Switzerland (1928-2016)

Last updated: July 3, 2017 at 0:52 am

Founder of PADI Europe; pioneer in the development of recreational diving in Europe; former president of Glaukos, the oldest diving club in Switzerland; did his first scuba dive in the Mediterranean Sea with Club Alpin-Sous-Marin de Cannes in 1950; supported the development of the CMAS Scientific Commission; founder and co-owner of JWL (Jack William Lavanchy), which later became JWL Aqualung AG; was granted the European and Maldives franchise from PADI with partner Jürg Beeli in 1983; launched PADI Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education) Foundation in Europe in 1996.

My goal has always been to make the manufacturing and selling of diving equipment a serious professional and honourable business. I did everything I could to bring the Diving Industry closer together, instead of spending money, time and energy in quarrelling and lawsuits! — Jack Lavanchy

Honours and Awards:

HDS Diving Pioneer Award (2016)
International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (2000)


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