Previous Inductees

The number may grow every year with each new class, but one thing remains the same after all this time. Every single last person on this list has done something to elevate the sport of diving.


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2017 INDUCTEES

Dick Bonin

Dick Bonin (USA)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

Former UDT diver who co-founded Scubapro and guided it a premiere position of equipment manufacturing.

KROV MENUHIN

Krov Menuhin (Australia)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

International underwater filmmaker who filmed the first ever footage of a Blue whale underwater and is credited by the BBC and French television with a combined exposure of 300 million viewers worldwide.

Gardner Young

Gardner Young (Bahamas)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

In the 1950’s founded the first tourist diving and training resort in Bahamas, and created and developed the Resort Course of scuba diving training now used worldwide.

Philippe Cousteau, Senior

Kurt Schaefer (Austria)

Significant Career Achievement and/or Industry Contribution

Designer of several early underwater camera housings in the 1940’s with which Hans Hass shot some of earliest free-swimming scuba diving films.

2016 INDUCTEES

Ramon Bravo

Ramon Bravo

During the early years of recreational scuba diving the number of world-class underwater film producers and cinematographers was very small. Ramon Bravo's international reputation for not only his motion pictures depicting marine life behavior but his syndicated television series is legend.

Dr. Joe MacInnis

Dr. Joe MacInnis

Dr. Joe MacInnis is the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole. Supported by the Canadian government, he led ten research expeditions under the Arctic Ocean to develop the systems and techniques to make scientific surveys beneath the polar ice cap. His teams built the first undersea polar station and discovered the world’s northernmost known shipwreck.

Bob Barth

Bob Barth

The Dean of Saturation Divers and the most famous living USN diver. The only diver on the bottom on every USN project from Genesis to SEALAB III. Although those programs were for saturation diving, all excursions were done with scuba, some at over 600 feet.

Philippe Cousteau, Senior

Philippe Cousteau, Senior

Philippe-Pierre Cousteau, Sr. was the second son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and, working with his father, was a co-producer of numerous diving documentaries shown on tv around the world.

Stuart Cove

Stuart Cove

Exposure in film, video and photography is important to recreational scuba diving; with more exposure, more people care about protecting the underwater world. Stuart Cove first got involved with the film industry in 1979, as the owner of Coral Harbor Divers in the Bahamas, working as a diver on the James Bond film, for Your Eyes Only. He began learning about the movie business, taught the cast and crew to dive, and even wrangled sharks for the film. The money he earned allowed him to buy his own boat, and continuing work eventually allowed him to create Stuart Cove’s Diving operation.

2015 INDUCTEES

Bill High

Bill High

Bill High began diving in 1955 and has maintained a constant involvement with the many facets of underwater science, diver equipment, education and training. He has certified thousands of students into the scuba diving world since he became a NAUI Instructor in 1961.

Dr. Albert Jose Jones

Dr. Albert Jose Jones

For over 50 years, Dr. José Jones has been training people to Scuba Dive. He started his own club, the Underwater Adventure Seekers, in 1959, because he was finding that the existing clubs at the time were reluctant to admit and train potential black divers. Since then, he has been directly responsible for the development of many Dive clubs.

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes

The name Peters Hughes in the diving industry is considered legendary and synonymous with Live-Aboard diving. He is considered one of the first instructors to teach Scuba Diving in the Caribbean.

Wally Muller

Wally Muller

Captain Wally Muller was a long-time fisherman, who explored reefs in the Swain sector of the Great Barrier Reef and the distant oceanic Coral Sea atolls that other captains avoided. Many of those areas were uncharted, and considered too dangerous to enter.

2014 INDUCTEES

Alese and Mort Pechter

Alese & Mort Pechter worked for many reaching out to the general public with their unique brand of photography and philosophy, creating awareness the beauty of the underwater world, and of recreational diving as a means to see that beauty.

Bill Acker

Bill Acker

Bill Acker is the owner of Yap Divers and Manta Ray Bay Hotel, in Micronesia in the South Pacific.

Dan Orr

Dan Orr

Dan Orr, most recently the President Emeritus of the Divers Alert Network (DAN) Foundation and formerly the CEO of DAN, has been involved in the diving industry for more than 40 years.

Chuck Nicklin

Chuck Nicklin

Sometime in the middle 1950’s the diving bug bit Chuck Nicklin. Living in San Diego CA, one of the premier US locations for the early diving industry, he became involved with early pioneers of diving living nearby

Neal Watson

Neal Watson

Neal Watson began diving in the Springs of Northern Florida in 1953 at the age of 13 and has been in the diving business for over 45 years.

