International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) is an annual event that recognizes those who have contributed to the success and growth of recreational scuba diving in dive travel, entertainment, art, equipment design and development, education, exploration and adventure. It was founded in 2000 by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism. Currently, it exists virtually with plans for a physical facility to be built at a future time.[1][2]

International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
Location(s)Cayman Islands

Hall of Fame inductees

This is a list of the inductees who are honored in the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.[3]

Early pioneers

  • John Ernest Williamson  Pioneer underwater photographer
  • George Williamson
  • Louis Boutan  French biologist, photographer and zoologist
  • Henry Fleuss  British inventor of diving equipment
  • Yves Le Prieur  French naval officer and inventor of a free-flow scuba system
  • Benoît Rouquayrol  French inventor of an early diving demand regulator
  • Auguste Denayrouze  French inventor of a demand air supply regulator for underwater diving
  • Hugh Bradner  American physicist and inventor of the neoprene wetsuit
  • Louis de Corlieu
  • John Scott Haldane  Scottish physiologist and decompression researcher
  • Maurice Fenzy  French manufacturer of industrial and diving breathing equipment
  • Ted Eldred  Australian inventor of the single hose diving regulator
  • Max "Gene" Nohl


  • Lloyd Bridges  American film, stage and television actor
  • Jacques Cousteau  French inventor of open circuit scuba, pioneer diver, author, film-maker and marine researcher
  • Ben Cropp  Australian documentary filmmaker, conservationist and spearfisherman
  • E. R. Cross
  • Gustav Dalla Valle
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Sylvia Earle  American marine biologist, explorer, and author
  • Bernard Eaton
  • Emile Gagnon
  • Al Giddings
  • Hans Hass  Austrian biologist, film-maker, and underwater diving pioneer
  • Lotte Hass  Austrian underwater diver, model and actress
  • Jack Lavanchy
  • Jack Mckenny
  • Bob Soto
  • Ron and Valerie Taylor
  • Albert Tillman  American educator and underwater diver.
  • Stan Waterman[4]


  • John Cronin
  • David Doubilet  Underwater photographer and author
  • Bob Hollis
  • Zale Parry  American pioneer scuba diver, underwater photographer and actress
  • Ivan Tors  Hungarian playwright, film director, screenwriter, and film and television producer
  • Paul Tzimoulis [5]


  • Chuck Blakeslee
  • Jim Auxier
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau  French oceanographic explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer
  • Frédéric Dumas  French pioneer of scuba diving
  • Jordan Klein
  • Frank Scalli


  • Dick Anderson
  • Mike Ball
  • Jerry Greenberg
  • Kendall McDonald
  • Spencer Slate
  • Akira Tateishi


  • Dewey Bergman
  • Ernest Brooks
  • Andreas Rechnitzer
  • Don Stewart


  • Cornell Burke (Honouree)
  • Neville Coleman  Australian naturalist, underwater photographer, writer, publisher and educator[6]
  • Neville Darvin Ebanks (Honouree)
  • Ralph Erickson[7]
  • Rodney Fox  Australian diver, film maker and conservationist
  • Paul Humann
  • Carl Roessler


  • Cathy Church  American marine biologist, diver, photographer and educator
  • James Dailey (Honouree)
  • Bob Halstead  Underwater photographer, author, journalist and commentator on the recreational diving industry.
  • Kem Jackson (Honouree)
  • Daniel Mercier
  • Drew Richardson
  • Ron Steven


  • Kimiuo Aisek[8]
  • Geri Murphy
  • Howard Rosenstein
  • Larry Smith


  • Eugenie Clark  American ichthyologist, shark researcher and scientific scuba diver
  • Nick Icorn
  • Francis Toribiong
  • Wyland  American muralist


  • Howard and Michele Hall
  • Andre Labn
  • Clement Lee[9]
  • Bev Morgan
  • Allan Power[10]



  • Sam Davison
  • Guy Harvey  Jamaican marine wildlife artist and conservationist
  • Bert Kilbride
  • Rolf Schmidt
  • Petra Roeglin


  • Nancy Easterbrook (Honouree)[14]
  • Bill High
  • Peter Hughes[15]
  • Gladys B. Howard (Honouree)
  • Dr Albert Jones
  • Wally Muller
  • Dr. James Poulson (Honouree)
  • Dimitri Rebikoff


  • Bob Barth
  • Ramón Bravo  Mexican diver photographer and underwater filmmaker[16]
  • Philippe Cousteau, Senior  French diver and cinematographer
  • Stuart Cove[17]
  • Kyuhachi Kataoka (Early pioneer)
  • Dr. Joe MacInnis  Canadian physician, author, poet and aquanaut
  • Kanezo Ohgushi (Early pioneer)
  • Riichi Watanabe (Early pioneer)



  • Dr HS Batuna
  • Stephen Frink  Underwater photographer and publisher[18]
  • Wulf H. Koehler
  • Boris Porotov
  • Dick Rutkowski  American pioneer in hyperbaric and diving medicine and use of mixed breathing gases for diving
  • Captain Philippe Tailliez (Honoured posthumously 2018 Early Pioneer Award)


  • Jonathan Bird  American photographer, cinematographer, director and television host.
  • Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed
  • Lee Selisky
  • Dr Adel Mohamed Taher[19]


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