Steve Broadbelt, owner of East End’s Ocean Frontiers dive operation, is one of four pioneers of the Cayman Islands scuba diving industry who will be honored at this year’s International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame ceremony. Eight individuals from overseas will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The eight divers from other countries who are being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year are: the late Ramon Bravo, an underwater filmmaker from Mexico; Joe MacInnis of Canada, the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole; famed U.S. Navy diver and “dean of saturation divers” Bob Barth; French underwater documentary maker, the late Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of Jacques Cousteau; Stuart Cove of the U.S., who helps educate the public about sharks in the Bahamas; and early dive equipment pioneers from Japan, Watanabe Riichi, Ohgushi Kanezo and Kataoka Kyuhachi.
Mr. Broadbelt, a past president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and long-serving board member of the CITA water sports sector, founded the concept of the Cayman Dive 365 program. He has been instrumental in promoting Grand Cayman diving through social media and is a major contributor to the development and promotion of diving on Grand Cayman’s East End, where he has logged more than 5,000 dives. His premier dive operation, Ocean Frontiers, has been a favorite of our Grand Cayman Villas and Condos guests for over 10 years. Their dive masters are some of the best on the island.
Mr. Broadbelt, who has lived in the Cayman Islands since 1992, spearheaded the Mooring Buoy Installation program for East End and the Shark Awareness Project.