The following was received from NAUI Worldwide on January 3, 2023.
Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agency whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world's underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: The Definition of Diving!
We have some very sad news to share: Rick “Ranger Rick” Lorimor, CEO of NAUI/NAUI Services Group since 2018 and a former NAUI Board Member, has unexpectedly passed away. Rick leaves behind his wife, Debbie; his son, Matthew; and two grandkids.
Ranger Rick discovered his love of diving while serving in the Army in 1976. He was passionate about diving, and was an incredible instructor, mentor and knowledgeable leader fully committed to NAUI and its mission.
Rick’s vision was to build the best worldwide diving certification agency through education and by having the very best instructors – and he realized this vision by building relationships around the globe. He has touched so many of our lives and he will be missed.
We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family during this difficult time. We will provide more details about funeral arrangements/services when available.
From the NAUI Worldwide Family