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Mermet Springs Special Events

Jack Harris Memorial Scholarship

Jack earned the coveted SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Scuba Diver Rating

On July 16, 2022 Mermet Springs lost one of the pilers of our facility, Jack Harris.  Jack began diving in June of 2000 and his passion for the sport led him to become a Dive Professional and Mermet Springs staff member in the spring of 2004.  


Jack was instrumental in all safety aspects of Mermet Springs.  His passion for teaching scuba and his vigilant efforts to keep our facility and divers safe was unsurpassed.  He was at home with fill station operations, gas blending, various under and above water maintenance and safety checks, conducted search and recovery operations for lost equipment, acted as safety monitor and preformed all associated instructor duties as assigned.  He was the "Jack" of all scuba trades and the master of each.

Jack Harris' Dive Career Timeline:

 * Open Water Certification - June 25 - 2000 

 * SSI Dive Control Specialist - April 17, 2009

 * Advanced Open Water - July 30, 2000 

* PADI Dive Master - June 5, 2009

 * Rescue Diver - April 29, 2001

* SSI Training Specialist - August 3, 2009

 * Master Scuba Diver - June 30, 2001

* SSI Assistant Instructor - May 1, 2018

* Enriched Air Nitrox Gas Blender - March 28, 2004 

* SSI Open Water Instructor - June 15, 2019

* Technical Cave Diver - June 27, 2004 

* SSI Advanced Open Water Instructor - June 26, 2019

* PSI Cylinder Inspector & Fill Station Operator - March 4, 2006 

 * SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Award - 2021

Jack also had a very prestigious dive career.  He had more than 2500 dives with over 2100 of them at Mermet Springs with the remaining being at various worldwide dive destinations including his two most memorable dive trips to Truk Lagoon.

Jack loved nothing more than to share his knowledge and skills with divers and, even more, new dive professionals. In fact the only thing that Jack loves more than diving was his beloved family, his wife Peggy and his two sons Jeff and Jon.  Jack's family has asked us to establish this memorial fund in honor of Jack to help those with the same passion to be able to pursue and achieve a career as a Dive Professional.  If you would like to donate to the fund in honor of Jack Harris, Please click the button below.

On behalf of Jack's family, we at Mermet Springs, Jack's extended family, want to thank you for your thoughts, prayers and donations.

Jack, you are forever in our hearts and are sorely missed.

Annual New Year's Day Dive

Every year on New Year's Day, Mermet Springs welcomes divers to come and kick-off the new year with a DIVE!  The dive begins at noon on January 1st.  Hot soup, hot chocolate and coffee are always provided.  The heated shower houses and changing rooms will warm you up after the dive!

Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Mermet Springs hosts the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving late in October.  This event is lots of fun for divers of all experience levels to showoff their carving skills UNDERWATER!  Carving begins at noon and fifty pumpkins will be provided.  You will want to bring your own carving tools. 

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