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Short essay on influence of sea hunt

Discussion in 'History of Scuba Diving: Tales from the Abyss' started by covediver, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
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  2. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    I grew up watching Sea Hunt and Jacques Cousteau and I am sure that they influenced my decision, and my husband's decision, to take up scuba diving.

    I keep reading about the dwindling number of younger people taking up the sport and I wonder, is it just because we were part of the humongously-large baby boomer generation? Or is it because younger generations were not exposed to Mike Nelson and Jacques Cousteau, or similar undersea icons?

    We visited the Scuba Hall of Fame when we were in Grand Cayman last year, it was interesting to see all the antique gear and learn about the pioneers of the sport and industry, and right there in the middle of all the Gods of Scuba was Lloyd Bridges! They had pieces of his gear from the 1st season of the show and he was honored for his tremendous influence, as Mike Nelson on Sea Hunt, on the growth of interest in diving all over the world.

    Cayman welcomes Scuba Hall of Fame | Cayman Compass
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2018
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  3. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
    I visited the Dive Museum on Catalina Island and got to see some of the gear I'm still diving with!

    My #1 inspiration was being dropped in about 80 feet of water off Los Coronados at age 11--my immediate reaction was "this is for me." My next-door neighbor was a spearfisherman and he's the one that introduced me to the underwater world for real. I certainly enjoyed watching Sea Hunt and Jacques Cousteau and I'm sure they influenced me too but nothing could replace my real-life experience. I can't say for sure but there's very little doubt that I would have started diving without the first experience but I'm thinking I probably would have done it even without Mike Nelson or Jacques. My father used to go in Mission Bay with his mask and come back with a starfish or two but he never bothered to take me with him.
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  4. WeRtheOcean

    WeRtheOcean Nassau Grouper

    Here is that Sports Illustrated article:


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