COUSTEAU, Jacques-Yves

France (1910-1997)

Last updated: December 13, 2017 at 4:43 am

Diving pioneer, and explorer; prolific author and film producer; environmentalist; co-inventor of the Aqua-Lung; co-founder of the Groupe d’étude et de recherche sous-marines (GERS) in 1945; founder of the Cousteau Society/Équipe Cousteau; first to dive and/or document dozens of famous shipwrecks including the RHS Britannic and the Roraïma (Martinique); member of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame; U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame (March 2010); one of the Mousquemers along with Frédéric Dumas and Philippe Tailliez; inspired thousands to become divers; father of Jean-Michel Cousteau (1938), Philippe Cousteau (1940), Diane Cousteau (1980), and Pierre-Yves Cousteau (1982); a.k.a. Captain Cousteau, Captain Planet, JYC.

“People protect what they love.” — Jacques-Yves Cousteau

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” — Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Diving Almanac Feature Link:

Jacques-Yves Cousteau | Deep rumblings shape modern Martinique
Jacques-Yves Cousteau | 10 underwater legends every scuba diver should know!

Honours and Awards:

International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame

Website(s):

Cousteau Society

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Jeffrey Gallant

Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac & Book of Records. 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.

By | 2017-12-13T04:43:15+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Diving Legends, Who's Who|

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