CAHILL, James F., “Jim”

USA (1926-2008)

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 1991According 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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