February’s Speaker – Tom Hemphill with Northwest Diving History Association

Tom will be delighted to share what the association is doing to achieve the mission:  Record and preserve the history of Recreational & Scientific Scuba Diving throughout our North Pacific, cold-water diving region, and provide the resources necessary to share the stories of the people and events, and exhibit the collections of equipment, books, magazines, photos and other memorabilia.
1968 - Tom with Ling cropped
 Round Table Pizza
10070 Southwest Barbur Boulevard
Portland, OR 97219

When: Thursday, February 4th at 7pm

Bio: Tom Hemphill began diving at age 14 in 1959 in a rock quarry near Pasco, Washington.  A few years later (1967) he join a dive club in Camas, Washington and was introduced to diving the Oregon coast, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.  Tom became certified as a NAUI Instructor in 1971 and has remained active with NAUI for the past 45 years, currently serving as the Chairman of the NAUI Board of Directors.

In 2010, Tom and several other avid diving leaders decided it was time to get serious about collecting and preserving our NW Diving History.  In 2012, they established the Northwest Diving History Association, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation.

Special Note: Tom Hemphill and Floyd Holcom are actively looking for photos and history of diving the Oregon Coast. They are writing a pictorial book for a publisher on the History of Diving on the Oregon Coast.  They will be covering history from the 50s & 60s up to current times. They are looking for old photos of divers, diving, dive stores, boats, clubs and events. Please contact these gentlemen with anything you may have at www.divinghistory.org