2013 INDUCTEES

Bert Kilbride

Bert Kilbride

Herbert "Bert" Kilbride was born March 8, 1914 in Springfield MA. His Mother taught him to swim at an early age; in fact he couldn't remember a time he couldn't swim. His mother made him a dive mask when he was only 8 years.

Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey

Dr. Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea.

Rolf Schmidt and Petra Roeglin

Rolf Schmidt and Petra Roeglin

Rolf Schmidt and Petra Roeglin dove the Red Sea in Oct 1974 for the first time. It was a trip organized by the local Dive Club in their hometown in Germany.

Sam Davison

Sam Davison

Sam Davison was a US Marine that spent considerable time in the South Pacific during the Second World War. His time on the island of Guam changed his life and his underwater experiences in the oceans of Guam proved to be the driving force in his life.

2012 INDUCTEES

Ric and Do Cammick

Ric and Do Cammick

Ric and Do Cammick built the first diving resort in Fiji in 1974, near to what is still Fiji's signature dive site, Rainbow Reef. They also pioneered promotion of Fiji on the international market, using film showings at early film festivals, as well as print advertising.

Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler is a multi-faceted, prolific author of adventure fiction and non-fiction novels, undersea adventurer and explorer.

Ron Kipp

Ron Kipp

Ron Kipp left a prominent position with IBM in 1980 and relocated to the Cayman Islands to become the owner of Bob Soto's Diving, Ltd. He began a program of modernizing and promoting not only his business, but also the Cayman Islands.

Leslie Leaney

Leslie Leaney

Born in London, England, Leslie Leaney started diving in 1969 around the island of Singapore.

Kelly Tarlton

Kelly Tarlton

Kelly Tarlton worked throughout his career to design an innovative marine aquarium four times larger than any other in the world. It is called Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and it opened in 1985 in New Zealand.

Armand and JoAnn Zigahn

Armand and JoAnn Zigahn

Armand and JoAnn Zigahn - Thirty-six years ago Armand Zigahn (Zig) founded Beneath the Sea, the largest consumer oceans exposition, dive and travel show in America.

2011 INDUCTEES

Allan Power

Allan Power

Allan Power has a vast knowledge of the President Coolidge; he is the man they call 'Mr President'. Nearly 40 years ago, Allan came to Santo on a salvage expedition and has remained to become the 'caretaker' of this magnificent underwater adventure.

Andre Laban

Andre Laban

Andre Laban is a World-renowned French diver, photographer, author, and painter André Laban, was a pioneering member Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Calypso team, serving as chief engineer and diver.

Bev Morgan

Bev Morgan

Bev Morgan began free diving and surfing in 1949, a year after leaving high school and became a Los Angeles County lifeguard in 1952.

Clement Lee

Clement Lee

Clement Lee is a leader in the development of the recreational dive industry in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Howard and Michele Hall

Howard and Michele Hall

Howard and Michele Hall are award-winning natural history filmmakers and photographers perhaps best known for their underwater IMAX films.

2010 INDUCTEES

Dr. Eugenie Clark

Dr. Eugenie Clark

Dr. Eugenie Clark is a world-renowned ichthyologist and authority on sharks. She is popularly known as the SHARK LADY.

Nick Icorn

Nick Icorn

Nick Icorn, has been called the "Keeper of the Flame" for preserving diving's illustrious history through his collection of sports diving gear.

Francis Toribiong

Francis Toribiong

During the early 1960's, Francis helped divers salvage metals and met pioneer divers who came to Palau, including J.Y. Cousteau aboard the Calypso, leaving a great impression on young Francis who was determined to become a professional diver.

Wyland

Wyland

Marine life artist Wyland has earned the distinction as one of America's most unique creative influences and a leading advocate for marine resource conservation.

2009 INDUCTEES

Geri Murphy

Geri Murphy

Geri Murphy began scuba diving in 1967 as a teenager in the freshwater quarries of Pennsylvania. In 1968, she became a certified diver and a member of two Pennsylvania dive clubs: C-Y Divers and the Main Line YMCA Divers.

Howard Rosenstein

Howard Rosenstein

Howard Rosenstein grew up in Southern California and, as a child, was always at the beach. His first SCUBA experience as a teenager was cleaning pools, after which he was hooked and inevitably took his first certification course a few years later.

Kimiuo Aisek

Kimiuo Aisek

Kimiuo Aisek witnessed Operation Hailstone, the American attack on the Japanese Imperial Navy's Fourth Fleet at Truk Lagoon in 1944. He was only 17 years old, but was old enough to know that life would change forever.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith

He should have been born a fish, but instead Larry Smith was born a boy in East Texas and grew up into a man who loved the water.

