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3rd August 09

New Jonathan Crusher Award introduced for BSAC Volunteer of the Year 2009

BSAC has introduced a brand new national award which will be presented to the overall winner of BSAC's Branch Volunteer of the Year 2009.
The Jonathan Crusher Award has been created to recognise an                    outstanding individual who, in the spirit of BSAC as a voluntary organisation, has performed as a volunteer beyond the normal call of duty, for the benefit of their BSAC branch.

The recipient of the first-ever Jonathan Crusher Award will be selected from the 30 regional finalists of the Suunto-sponsored Branch Volunteer of the Year 2009. Each finalist will receive a Suunto D6 dive computer, while the Jonathan Crusher Award winner will also receive a beautiful, bespoke trophy.

BSAC launched the Suunto Volunteer of the Year award earlier this year, aimed at recognising the significant contribution of our branch volunteers. Branch members can still nominate their own 'unsung hero', with the closing date for final nominations 30th November 2009. 

Any branch member can nominate a fellow branch member by completing the online nomination form at

The Jonathan Crusher Award
Jonathan CrusherThe Jonathan Crusher Award is named in memory of Jonathan Crusher, a BSAC member for many years, who died last September. His devotion to divers and diving, his branch, the region and BSAC as a whole in many ways exemplified the club ethos and it’s very fitting that this award is to be named after him.

On behalf of Jonathan's diving friends, Neil Barnes explains why the award is a fitting tribute:

"Jonathan Crusher was an outstanding example of  the ideal BSAC club volunteer. As a member of the London Central YMCA (YDive) 1028 branch for many years, he devoted much of his time as an instructor and held various    committee posts including, in particular, Training Officer. As a BSAC Advanced diver and Advanced Instructor, he also played an important and active role in the London regional coaching scheme.

Jonathan's approach to diving was calm and methodical. His teaching style made the subject interesting and students  enthusiastic to learn. Quietly spoken and thoughtful, you knew that what he said would either be a carefully considered and perceptive remark or an equally incisive joke. 

Like all great volunteers, he was popular to have on dive trips both socially  and because dives would  be more enjoyable if Jonathan  was your buddy. As a technical and extended range diver, Jonathan also became known and respected among many experienced members of the diving community.

Jonathan managed to combine his diving activities with a successful career as a solicitor and partner in the prestigious law firm Farrer  & Co., where  despite being instrumental in many high profile actions,  he found time to help BSAC with legal issues at a national level. While pursuing this stressful and demanding job, Jonathan would often tell his secretary to hold all his calls unless they were diving related.

BSAC recognises that it is unsung heroes, like Jonathan, who enable it to function as the world's most respected diving organisation. Jonathan will be sorely missed by all who knew and dived with him but the creation of this award will allow his ethos, enthusiasm and commitment to continue to be recognised."