CAHILL, James F., “Jim”
Last updated: March 15, 2017 at 15:34 pm
Pioneer diver credited with first dives in New England, and possibly the entire U.S. Eastern seaboard; co-founder of National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI); served in World War II and the Korean War; member of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team, codenamed the “Amphibious Rogers;” Navy SEAL; served as head of Boston Harbor security for the U.S. Navy; founded New England Divers; founded the Hui Kai scuba training camp in Salem (MA) with Buster Crabbe; took part in the filming of the motion picture “Frogmen;” consultant for Sea Hunt; NOGI (Science, 2003); lead subject of Diary of the Depths; Harbormaster for the City of Salem from 1981 to 1991. According to Eric Hanauer, author of Diving pioneers: an oral history of diving in America (1994), “Cousteau invented (scuba diving), but Cahill introduced it to the United States.”
Honours and Awards:
NOGI Award (Science, 2003)
DEMA Hall of Fame (2001)
Diver of the Year | Boston Sea Rovers (1958)
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.