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Maritime Research Division


Diver of the Quarter: Steve Haas

By Nate Fulmer

Each quarter, this award is devoted to the hobby diver(s) who go above and beyond the call of duty.  He/she has submitted excellent reports, been an exceptional volunteer, has gone out of their way to preserve cultural heritage and/or natural history in the state, or has been a general inspiration to other licensees, the public, or us.  Four times a year, we pick a licensee that resembles one or more of these noteworthy traits.  

 The honor of Hobby Diver of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter of 2015 goes to licensee Steve Haas (#4183).

      Steve has been recognized by us before for his outstanding work under the auspices of the Hobby Diver License program and we look forward to seeing his detailed reports each quarter.  He has been a licensed hobby diver since 2005.  Like many who brave the murky confines beneath the surface of Lowcountry waterways, he has found some outstanding artifacts while diving.   His reports to us are always among some of the most exeptional we see each quarter.   Steve consistently includes detailed information and even grids for each site where he collects artifact and fossil finds. Steve's site recordings are a great example of ethical collection methodology and he goes the extra mile when asked for additional information, though we seldom have to do that because his reports are so comprehensive.  The photo above is a prehistoric projectile point he reovered in July 2015.  Thanks again for the great work you do to report your finds, Steve. We are grateful to have you involved with the program and always look forward to seeing your finds!

 If you know of someone who fits some or all of these categories and would like to nominate them, please send a brief email to us at mrd@sc.edu and tell us why you think they should be Hobby Diver of the Quarter.