HANSON, Norma

USA (1910-2003)

Last updated: May 8, 2017 at 3:19 am

Pioneer in commercial diving; abalone diver; dove several times a day to entertain tourists aboard glass-bottom boats off Catalina Island; first woman to join the Piledrivers Union Local 2375; Norma and her husband Albert, fed fish, sang songs, and answered questions while employed by the Catalina Island Company. During one performance, they were on one occasion interrupted by a white shark, which she promptly kicked in the head when it got too close; co-author of More than Nine Lives: An Autobiography of a Life Well Lived (2004). Norma Hanson also played underwater monsters for Hollywood movies. She and her husband also dove for environmental studies, salvage work, and harbor construction and inspections.

“Some of the people on the glass-bottom boat saw the whole thing and they thought we had a trained shark.” — Norma Hanson

Honours and Awards:

Women Divers Hall of Fame (2001)

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