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“He who taketh from the sea, someday shall repay that which he taketh away. Three quarters of this planet ‘Earth’ is covered by water.

These ‘oceans’ are our planet's greatest asset -- essential to the preservation of life. 

The oceans are our final source for food and drinking water. The exploitation of our last frontier has already begun. Let us enter in to this world of inner space ever mindful that we have no further place to retreat to.”

Bob Shourot has been elected by SSI as a Platinum Pro 5000 Diver. Few divers will ever reach this highly prestigious level of certification.  Only the most committed to the sport can accomplish over 5000 dives.  In fact, this level can only be received by application and review by the Platinum Pro 5000 Committee, which consists of SSI, Skin Diver Magazine, and other industry leaders.

 Bob Shourot is grateful for the Pro 5000 Instructor Award.  Throughout his 50 years in the dive business, Bob has trained well over 5000 divers and is proud of every one of them. Some of his students are in positions to receive the Pro 5000 award.

Portrait Montage Presented to Robert J. Shourot

Robert J. Shourot, past owner of "The Dive Shop," "Undersea Systems," and "Coastal Diving Academy," was  presented with a portrait montage highlighting events from his impressive career.  The portrait was a gift from past employees, students, and friends to honor Shourot's years of dedication to the diving industry and its  people.

Shourot is shown in the portrait wearing a Viking  suit and gear which he designed and used for the first nuclear reactor dives ever made. To contrast this, the portrait also shows Shourot wearing the traditional Mark V dive suit while welding underwater. This dress was the standard during the early years of his long commercial career.

The portrait includes representations of the Research Vessel Black Coral and the Sea Salvor.  Both of these vessels were used to train his commercial diver students. The R/V Black Coral also transported sport divers to dive sites off the Long Island Coast and the Caribbean and was used as a base for many research projects. The Sea Salvor, a 104' crane vessel with tremendous lifting capacity, salvaged many a treasure from the floor of the ocean.

Another part of the montage depicts large container ships and the Navy's Spruance class of destroyers. Shourot led a team of divers who performed a series of hydrodynamic flow studies on both of these ships.  Photos taken by these teams determined erosion and sound patterns and  were instrumental in correcting problems with the ship's original design. More than a dozen war ships were photographed at flank speeds, resulting in the quietest submarine hunters in the world.

Shourot is also seen in the painting taking  underwater photos with one of the many underwater camera housings he designed and manufactured.

The mixed-medium portrait was created by artist Alan Reingold. Reingold is famous for his portraits of statesmen, which frequently appear on the covers of Time and Fortune magazines.

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