Left to right: Kristin Valette, PADI Americas Director of Marketing and Communications; Theresa Kaplan, Director of Communications, PADI Diving Society; Margo Peyton; Dr. Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide; and Bob Coleman, PADI Vice President Sales, Retailer and Resort Associations
The President's Award for Outstanding Achievement 2012 was presented to Margo Peyton of Kids Sea Camp/Family Dive Adventures for significant contributions to diving safety and advancement of scuba educational programs for over 4,500 children and their families. The award was presented by Dr. Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. PADI Worldwide also recognized Margo for 20 years of Excellence in Service and outstanding achievement. A Certificate of Excellence was awarded to Kids Sea Camp for exceeding their 2012 professional level certification goals.
Margo Peyton has dedicated her life to bringing families and diving together through amazing adventures and working with local schools doing seminars and educational marine-oriented classroom presentations. Through Kids Sea Camp, Margo also contributes to Oceans for Youth, Ocean Pals, Sea of Tomorrow, Ocean Wishes, Sea Shepherds, WWF, Pangea Seed Shark Conservation, Fiji Malolo School, NY Charities, and SQ Rescue, just to name a few. Kids Sea Camp sponsors training grants and scholarships to local kids around the globe.
Growing with her kids over the years, Margo has created Family Dive Adventures, which includes programs that offer college-accredited dive courses and exotic destinations for families with certified diver kids who want to enjoy a family dive vacation.
Margo has been a PADI diver for over 20 years, and in addition to being a PADI instructor, is also certified as Rescue Diver Instructor, Underwater Navigator, Deep Dive Instructor, Wreck Diver, Professional Underwater Photo Instructor, Equipment Specialist, Enriched Air Dive Instructor, Underwater Naturalist Instructor, Night Diver, Emergency First Response Instructor, Diver Propulsion Vehicle Instructor, and Master Diver Instructor.