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Saturday 5th April 2025


The Deepwater Diving Monument will recognize and celebrate Santa Barbara's legacy as the birthplace of Deepwater Diving and will be gifted to the City by the Local and International Diving Communities.


Located adjacent to the Santa Barbara Harbor, this long overdue monument will depict a professional diver, circa 1982 “Going to Work", wearing the locally made and world-standard Kirby Morgan® Superlite® 17 Diving Helmet.

To read more about Santa Barbara's diving history click HERE.

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The Project is being funded by the sale of Limited Edition, Certified, Fine-Art Bronze Statuettes sculpted by California-based artist, Greg Polutanovich and by Charitable Donations through The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM).

SBMM (a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation) is acting as the fiduciary fiscal agent for the project, it is located in Santa Barbara, California on the Waterfront adjacent to the planned location of the Monument.

(As a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit, donations made to the project through the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum  (SBMM) are fully tax-deductible as a charitable gift under US Internal Revenue Service code).

The purchase of a Deepwater Diving Monument Limited Edition Statuette will also include a certificate of authenticity, a numbered challenge coin in a presentation box, and a VIP invite for the owner and a guest to the Monument unveiling event.
Prices of statuettes will increase as the project progresses.

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Greg's remarkable talent can be seen in the detail and historical accuracy of the Mark V Monument Statuette (left) and the Military Diver Memorial Statuette (right) alongside the Deepwater Diving Monument Statuette (Center).

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An impression of the bronze plaque that will be attached to the Monument base, commemorating Santa Barbara as the birthplace of deepwater diving.


The planned location for the Monument is on the the harbor front HERE and will allow excellent visibility from the road, harbor parking lot and adjacent sidewalks.

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