(Dive Travel Business News - May 1, 2012) -- Albert Falco, the former captain and chief diver of Jacques Cousteau's R/V Calypso, died on April 21st at the age of 84. Capt. Falco was a pioneer scuba diver, legendary mariner, oceanographer and long-time champion of underwater conservation. Falco was also on the Ocean Advocacy Advisory Board of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a non-profit ocean conservation organization.
The officers and the crew of the Calypso inspired two generations of divers and conservationists. Captain Falco saw the diminishment of biodiversity in our oceans over a span of nearly seven decades. He was dedicated to the protection of life and habitats in the sea.
Captain Albert Falco was born in Marseille, France on October 17th 1927. He died in Marseille.
(Dive Travel Business News - June 4, 2010) -- Legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born 100 years ago, on June 11, 1910. To mark the centenary of his birth, National Geographic Books has published a memoir by his eldest son, Jean-Michel, the noted French environmentalist, educator and film producer who has spent much of his adult life nurturing the work of his famous father. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - June 11, 2012 ) -- Born on June 11, 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac (Gironde) in France, Jacques Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer who became one of the world's greatest explorers, ecologists, filmmakers and scientists.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau entered the naval academy in 1930, was graduated and became a gunnery officer. Then, while he was training to be a pilot, a serious car accident ended his aviation career. So it was the ocean that would win this adventurer's soul. In 1936, near the port of Toulon, he went swimming underwater with goggles. It was a breath-taking revelation.
Seeking a way to explore underwater longer and more freely, he developed, with engineer Emile Gagnan, the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, or scuba, in 1943. As the co-developer of the modern "aqualung" - the SCUBA tank and regulator - Cousteau made underwater exploration accessible to scientists and the masses alike. read more »