearl Award for his pioneer work in the development of the Russian Diving Industry; family operates a dive lodge on the Russian Pacific Coast.

Russian National Award in Underwater Activities (2010)
Black Pearl Award

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