De SILVA, Rex Ian
Sri Lanka (1940- )
Last updated: January 8, 2018 at 16:24 pm
Pioneer of diving in Sri Lanka; commercial diver from 1968 to 1985, starting as Chief Diver for Mobile Marine Engineering Company in Colombo; marine biologist; began studying sharks in 1968; has published more than 115 scientific papers, book chapters and articles; author of The Sharks of Sri Lanka (2015); underwater photographer; Spearfishing Captain of the Reefcombers of Ceylon, one of the world’s earliest diving clubs whose patron was Sir Arthur C. Clarke; Spearfishing Captain of the Kinross Swimming & Life Saving Club; held the (unofficial) Sri Lanka depth record for diving with compressed air at 240 feet (73 m) in 1974; began spearfishing and diving in October 1956; has since completed over 12,000 dives.
“Diving is simply a fascination. What my eyes saw on the first dive is nothing that I can put to words, no picture can ever compare to it either.”
“Diving during the 1950s came without restrictions. I used to be one of those crack-pots who dived in the monsoon!” — Rex De Silva | The Sunday Times Sri Lanka (Aug. 30, 2015)