Whos who in SCUBA Diving -- 1993 book

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Sam Miller III

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CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
# of dives
5000 - ∞
It's been 28 years (1993-2021) since the publication of the book Whos who in SCUBA Diving
which celebrated and recognized the "Golden Anniversary," !50 years (1943 -1993) of SCUBA Diving

The Book:
"Who’s who in SCUBA DIVING"

The golden anniversary of SCUBA Diving

Academy of Marine science and undersea research
Author - Harry Backstein
1993-Best Publications
436 pages
First edition- ISBN 0-941332-28-4

Nine Sections:
1) Individuals
2) Agencies, Associations Foundations and Institutions
3) Equipment manufactures
4) Publishers and Magazines
5) Destinations and resorts
6) Travel agents- specializing in dive travel
7) Retail dive stores in US
8) Commercial divers, commercial diving schools
9) Recipients of Major awards in diving

All the sections are extremely interesting. List most of the pioneer movers and shakers of the genesis – the first 50 years of SCUBA diving

In section 1 Individuals -- most have departed from the diving world or are now diving on the big reef in the sky. But--
Question? is there any one currently on the SCUBA Board who was listed in Whos who ?

In section
7) Retail dive stores in US
A review of the dive stores in SoCal that I was familiar only a few that remain and all with new owners.
Question? How about other areas of the US ? Any dive shops Pre 1993 who were listed still open?

The book was printed on very cheap paper the type commonly used in printing newspaper, therefore a short life span. I have two copies one autographed by the author which has been protected in my library shelf and another working copy which is self-destructing due to use and age

Sam Miller III

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JMJ Wetsuits

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Torrance, California
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Hi Sam,

Ocean Enterprises in San Diego comes to mind - they started in 1979 and have had a few locations over the years. I forget when they got the Balboa store but I think it was pre '93.


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SoCal via Pittsburgh, Pa.
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All SoCal, Black Barts, Lyle Hoskins, Aquatic Center (2), Laguna Seaports, Certified Divers, Dive' N Surf, San Diego Divers Supply, The Bottom Shop, The Diving Locker, International Diving, Alta Sport, Sunland Sports, Tex's Sporting Goods, just some of them.

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