EMPLETON, Bernard “Bernie”
Last updated: January 3, 2020 at 5:30 am
Pioneer in the field of recreational scuba diving instruction; developed and conducted the first course for national certification of scuba instructors in the U.S.A.; established the first national program for scuba divers for the National Council of YMCAs; Executive Director of the Council for National Cooperation in Aquatics; author of The Science of Skin and Scuba Diving in 1957, which became The New Science of Skin and Scuba Diving in 1959; former editor of the Journal of Physical Education; YMCA director for 33 years; Executive Director of the Washington YMCA from 1961 to 1963; served with a Marine air wing in the Pacific during WWII; recognised by the YMCA as the “Father of Recreational Diving Instruction.”
NOGI Award (Sports & Education, 1973)
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