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Testimonials

This project can only be completed by the diving community supporting it.
Below are photographs of just some of those generous benefactors that are making it happen.

When you receive your statuette please upload a photograph and some words with the form at the bottom of this page.

003 of 300 - Geoff Thielst

Love my statuette, wonderful art piece and a great tribute to the pioneers of deep water diving!

009 of 300 - Dan Vasey

As a commercial diver and 27 year instructor training divers at Santa Barbara City College’s Marine Tech program, I am proud to support this project and honor the many divers and pioneers that emerged from Santa Barbara – The birthplace of Deepwater Mixed Gas diving technology. The statuettes are amazing in the detail!

011 of 300 - Richard Fryburg
017 of 300 - Don Barthelmess

We are proud to honor and support this project and the many pioneers who paved the way for working divers worldwide. They advanced our industry with the introduction of light-weight diving headgear and mixed-gas Deepwater diving technology used worldwide today!

018 of 300 - Rob Barthelmess

Our family has six generations of Santa Barbarans, and we are excited this monument will serve as an enduring attraction to this town’s important diving heritage for both visitors and locals.

019 of 300 - Patrick Lahey

It is a privilege and an honor to support the cause of establishing this important monument in the city of Santa Barbara to acknowledge the pioneering and inspirational group of divers who did so much to advance the technology and safety of deep commercial diving.

027 of 300 - Karen Barragan
029 of 300 Nyle Monday

We are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful project commemorating one of the great contributions of Santa Barbara to the world. The statue is amazing, and the full-size monument will be even better. We hope others will join us in this effort.

033 of 300

The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College is pleased to support the project. SBCC’s Marine Tech Program is one of the oldest diver training programs in the USA; founded in 1968 at the height of deep-water exploration and technology developments. Current and future students that see this statue, will continue to gain skills and knowledge about diving and be reminded of the important history that emerged from here and spread worldwide. We are excited to see the sculpture unveiled.

066 of 300 - Lucas Holland
099 of 300 - Mike Wiltshire

The Deepwater Diving Monument is a historic and valuable addition to the Waterfront Community. We are thrilled to support this project. – Mike Wiltshire, Waterfront Director

151 of 300 Tom and Joan Maddox
172 of 300 - Travis Detke

So proud to add this statuette to my collection and pleased with its attention to detail.

222 of 300 - Julane Conrad

My husband and I are proud to support the Deepwater Diving Monument Project in honor of Don Barthelmess. As a Santa Barbara native, I am thrilled to see a piece of local history come to life to educate others how Santa Barbara is the birthplace of deepwater diving. We are looking forward to sharing the history of the monument with our children and future generations to come! DeeDee & Kevin Conrad

294 of 300 - Andrew Becher

I have just received the Deepwater Statuette. I am beyond impressed! Once again the trio of Paul, Tony and Greg have gone from concept to achievement! All three of my statuettes bear the same number 294.

299 of 300 - Patrick Murphy

Great addition to the collection. Matching numbers.

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