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UNEXSO dive instructor Christina Zenato to be inducted into Women Divers Hall of Fame

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That smile could only be Christina doing what she loves best - diving with the sharks. (Photo: Eddy Raphael)FREEPORT,Grand Bahama -- Well known local UNEXSO dive instructor Christina Zenato has many accolades to her credit as a pioneer in the underwater world.  She's one of only a handful of shark-feeders in the world, and passionate about these misunderstood creatures.  She's also another rare breed in the Bahamas - a cave diving instructor who leads specially trained divers into little-known realms that are not only underwater but under terra firma as well.

Many magazines have chronicled her adventures including Advanced Diver, Rebreather World, and Earth Illustrated to name a few.  In addition, she's listed in the International Legends of Diving and is an SSI (Scuba Schools International) Platinum Pro.  But coming up on March 25-27th at the Beneath the Sea dive show in New Jersey, she will be inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame!

WDHOF Members are the pioneers, leaders, innovators and world record holders throughout the international diving community. These areas of diving and undersea endeavours include: the Arts, Science, Medicine, Exploration & Technology, Marine Archeology, Business, Media, Training & Education, Safety, Commercial & Military Diving, Free Diving, and Underwater Sports.

There are currently one hundred and forty-six Members in the Women Divers Hall of Fame, hailing from twenty-nine U.S. states and Territories and eleven countries worldwide. The Women Divers Hall of Fame™ (WDHOF) is an international non-profit professional honor society whose member contributions span a wide variety of fields including: The Arts, Science, Medicine, Sports, Exploration, Marine Archeology, Media, Service, Dive Training and Education, Safety, Business, Marine Environment and Conservation, Free Diving, Commercial Diving, and Military Diving.

Created in 1999 and incorporated in 2001 by six founding sponsors: Beneath the Sea, Inc., the Underwater Society of America, the Women’s Scuba Association, Women Underwater, Hillary Viders, Ph.D., and Capt. Kathy A. Weydig; WDHOF, Inc. was granted its 501(c)(3) status in 2002.

Christina receiving the SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Award in 2008. (Photo: Eddy Raphael)WDHOF's two-part mission is to:
1. Recognize women divers who have made outstanding contributions to the exploration, understanding, safety and enjoyment of our underwater world and
2. Support the underwater world and its associated careers by promoting opportunities for women and men in diving through scholarships, internships and mentorship opportunities and a worldwide network of industry contacts.

Christina will join such famous names as Zale Parry, star of “Sea Hunt”, Dr. Eugenie Clark, also known as the “Shark Lady” as well as veteran wreck diver Evelyn Dudas and safety expert Andrea Zaferes as a member of this elite group.

Cristina was born in Italy in December 1971 and grew up in in the middle of the rain forest of the African Congo until the age of 15.  She came to the Bahamas when she was 22 and learned scuba diving, a sport that has defined her life and career since.  Grand Bahama is lucky to have such a talented person among us.  Congratulations Christina!

Photo 1: That smile could only be Christina doing what she loves best - diving with the sharks. (Photo: Eddy Raphael)

Photo 2: Christina receiving the SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Award in 2008. (Photo: Eddy Raphael)