2008 INDUCTEES

Bob Halstead

Bob Halstead

As a teenager in England, Bob became fascinated by the underwater adventures of Hans and Lotte Hass.

Cathy Church

Cathy Church

As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive.

Daniel Mercier

Daniel Mercier

Born the 31st of May, 1931 in Clamart in the suburbs of Paris. In his youth he had an unrequited desire to navigate.

Dr. Drew Richardson

Dr. Drew Richardson

Few people have had the influence on diving as has Dr. Drew Richardson, the President and Chief Operations Officer for PADI Worldwide.

Ron Steven - Rogest

Ron Steven - Rogest

Ron Steven is a burst of energy. His work enables him to meet a wide variety of people, and if someone doesn’t take well to his candid enthusiasm, he accepts it as a challenge to win them over.

2007 INDUCTEES

Carl Roessler

Carl Roessler

Carl Roessler never knew he would work in international dive travel until fifteen years after he began his business career.

Neville Coleman

Neville Coleman

Multi-award winning photographic environmentalist, Neville has been seriously recording the aquatic wildlife of the Asia/Pacific region since 1963.

Paul Humann

Paul Humann

An attorney to a dive career, triggered by a single fortuitous phone call.

Ralph Erickson

Ralph Erickson

Ralph D. Erickson is a leading diving educator and writer. He is co-founder along with John Cronin of PADI, the largest dive training and certification organization in the world.

Rodney Fox

Rodney Fox

Great White Shark attack victim, filmmaker and expedition leader Rodney Fox was born in South Australia on 9th November 1940. He is happily married to Kay and they have three children Andrew, Lenore and Darren and 7 grandchildren.

2005 INDUCTEES

Andreas B. Rechnitzer

Andreas B. Rechnitzer

He has given over 50 years of dedicated service to undersea vehicles, diving, ocean technology and ocean sciences.

Dewey Bergman

Dewey Bergman

Dewey Bergman led the way in researching, planning, organizing and operating top quality diving tours. Bergman was an early YMCA and NAUI (#202) Diving Instructor.

Capt. Don Stewart

Capt. Don Stewart

He has spent the greater part of his life in Bonaire taking visitors diving and successfully campaigning to protect the natural underwater wonders.

Ernie Brooks II

Ernie Brooks II

He is a noted photographer, educator and ambassador for the diving industry. Brooks has won international acclaim for his underwater photography and audio/visual presentations.

2004 INDUCTEES

Akira Tateishi

Akira Tateishi

He is Editor/Publisher of several magazines and a leader in the diving community of Japan. For more than four decades, Akira Tateishi has helped focus Japanese and international attention on underwater photography through movies, television, magazines, and newspapers.

Dick Anderson

Dick Anderson

Best described as a witty, swashbuckling diver from the old school of adventure.

Jerry Greenberg

Jerry Greenberg

He has developed new equipment, advanced shooting techniques and some of the greatest underwater photos ever shot. Greenberg is one of the most successful and knowledgeable underwater photographers.

Kendall McDonald

Kendall McDonald

Kendall McDonald’s highly significant contribution to the growth of the sport has particularly been in the field of communication.

Mike Ball

Mike Ball

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is the leading live-aboard dive company in Australia and Papua New Guinea and is synonymous with world-class dive sites and exceptional customer service.

Capt. Spencer Slate

Capt. Spencer Slate

Born 29 Dec 47 and grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. Learned to dive on his own without certification, inspired by watching Mike Nelson (Lloyd Bridges) in Sea Hunt on TV.

2003 INDUCTEES

Chuck Blakeslee and Jim Auxier

Chuck Blakeslee and Jim Auxier

As young sport divers, the team of Chuck Blakeslee and his good friend Jim Auxier began one of the cornerstones of diving.

Frank Scalli

Frank Scalli

Frank Scalli was born April 13, 1931 in Charlestown, MA. He has been a diving instructor and one of the leading marketing professionals of diving equipment for over 40 years.

Frederic Dumas

Frederic Dumas

Frederic Dumas was close friends with Jacques Yves Cousteau and Philippe Tailliez. The three pioneering divers were known as Les Mousqemers or the Three Musketeers.

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau has used his vast experiences to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.

Jordan Klein Sr.

Jordan Klein Sr.

He is also an accomplished underwater photographer and cinematographer. Governments, film companies and educational institutions from around the world call on Klein for his services.

2002 INDUCTEES

Bob Hollis

Bob Hollis

More than 25 years ago, Bob Hollis and a partner started a company known as Oceanic. They made camera housings, strobes, strobe housings and various U/W photo accessories, for a budding industry.

David Doubilet

David Doubilet

David Doubilet was born on August 28, 1946, in New York City. He began snorkelling at the age of eight in the cold, green seas off the northern New Jersey coast.

