For over 50 years diving pioneer Al Tillman worked to make skin and scuba diving a safe and enjoyable form of recreation for millions of people worldwide. In this informal panorama of recreational diving and its practices, Tillman recounts many of the most spectacular and monumental events in his journey through the underwater world. With a strong sense of the historical forces that made diving what it is today, he tells about his experiences from the personal associations with other pioneers to the large and small events that shaped diving.
Albert Tillman's first groundbreaking contribution to the field of diving came in 1954 when he and fellow Los Angeles County employee Bev Morgan successfully instituted the world's first organized underwater certification program. Tillman used this model to work with Neal Hess and John C. Jones to found the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) in 1960.
Among the other numerous contributions Tillman has made to the field of skin and scuba diving involve his building of the first complete dive resort, the cofounding with Zale Parry of the International Underwater Film Festivals, serving as an editor for Skin Diver and Dive Magazines, technical consultant for the Sea Hunt television series, author of numerous cornerstone scuba texts, and costar of the first civilian dive training film.
I Thought I Saw Atlantis will give both divers and non-divers a look into the vast underwater wilderness of the earth the way it was seen by early skin and scuba divers. It introduces you to men and women who dared to venture beneath the sea without any connection to the surface above. This is a story of adventure and history that will excite even the most timid individual to seek out their own Atlantis.
The book includes personal accounts of topics such as: * Diving before the Aqua-Lung * The early dive clubs * The founding of the Los Angles County Underwater Program * Early equipment and texts * The International Underwater Film Festival * The founding of NAUI and the Underwater Society of America * The YMCA program * The Hannes Keller dive * Skin Diver Magazine
* NASDS, Dive Magazine, and John Gaffney * Why PADI came to be * Famous divers * UNEXSO and the ultimate dive resort * AND MUCH MORE...
368 pages with photos. $14.95 plus $5.00 shipping. Signed hardbound copies are also available for $35.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
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