Amy Slate , 2015
Scuba Instructor, Ocean and Environmental Conservation Leader, Educational Outreach Advocate.From her start as a YMCA teaching assistant in 1976 to her dream achievement, Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort, a PADI 5-Star Dive Resort and BSAC School, Amy Slate’s passion for marine conservation has earned her the first Blue Star designation by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for marine conservation education. Since Amoray opened in 1993, the Amoray Diver has served over 60,000 divers and Amy and her instructor staff have certified over 6,000 PADI divers, touching each with her marine environmental message. Amy started performing underwater weddings in 1979 and was featured on The Geraldo Show, The Wedding Story and in People Magazine along with many national and international publications. She has been the owner/operator of Dive Charter/Scuba Instructional Operations in Key Largo since 1978 and has served on numerous community and national boards. She currently serves on the board of the Coral Restoration Foundation and Community Bank of Florida and as the Key Largo Dive Umbrella representative to the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Amy has also served on the board of REEF.