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Old 06-16-2017, 09:58 PM   #1
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Diving Pioneer Jim Stewart passes on at 89

Diving has lost another of its true pioneers in Jim Stewart who has passed on at age 89. A San Diego "Bottom Scratcher" and a pioneering diving officer at the Scripps Institute you will see his name in all the history books about diving and spearfishing.


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Old 06-16-2017, 10:27 PM   #2
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Re: Diving Pioneer Jim Stewart passes on at 89

Thanks for sharing Pete.

This part on how he got his start is particularly good.

"Born Sept. 5, 1927, Stewart was a native of San Diego and began diving in 1941—before the use of scuba. At the age of 14, he first borrowed a friend's dive mask at La Jolla Cove. He put his head under water, started freediving, and quickly became a very accomplished freediving spear fisherman in high school."

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