Hillary Viders Ph.D., 2000
Hillary Viders is an internationally acclaimed speaker, educator and author, with an unusually extensive range of 76 magazines and journals), academic papers, and video scripts, and she has contributed to numerous diving books and training materials, such as the NOAA Manual, focusing on undersea and hyperbaric physiology and medicine, marine science and conservation, dive training and safety, and historic shipwreck exploration. Her Her work has been translated into 6 languages and her book, Marine Conservation for the Twenty First Century, won numerous accolades in the scientific and diving communities.
Hillary Viders is a Founder of the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF. Inc.) and served as the WDHOF Chairman of the Board of Trustees from it’s inception until 2009. Dr. Viders was also the President of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS), a Member of the Explorers Club, a Fellow of the American Society of Oceanographers and a Member of the Undersea Hyperbaric and Medical Society. She founded NAUI’s Environmental Program (one of the first in the diving industry) and the NAUI Environmental Enrichment Award and she has served on the PADI Project Aware Board of Governors and Honorary Board of Governors for the last 10 years. She has served as a director or member of over 20 BODs and she consults to numerous NGOs and government organizations.
Dr. Viders’ has been honored with many dive industry awards, which include a 2001 NOGI Award for Distinguished Service, the 2002 SEASPACE/Project AWARE Environmental Award, two National Association of Instructors Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Diving, the Beneath the Sea Medal of Excellence, the Underwater Society of America’s Diver of the Year Award in 1997, the DAN / Rolex Diver of the Year Award in 1999 and the SSI Platinum Pro 2000 Award. She was also presented by President Clinton and the U.S. Department of the Interior with the prestigious Take Pride In America Award (1993). In 2002, she was cited in Skin Diver Magazine (Milestones Column") as one of the most influential women in diving.
For 28 years, Dr. Viders was a diving instructor. Her specialty was Dive Accident Management, which she taught to professional police, fire, medical and FBI rescue teams.
In addition to her diving career, Dr. Viders has served as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science at New York University's Graduate School and she has worked as a feature writer for the FOX News website. She currently continues to write for a variety of publications and consults to several organizations.