Emperor Divers Awards Fifth Covid Diver Hero with Maldives Liveaboard Trip

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Emperor Divers has continued its Covid Diver Heroes programme to reward scuba divers who have stepped up during the Covid-19 pandemic with free Red Sea or Maldives liveaboard trips. 

'It shouldn't come as a surprise,' said Emperor in its latest statement, 'that so far every one of our recognised heroes has been working in the hospitals... deep down we all know that that is where the effects of corona are most keenly felt.' Emperor's latest recipient of the award, 'another awesome hero from the diving community working in the intensive care wards battling the terrible effects of this virus,' is 38-year old Ingrid Stubelius from Sweden, who was nominated by her husband, Frederik.

On the pictures here is my wife, mother of our kids, my buddy underwater, in her happy place and surroundings. You can google her name and the images that come up are far away from wetsuits, night dives and liveaboard trips, unfortunately. Luckily, she can show up at home with a nice mask squeeze from time to time due to various protective equipment!

For more than a year she has spent countless of hours, nights, and weekends, to help the sickest people at the intensive care at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is specialized in anaesthesia and intensive care but except from helping you and me and our fellow citizen, she has also being a big support for the whole medical team as she is also a delegate from the Swedish Medical Association.

The focus as the safety representative has been on making sure people don’t get burned out, that they can get the needed and well-deserved breaks between shifts and to make sure all people, doctors, and patients, are being treated in the safest way possible, at the safest places available.

Because of her commitment, she’s the hero for many heroes and her Superwoman Crocs couldn’t fit better!

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Not all heroes wear capes! And most of them don't wear crocs, either...! 

On receiving the news that she had been chosen as Emperor's latest Covid Diver Hero, Ingrid replied:

Dear hero panel! Thank you so much for this amazing piece of news! As you can understand the announcement, and Fredrik’s nomination, brought a little tear to my eye. As Fredrik says, underwater is indeed a happy place for me and it is not an exaggeration to say that the dream of diving again is one of the things that have given me energy in this long and terrible fight against the pandemic. And joining an Emperor liveaboard in the Maldives is truly a dream come true! The thought alone makes me want to get on a plane right away, but it will have to wait a while longer. Thank you!

The Covid Diver Heroes programme is just over halfway through and there are three more liveaboards to be awarded over the next six weeks. 

'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 know a diver who has been heroic this past year, Emperor would like to hear about it. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell the team in 100-200 words why the diver deserves to be nominated as a hero and whether they would prefer the Red Sea or the Maldives. 

There are two remaining Red Sea liveaboard trips available and one more to the Maldives, with final entries for the Red Sea being accepted until 20 May and 21 June for the Maldives. A multinational panel of Emperor's staff will pick the winners and the results will be announced on the 14 and 28 of each month until 14 June.


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