Hello everyone. I have had the pleasure of meeting and diving with many of the NAVED and Vintage Double Hose community over the years. The community has grown significantly since its beginnings and I look forward to meeting the newer members. For those who don't know I have focused a significant portion of my time on my Flashback Scuba Project http://www.flashbackscuba.com
What started out as a project to reintroduce a sense of adventure into diving through a combination of vintage equipment and simplified diving techniques has grown in to a historical project and museum. Since 2002 I have been collecting, restoring and diving vintage equipment. I have dove with a wide range of equipment from double hose regs to Mark V heavy gear.
The Flashback Scuba Museum is located in Tacoma, WA. We house a wide range of vintage diving equipment, books, photos, films and other documents relating to diving history. The project is perhaps best known for housing a large selection of original Cousteau equipment, photos and documents.
I have spent over 10 years working with numerous Cousteau team members as well as many of the Cousteau family.
Over the past year I have participated in a variety of events and projects commemorating Cousteau’s 100th birthday. I had the opportunity to attend the Festival Mondial De L’Image Sous Marine in Marseille, France. In Nov 2010. This was a fantastic event that attracted many former Cousteau team members. I also was treated to a private tour of the Frederic Dumas Museum in Sanary, France.
I also had the opportunity to visit with Henri Delauze, the founder of COMEX at his home in Marseille and tour his research ship MINIBEX.
Henri is a true diving pioneer and explorer and worked with Cousteau in the early years.
While in Marseille I met artist and Cousteau team member Dominique Serafini. http://www.dreamwrecks.com
. Dominique produced a series of illustrated books for Cousteau based on the teams adventures.. I worked with Dominique to bring his Spirit of Calypso Project to the US.
http://www.dreamwrecks.com/DreamWrecks/ ... lypso.html
We worked to translate his exhibit for US audiences and it débuted at the Beneath the Sea Show this year. The exhibit then traveled with Celine Cousteau to an event in Washington DC and is now a part of the Flashback Scuba Museum.
Beneath the Sea was gracious enough to invite me to attend the show as guest as part of their celebration of Cousteau. The event was the first time parts of the Cousteau family were together since JYC’s funeral. Guests included: Jean-Michel Cousteau and his children Fabien and Celine as well as Francine Cousteau and her son Pierre-Yves.
If you want to read more: Flashback Scuba was featured in the Journal of Diving History #64 Vol 18 Issue 3 Summer 2010 and Received the Nick Icorn Diving Heritage Award presented by the Historical Diving Society.
As far as the projects I have just returned from the Cousteau Society warehouse in Virginia in support of an on going project to document the lost Cousteau projects. This is an interesting project that has uncovered many interesting uncompleted projects such as Conshelf IV and the Argyronete submersible. This is the most exciting project I have had the opportunity to work on so far.
I will try to post a few more photos. I would be happy to answer your question. Thanks again to all the countless individuals who have supported my projects.