Ivan Tors

Ivan Tors

Known as the man who created Sea Hunt. Ivan launched his carreer in filmmaking during the early 1940’s with his first story ‘Below the Deadline’ continuing with films shot above the waterline until 1958 when he pioneered underwater cinematography with Underwater Warrior.

John Cronin

John Cronin

Born in Albany, New York in 1928. John J. Cronin has become one of the diving industry’s most prominent figures, with over 30 years of experience in bringing people into the activity of scuba diving as the founder and CEO of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Paul Tzimoulis

Paul Tzimoulis

Tzimoulis became Eastern Sales representative and Associate Editor in 1964. In 1966, at the age of 29, Paul was named Editor/Publisher of Skin Diver.

Zale Parry

Zale Parry

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; elder of seven children. Pioneer skin diver 1947 / scuba 1951; aquatic specialist; early underwater equipment tester for Scientific Underwater Research Enterprises.

2000 INDUCTEES

Al Giddings

Al Giddings

Never settling for off-the-shelf technology, Giddings constantly designs innovative camera, lighting and optical systems in film and video formats, from IMAX to high definition.

Albert Tillman

Albert Tillman

Albert A. Tillman’s involvement in the diving community is legendary.

Ben Cropp

Ben Cropp

His first films - on shark hunting - proved to be highly successful, and sold worldwide.

Bernard Eaton

Bernard Eaton

In 1962, Peter Small, co-founder of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) and the principal organizer of the Congress invited Eaton to help publicize the Second World Congress of Underwater Activities in London.

Bob Soto

Bob Soto

The Cayman Islands are recognised as the birthplace of Caribbean recreational diving, world-wide, a historic event that is attributed to Bob Soto, who established the Caribbean’s first dive operation on Grand Cayman in 1957.

Emile Gagnan

Emile Gagnan

Emile Gagnan was born in France and after graduating from technical school, went to work as an engineer for a large gas-supply firm. Gagnan was a prolific inventor and had developed everything from mechanical razors to butane regulators for automotive fuel systems.

Ellis Royal (E.R.) Cross

Ellis Royal (E.R.) Cross

Starting his career in the United States Navy in 1947, Cross became owner and operator of the Sparling School of Deep Sea Diving in California, where he trained many commercial, open sea, research and other specialty divers.

Gustav Dalla Valle

Gustav Dalla Valle

Gustav Dalla Valle was born in Northern Italy. Fascinated by the sea, he started to free dive in the Mediterranean Sea in his youth. A citizen of the world, he loved to travel and pioneered diving tourism in Haiti.

Hans and Lotte Hass

Hans and Lotte Hass

Hans was fascinated with the underwater world he saw through his first goggles, and decided that he wanted to devote his life to studying it.

Jack W. Lavanchy

Jack W. Lavanchy

In 1964, Lavanchy became the exclusive agent of the diving equipment La Spirotechnique in Switzerland, on the heels of seeing Jaques Cousteau’s film, “Le Monde Sans Soleil.”

Jack McKenny

Jack McKenny

A NAUI instructor since 1963 (NAUI 304) and a PADI master instructor, he moved to the Bahamas for three years where he helped to open the Underwater Explorers Club in 1965.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

A 1930 graduate of the Naval School, Jacques-Yves Cousteau left the French Navy in 1957 with the rank of corvette captain after having organized, with Philippe Tailliez, the French Navy’s underwater study and research group.

Dr. Jefferson Davis, M.D.

Dr. Jefferson Davis, M.D.

Through his research in the application of hyperbaric oxygen, he pioneered its use in the treatment of decompression sickness and air embolism in both military and civilian divers.

Lloyd Bridges

Lloyd Bridges

Lloyd Bridges was an accomplished actor of stage and screen (including “High Noon,” “A Walk In The Sun” and “The Rainmaker”), and becoming one of Hollywood’s busiest actors with such live TV drama as “Alcoa Hour,” “Climax,” “Playhouse 90,” and “U.S. Steel Hour.”

Ron and Valerie Taylor

Ron and Valerie Taylor

Born in Sydney, Australia, Ron and Valerie Taylor began diving in the 1950s. Both became Australian spearfishing champions and Ron a world spearfishing champion, then turning from hunting to marine conservation.

Stan Waterman

Stan Waterman

Stan Waterman has been at the forefront of Scuba Diving since its inception as a recreational sport both in this country and throughout the world.

Sylvia Earl, Ph. D.

Sylvia Earl, Ph. D.

She holds degrees from Florida State University, and Duke University, and was a Radcliffe Institute Scholar, a Research Fellow at Harvard University, and Research Associate at the University of California, Berkeley.