Emperor Divers Reaches Halfway in ‘Covid Diver Heroes’ Initiative

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Emperor Divers has reached the halfway point of its Covid Diver Heroes initiative, recognising scuba divers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Emperor's fourth Covid Diver Hero is 36-year old New York nurse Phuong Cao, who wins a free liveaboard trip in the Maldives thanks to her nomination by David White:

I would like to nominate Phuong Cao for her tireless efforts fighting this pandemic. Not satisfied with being a frontline hospitalist in New York she took a second job on the COVID team in Guam to treat patients under even tougher conditions on her weeks off! She continues to commute 7750 miles each way and apply herself to both jobs for three months already and counting. Her energy level has no limits and she’s only happy when those in her care are on the mend. I think she definitely deserves a break! I guess the Maldives would be the best choice for her as I know she has dived with you in the Red Sea already.

Emperor has been in touch with Phuong who said: 'Wow what a surprise! Thank you for the recognition! Holding my breath until I get back underwater.'

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One of Emperor's Red Sea fleet, the Emperor Elite won the Best Liveaboard category in our 2020 DIVE Travel Awards, and the Maldives' Emperor Serenity placed in the Top Ten

There are four more awards to be made in the next two months, with two liveaboards each to the Maldives and Red Sea up for grabs for members of the dive community who are worthy of the title of Covid Diver Hero, and Emperor is keen to keep the nominations rolling in.

'This initiative is our way of saying "thank you" to all those hundreds of people who have taken a selfless interest in looking after the vulnerable in their community,' said Luke Atkinson, Emperor’s Red Sea Manager, 'Examples could include health workers, carers or those who have come out of retirement to volunteer locally, but really we know there are many other ways people have been heroic.'

If you'd like to nominate a Covid Diver Hero for a free liveaboard trip, write 100-200 words to Emperor on why they deserve the free liveaboard, and if they would prefer the Red Sea or the Maldives. Entries will be judged by a multinational panel of Emperor's staff, and a winner will be picked every two weeks on the 14 (Maldives) and 28 (Red Sea) of each month.

Send your nominations, or any questions you have regarding the process (terms and conditions apply) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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