At Submaldives, we live to dive. We promise you. It is true. Diving is our passion, and every day that passes we feel more inspired with those that have contributed to this extreme and save sport in many different ways. For this reason we would like to share with you some of the most influential and worldwide recognized divers in the entire planet. This list is by now means exhaustive. It would take much more than just one post to talk about all of them, but it is a first start. Let’s take a closer look.
I will start with probably the most important underwater adventurer, filmmaker, author, activist, environmentalist in the world and inventor of the aqualung. I would dare to say that you already know him. I am referring to Jacques Cousteau, father of scuba diving.
His son, Jean-Michel Cousteau (1938 – ) is also one of the chosen. He is listed as the first certified diver in the planet. In fact, it is reported that his first dive was when he was 7 years old.
He dived with an aqualung (the invention of his father) in 1945. He is president and the founder of the Ocean Futures Society, a nonprofit marine conservation and education organization. He is also and influential filmmaker that has produced over 70 films.
Although Lloyd Bridges (1913 – ) was an American actor (Hollywood) who appeared in more than 150 films, he is also considered some of the most famous scuba divers. He introduced scuba diving to millions of people through Sea Hunt, the most popular American TV series in 1958. Thanks to Lloyd Bridges for his contribution, many recreational divers begin to practice scuba diving because of this role in the series. Bridge was also NAUI’s first honorary instructor member.
Who does not know something about PADI, the largest diving certification in the world? In fact, most of us are accredited by PADI. John Cronin (1929-2003) was co-founder and CEO of PADI. Along with Ralph Erickson, he formed in 1966 the way the world learns to dive.
Known as the World’s Greatest Treasure Hunter, Mel Fisher (1922-1998) is also include in the most famous scuba divers. He found Nuestra Señora de Atocha and Santa Margarita, the Spanish galleon, founded on July 20. These ships sank 350 years ago and contained over $450 MM in silver, gold and other relics. Can you imagine finding one galleon in the middle of a diving safari in Maldives? Not a very likely probability but you never know.
Finally, we would like to mention a very special person for us. She was named by Time Magazine as the first HERO for the Planet. Sylvia Alice Earle (1935 – ), called the “Sturgeon General” or “The Queen of Deepness”, is an American oceanographer, diver and author. She is probably the best know female marine scientist. Since 1998 she has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and a former chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Moreover, she holds the record for solo diving, at the incredible depth of 3280 feet. With more than 60 expeditions and more than7.000 hours underwater, we would like to share that without any doubt at Submaldives, we considered Earle as our hero too.