Last updated: June 1, 2018 at 15:58 pm
Longtime captain of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s flagship Calypso; expedition leader; made his first open-circuit dives at Sormiou with the Commeinhes apparatus in 1942; world’s first multi-day aquanaut with Claude Wesly (Diogènes | Conshelf I, 1962); first diver to pilot Cousteau’s mini-sub SP-350, the Soucoupe (a.k.a. Denise); spent over 20,000 hours underwater between 1952 and 1990, and then hundreds more while sport diving until just days before his death, including many dives in Martinique with his friend Michel Météry; a.k.a. Bébert and Le dieu de l’eau (the God of Water).
NOGI Award (Distinguished Service, 1999)
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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.