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Scuba From page 8 a flood of new divers onto the beach scene, and to meet the new demand also came an assortment of new manufacturers who wanted to capture a share of the blossom- ing market. Cousteau's dive equipment man- ufacturing consortium in France, "La-Spirotechnique" set up shop on Broxton Ave. in Los Angeles after they bought out Cousteau's brother-in-law's business "Rene's Sporting Goods" and transformed it into U.S. Divers-Aqua Lung. Other U.S. manufacturers quickly joined in. Healthways, Dacor, Voit- Swimaster, Scott Aviation, Garrett- Northill were the first American makers of their own variations of the Aqua-lung system. Heathways was the California based company which trademarked the U.S. Naval acronym term iScuba, or Self Contained Underwater Breathing ApparatusL Healthways took the word in the early 50's and used it to describe, or name their own version dive regulator. Later on, ISCUBA~ would evolve to describe an entire diving industry. Perhaps more important than all the first generation open-cir- cuit scuba equipment were the people who were the first to use it. They, through their adventurous spirits and desire to explore also became the test pilots and design adjusters for each piece of new hardware. Along with what would become household names like Jacques Cousteau or Lloyd Bridges, there were others, some who would themselves become famous like Andy Rechnitzer, Conrad Lloyd Bridges who was one of America's first military scuba divers. All of these folks and many more have con- tributed in the promotion and advancement of the dive industry in one way or another. Many of the names listed above have passed on in just the last few years. This of course is understandable since it's been 72 LTmbaugh; Nlel FiSher, Hang Hass, years since the invention of the E.R. Cross, Dick Anderson, Billy Aqua-Lung. With each passing year fewer and fewer original gen- eration open-circuit scuba divers remain amongst us to share first hand accounts of those times and experiences. The combined con- tributions of these diving pioneers can be listed among some of the greatest achievements in technol- ogy, physiology and exploration in all of mankind's historical pur- suits. This weekend in Avalon during the 33rd annual harbor and Bobby Meistrell, George Bass, Scott Carpenter and women like Dottle Frazier and Zale Parry. But there were plenty of others, lesser known figures who also contributed greatly in the early days of the dive industry. Folks like Gary Keffler whose sons Dan and Terry have since taken over his iUnderwater Sportsl chain of dive shops in the Pacific N.W. or Sal Zamitti in San Francisco, or even Avalon's own Cap Perkins Is now available at the Pebbly Beach Building Supply! Exchange your old cylinder $25.99 Buy a spare $59.99 5 gal cylinders Regular Hours: 310-510-1221 cleanup, which typically attracts between 400-500 divers who par- ticipate, there will be a display of vintage dive equipment which makes up one of the largest pri- vate collections in the nation. Visitors are encouraged to visit the display scheduled for Saturday Feb, 22nd adjacent to the stage on Crescent Avenue. Take a few moments to venture down to see some of the equipment used for diving from the earliest days of open-circuit scuba. Much of it dated from the 40's and 50's, a time when creativity, innova- tion and passion drove an entire generation to follow a dream of discovery beneath the surface of the water. Celebrate the people, equipment and spirit of the era which helped lay the groundwork for today's diving industry. On behalf of a grateful township, Thank you harbor div- ers for once again using your skill sets to help keep Avalon Bay cleaner and maintain its allure for tourists to our island community. Clockwise from top left: Zale Parry with Cap Perkins (far right) more than 57 years ago when they made history. Above, on the left is Islander Jan Council with a friend. Lloyd Bridges leared to Scuba dive for his TV show with help from Catalina friends. Courtesy photos Avalon High School's Athletes of the Week Freshmen standout Viviana Chavoya scored 2 game winning goals to earn her team a playoff spot and claim 3rd place in the very strong San Joaquin League! Senior Superstar had 2 goals against a very competitive Southland's Christian squad and was very aggressive on defense and helped his team earn there 18th victory in a row! Senior Superstar Jose Chavoya had 2 goals against a very competitive Southland's Christian squad and was very aggressive on defense and helped his team earn there 18th victory in a row! Photos courtesy of Carlos Martinez Catalina's All Ashore, SHOW OUR COMMUNITY'S SUPPORT FOR THE ISLAND WE LOVE! It's almost time to celebrate and we would love some extra helping hands! The 19" Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball is the Conservancy's single largest annual fundraising event and it cannot be a success without you! From set-up, to event night, to tear-down, there are loads of exciting activities surrounding the Ball that you can play a part in! As one of our cherished community members, we wanted to be sure you could show your support a special way! Volunteers are needed from Thursday, April 3'd through Sunday, April 6". Various shift times are available each day -we welcome any time you have to share! For details calL" Lesly Lieberman [31 O] 51 2595 x 112 E-mail"//ieberman@calalinoconservancy. oca CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY iclayl F:eb ru a rY2 ;Ii 2 014. i9 THE CATAUNA JSLANDER