About the ISDHF

The Ministry of Tourism in the Cayman Islands paved the way for the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame to be established in 2000. Our founders are leaders in diving from both the Cayman Islands and the United States. Ever since our inaugural class of 17, we have brought our newest members out for a stay on our islands and a ceremony in their honour. The ISDHF partners with the Historical Diving Society.

These members maintain the high standards of our organization and oversee our annual ceremonies. They are internationally recognised for their contributions above and below the surface. 

Board of Directors

Hon. Moses Kirkconnell

Hon. Moses Kirkconnell


Moses Kirkconnell Deputy Premier of the Cayman Islands is a respected civic leader and businessman. First elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2005, Mr. Kirkconnell has served the Cayman Islands on both the Government and Opposition benches, and in May 2013, he was appointed by H.E the Governor as Minister with responsibility for District Administration, Tourism and Transport.
A businessman involved in retail, tourism, and the construction industry, Mr. Kirkconnell was named Ambassador of Economic Development for the Sister Islands during the Cayman Islands 2005 Quincentennial celebrations. With a passion for tourism, he and has served three times as President of the Sister Islands Tourism Association (SITA).

Leslie Leaney

Leslie Leaney

Executive Director

A diver since 1969, Leslie was a diving officer for BSAC Special Branch in Singapore, and had held numerous positions with diving related non-profit groups. His research into diving history has been translated and published in numerous countries where he has also lectured. As a consultant, Leslie has worked for the National Geographic Society, the B.B.C., the US Navy, the History Channel and other companies. Non-profit fund raising programs introduced and overseen by Leslie have raised over a million dollars and he has contributed thousands of volunteer hours to diving non-profit causes. Leslie is the North American representative of pioneer divers Hans and Lotte Hass, is the recipient of numerous awards and, by the personal sponsorship of Dr. Christian Lambertsen, is a Lifetime Member of the UDT/SEAL Association.

**By virtue of their position on the Board, all members have a vested interest in the scuba diving community, but several serve on the Board as ex officio members, as a result of their appointment to positions within the Cayman Islands diving industry. These positions are; the Cayman Islands Minister of Tourism; President, Cayman Islands National Watersports Association; and President, Cayman Islands Watersports Operators Association. Adding to the scope of the Board, the President of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association, the international trade association for the diving industry, also serves on the Board in an ex officio capacity. Ex Officio members serve for a time that coincides with their term to their appointed position.