Bill High is being recognized “for his contribution to underwater science, the environment and the development of standards for scuba cylinder inspection and safety.” Bill is a marine scientist living in greater Seattle, Washington, began diving in 1955 and has maintained a constant involvement with the many facets of underwater science, diver equipment, education and training. He led four extended saturation undersea laboratory teams (Tektite, Hydrolab, FLARE, Helgoland) and directed operations of five major deep submersible diving programs. He personally trained over 8,000 persons in basic or specialty diving skills and over 2,000 visual cylinder inspectors. He maintained a parallel career as a Emergency Medical Technician, Diving Medical Technician, hyperbaric chamber supervisor, and emergency room medic.
Bill High served as the first NOAA Diving Coordinator, Vice President of the Underwater Society of America, and President of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). He is the recipient of numerous industry honors including NOGI Awards for Science, Sports and Distinguished Service, the Greenstone Award, PADI’s Outstanding Achievement Award, NAUI’s Hall of Honor, NAUI Lifetime Achievement Award, and DEMA’s Reaching Out Award. Bill is the only living diver to achieve 3 NOGI awards!
Bill is a prolific writer and photographer, having published more than 150 scientific or technical articles, several books, and over 200 photographs. He is a major contributor to each edition of the NOAA Diving Manual. He has published 5 editions of the book Inspecting Cylinders, which is recognized as the authority on high pressure cylinder inspection!
Single handedly, Bill researched and developed the technical training program for inspection of selected high-pressure cylinders. His devotion to life support cylinder safety influenced the gas industry throughout North America and at various international locations. The PSI-PCI, Inc. training is recognized by federal agencies, international governments, the U.S. Military, scuba instructors, fire industry associations, and cylinder manufacturers including Luxfer, Catalina, Pressed Steel Tanks, Structural Composites Inc, and Worthington.