List of underwater divers

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This is a list of underwater divers whose exploits have made them notable.[1]

Pioneers of diving[edit]

  • Victor Berge – Swedish diving pioneer and author (1891–1974) helmet diving
  • James F. Cahill – American scuba diving pioneer (1926–2008) credited with introducing scuba diving to the USA.[2]
  • Jacques-Yves Cousteau – Inventor of scuba-diving apparatus and film-maker (1910–1997)
  • Philippe Diolé – French author and undersea explorer (1908–1977)
  • Frédéric Dumas – French pioneer of scuba diving (1913–1991) spearfishing, wreck diving
  • Émile Gagnan – French engineer and co-inventor of the open circuit demand scuba regulator (1900–1979)
  • Gary Gentile – American author and pioneering technical diver (1946–) wreck diving
  • Bret Gilliam – Pioneering technical diver and author. (1951–)
  • Hans Hass – Austrian biologist, film-maker, and underwater diving pioneer (1919–2013) underwater photography
  • Tom Mount – Pioneering technical and cave diver
  • Bill Nagle – American wreck diving pioneer (1952–1993) wreck diving
  • Dick Rutkowski – American pioneer in hyperbaric and diving medicine and use of mixed breathing gases for diving diving medicine, diver training
  • E. Lee Spence – Underwater archaeologist (1947–) underwater archaeology
  • Robert Sténuit – Belgian journalist, writer, underwater archeologist and the first aquanaut. (1933–)
  • Philippe Tailliez – French pioneer of scuba diving and underwater photographer (1905–2002) skin & scuba diving
  • Teseo Tesei – Italian naval officer and pioneering military diver (1909–1941) inventor of human torpedo
  • Arne Zetterström – Diver involved in experimental work with Hydrox breathing gas (1917–1945)

Record holders for depth[edit]

(Scuba and surface supplied)

  • Pascal Bernabé – French claimant to scuba diving depth record
  • John Bennett (diver) – British technical diver and former record holder lost in commercial diving incident (1959–2004)
  • Jim Bowden – Record breaking technical and cave diver
  • Mark Ellyatt – British technical diver and previous depth record holder
  • Sheck Exley – American cave and deep diving pioneer and record breaker (1949–1994)
  • Ahmed Gabr (current deepest scuba dive record)
  • Nuno Gomes (diver) – South African diver and holder of scuba depth record
  • Simon Mitchell – New Zealand physician and author on diving medicine
  • Claudia Serpieri – Italian technical diver and depth record holder
  • Dave Shaw (diver) – Australian technical diver and former record holder killed in a diving incident
  • Krzysztof Starnawski – Polish technical and cave diver

Cave divers[edit]

  • Graham Balcombe – Pioneering British cave diver (1907–2000)
  • Jim Bowden – Record breaking technical and cave diver
  • Sheck Exley – American cave and deep diving pioneer and record breaker (1949–1994)
  • Martyn Farr – British cave diver (1951–)
  • Jarrod Jablonski – Pioneer American cave diver, author and previous cave diving record holder (1969–)
  • Artur Kozłowski – Polish cave diver (1977–2011)
  • Jack Sheppard – British cave diver (1909–2001)
  • Wesley C. Skiles – American cave diver and underwater cinematographer. (1958–2010)
  • Krzysztof Starnawski – Polish technical and cave diver
  • Rick Stanton – British civilian cave diver who specialises in rescues (1961/2–)
  • John Volanthen – British volunteer cave diver who specialises in rescues (1971–)

Notable for other reasons[edit]

  • Eduard Admetlla i Lázaro – Catalan scuba diving pioneer and underwater filmmaker (1924–2019) patented a scuba diving breathing device in 1953,[3][clarification needed] and broke the scuba diving depth record in 1957 by becoming the first person to dive beyond 100 metres (330 ft) using scuba.[4]
  • Michael C. Barnette – American underwater diver, author and founder of the Association of Underwater Explorers (born 1971)
  • Leigh Bishop – Diver known for shipwreck exploration and photography (born 1968) (shipwreck discovery)
  • Berry L. Cannon – American aquanaut who died in a diving incident. (1935–1969)
  • John Chatterton – American wreck diver, co-host for History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives series (born 1951) (shipwreck discovery)
  • Craig B. Cooper – American aquanaut (born 1949?)
  • Fabien Cousteau – Aquanaut, ocean conservationist, and documentary filmmaker (born 1967)
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau – French oceanographic explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer (born 1938)
  • Philippe Cousteau – French diver and cinematographer (1940–1979)
  • Lionel Crabb – Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver (1909–1956)
  • Billy Deans – American pioneering wreck and technical diver
  • Deon Dreyer – South African scuba diver who died in Bushman's Hole (1974–1994)
  • Ted Eldred – Australian inventor of the single hose diving regulator (1920–2005)
  • Oscar Gugen – A founder of the British Sub-Aqua Club (born 1910)
  • Bob Halstead – Underwater photographer, author, journalist and commentator on the recreational diving industry. (born 1944)
  • Jill Heinerth – Canadian diver, writer and underwater filmmaker (born 1965) Underwater explorer
  • Mark Hulsbeck – American professional aquanaut. Oceanographic Operations Field Manager and research diver for the Aquarius Reef Base (born 1956)
  • Karen Kohanowich – American aquanaut and ex US Navy diver
  • Richie Kohler – American technical diver and shipwreck historian
  • Trevor Jackson – Australian technical diver and author (born 1965)
  • Graham Jessop – British commercial diver and marine archaeologist (born 1957)
  • Keith Jessop – British salvage diver and treasure hunter (1933–2010)
  • Dominic Landucci – American professional aquanaut and Network Analyst at the NOAA Aquarius Reef Base
  • Steve Lewis (diver) – Technical scuba diver and author
  • Agnes Milowka – Australian cave diver (1981–2011)
  • John Mattera – American wreck diver and author (born 1962) (shipwreck discovery)
  • Stephanie Schwabe – German geomicrobiologist, diver and underwater researcher (born 1957)
  • Willard Franklyn Searle – US Navy ocean engineer and developer of diving and salvage equipment and systems (1924–2009)
  • David Shaw – Australian technical diver and former record holder killed in a diving incident (1954–2005)
  • Dewey Smith – American aquanaut. Died in diving accident. (1972–2009)
  • James Talacek – American professional aquanaut
  • Jason deCaires Taylor – British sculptor and creator of the world's first underwater sculpture park (born 1974)
  • Joachim Wendler – German aquanaut who died in a diving accident (1939-1975)
  • Sadio Mané - (born 1992) Football Player for FC Liverpool

Free-divers[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Notability to qualify for this list is established by having, as a minimum requirement, a biographical article on English Wikipedia, in which their notability as a diver is explained.
  2. ^ Hanauer, Eric (1994). Diving pioneers: an oral history of diving in America. San Diego: Watersport Publishing Inc. p. 33. ISBN 0-922769-43-5. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
  3. ^ Patente de invención nº 208713, Madrid 13 abril 1953
  4. ^ Vidal Sola, Clemente (3 October 1957). "Espana conquista la marca mundial de profundidad con escafandra autonoma". La Vanguardia Espanola. p. 20. Retrieved 14 April 2015.