Debbie Smith , 2007
Debbie is a qualified PADI Master scuba diver trainer instructor, Shark diving instructor, SRI international field agent and founder of an eco tourism company Diving with Sharks". A partner in "Offshore Africa" Port St John’s she is a specialist guide in the annual sardine run and is assisting in pioneering diving/ocean and shark conservation along the Wild Coast of S.A. Since certifying in 1986 Debbie’s passion and dedication have led her into assisting top researchers in shark awareness and reef conservation. She has been instrumental in the complete setting up of top dive centers at up market resorts from mapping and naming sites to full operational status. Both have won top international awards and host celebrities from all over the world. Debbie has written and had published articles on diving with great white sharks and shark conservation and education remains her passion. She is highly involved in educational community work with rural school children on water safety ocean & shark education having educated thousands of rural school children to date."