Mask and Flippers: The Story of Skin Diving

Mask and Flippers: The Story of Skin Diving

by Lloyd Bridges, Bill Barada

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Overview

Through his work in motion pictures, Lloyd Bridges appreciated the impact of skin diving upon this medium and presented an exciting picture of future possibilities in underwater photography. The author’s role in Sea Hunt made him keenly aware of the revolution developing in the fields of salvage diving, treasure hunting, search and rescue, science, gold mining, and other virgin areas open to skin divers with imagination and enterprise. He described methods, techniques, and tools already in use and gave an exciting glimpse of future possibilities.

First published in 1960, here is the complete story of skin diving as an exciting new field for fun, adventure, and opportunity open to millions of average swimmers. Those who are willing to accept the challenge of exploring and conquering a new world can benefit from past mistakes and the accumulation of experience by early skin divers; and perhaps become tomorrow’s pioneers who have yet to conquer the problems of great depths and reap the harvest on the bottom of the sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789127072
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 12/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 166
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

LLOYD VERNET BRIDGES JR. (1913-1998) was an American film, stage and television actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges. He was born on January 15, 1913 in San Leandro, California, to Lloyd Vernet Bridges Sr. (1887-1962), who was involved in the California hotel business and once owned a movie theater, and his wife Harriet Evelyn (Brown) Bridges (1893-1950). His parents were both natives of Kansas, and of English ancestry. Bridges graduated from Petaluma High School in 1930. He then studied political science at UCLA, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He started his career as a contract performer for Columbia Pictures, appearing in films such as A Walk In The Sun, High Noon, Little Big Horn, and Sahara. On television, he is best remembered for starring in Sea Hunt from 1958-1961. Among other honors, Bridges was a two-time Emmy Award nominee. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. He died on March 10, 1998, aged 85.

BILL BARADA (1913-1998) was an American underwater photographer, designer, author and scriptwriter. A fireman by day, he was one of the founders of the popular skindiving club, Sea Lancers of Santa Monica. He also founded the Los Angeles Neptunes in 1940. He designed a number of diving equipment pieces, including the first recreational drysuit (Bel-Aqua Watersports Inc.) in 1947, the first rubber snorkel, and the first CO2 speargun. Barada was also the founder of the California Council of Diving Clubs in 1950. He was the recipient of the 1967 NOGI Award in Arts, presented annually by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences to diving luminaries and widely considered “the Oscar of the ocean world.” Barada died in 1998.

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