PADI recognized Margo and Tom Peyton’s outstanding accomplishments and notable influence on the scuba industry and family travel at a special virtual ceremony on 21 April 2021. Throughout the past 21 years, the Peytons and Kids Sea Camp have certified more than 7,600 kids, and enabled thousands of families to discover shared passions for the sport. More than 100 people from the PADI Family and across the industry joined to celebrate the owners of Kids Sea Camp as they were presented with a PADI Lifetime Achievement Award, only the second such award given to date.
“Margo and Tom are true inspirations who embody the values that matter most to them: love of family, diving, the ocean and travel,” said Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “They have transformed the hearts and minds of over 7,000 heirs to the ocean and will continue to do so in the decades to come. They are the ultimate influencers in creating ocean torchbearers – an inspiration to thousands of all ages, genders and cultures. They continue to build bridges and connections across generations and the global community.”
“I want to thank PADI and all our families for having faith and trust in Margo and our company,” said Tom Peyton, Vice President of Kids Sea Camp. “Faith and trust are the very foundations of the Kids Sea Camp success story. We try to treat everyone as part of our family.”
Members of the PADI Family joined Richardson in honoring the Peytons, speaking of the deep friendships developed over the last two decades. They share stories of their remarkable contributions that embody the soul of ocean exploration and conservation, opening doors for families to bond through diving and enriched with international cultures. The words pioneers, leaders, role models, and inspiration were a common theme.
Friends and business partners from across the industry shared congratulatory messages and well-wishes from across the globe.