DUMAS, Frédéric

France (1913-1991)

Last updated: December 21, 2019 at 2:55 am

Pioneer of diving and underwater exploration; cinematographer; scientist; one of the Mousquemers along with Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Tailliez; Chief Diver of the Calypso; co-publisher of Cousteau’s The Silent World (1953); dove to 64 m (210 ft) using the newly-invented Aqua-Lung in 1943; produced his first underwater film, Par dix-huit mètres de fond (Sixty Feet Down), with Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1943; created the Groupe de recherches sous-marines (Underwater Research Group) with Jacques-Yves Cousteau under the auspices of the French Navy in 1945; conducted the first archaeological excavation on scuba with Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Philippe Tailliez, and Jean Alinat, in 1948; conducted the first cageless dive with a white shark with Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1948; dove to 94 m (308 ft) using the Aqua-Lung in 1948; explored the Andrea Doria with James Dugan and Louis Malle six weeks after its sinking in 1956; The Musée International de la plongée autonome Frédéric Dumas (Frédéric Dumas International Scuba Diving Museum), located in Sanary-sur-Mer, France, is named in his honour; a.k.a. Didi.

International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (2003)
NOGI Award (Distinguished Service, 2000)

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