LECOCQ, Samuel G.
Last updated: July 25, 2017 at 14:59 pm
Inventor of the single hose regulator; member of the French Resistance (Maquis) during WWII; dove on Allied wrecks on the Normandy coast using a makeshift breathing apparatus of his design; employed by Rene Bussoz as the first engineer for U.S. Divers in 1951; employed by Richard (Dick) Klein to develop diving equipment for Healthways in 1956; founder of Sportsways in 1958 where he developed, manufactured and distributed scuba equipment, including the first single-hose regulator, the Waterlung; was unsuccessfully sued by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and U.S. Divers to cease and desist using the product name Waterlung, which they deemed to similar to the Aqua-Lung.
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