Last updated: December 13, 2017 at 15:55 pm
First person to cross the English Channel on scuba in 1962; first to dive from Sicily to the Italian mainland across the Messina Strait (June 1962); first to dive from the Rock of Gibraltar to Spain (1962); first to dive across the Øresund Strait from Denmark to Sweden (October 1962); first to dive across the Bosphorus Strait to Europe and back to Asia (Turkey) (November 1962). In December 1962, Baldasare was the first to dive across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Africa. He completed the 35 km (22 miles) from Tarifa to Ceuta without surfacing in 8 hours 18 minutes. He was also the first to dive the Laguna del Sol, in the Nevado de Toluca, Mexico, at 4577 m (15,016 ft) altitude in June 1964; former U.S. Army paratrooper; a.k.a. The Human Submarine. Baldasare’s wife, Jane, had made two unsuccessful attempts to dive across the English Channel before his own record dive.