It is not often that a person is asked to carry on such an important tradition as that of the Boston Sea Rovers. That said, when former Chairman of the Board, Brian Skerry, and the current Chairman, Dave Morton, asked me to become the President, I initially responded, “I’ll have to think about it.” The Boston Sea Rovers is not just a group that organizes a yearly dive show, to call the Rovers Clinic just another dive show, doesn’t do it justice.
For almost 60 years the Boston Sea Rovers Show has not only been introducing the public to the underwater world, but also uniting important characters in the world of underwater exploration, science, travel and recreation. The father of diving, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, met Sea Rover and MIT professor, Dr. Edgerton, at the Rovers clinic sparking a relationship that would result in the birth of underwater photography and filmmaking. Dr. Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, was a former officer of the Boston Sea Rovers and was inspired at a young age to dream such a dream while attending the clinic. These are just a couple of examples of some of the dreams and relationships that have been born out of this yearly tradition – to list them all would take more space than I have here.
And so, it was with great seriousness that I agreed to carry on this incredible tradition to the best of my ability. It is my intention to continue and expand the club’s mission: Education, Exploration and Conservation of the Underwater World. However, a President is only as good as his supporting cast, and so I would like to give a big shout out to all of the active Boston Sea Rovers, an all-volunteer group, who generously donate their time and expertise each year to make the show a success. They tirelessly work throughout the year to make the clinic the best it can possibly be. It is with a giant debt of gratitude that I thank the entire active member roster and the associates of the Boston Sea Rovers.
I look forward to seeing you at the show this year.