|Re: Re: Re: Barry Friedman of Sea d Sea Dive Shop|
Posted by SDM on March 11, 2014 at 03:26:16:|
In Reply to: Re: Re: Barry Friedman of Sea d Sea Dive Shop posted by Labugman on March 09, 2014 at 14:37:00:
LA Bug man FYI.....
It is indeed end of an era..
Sea D Sea== a little history lesson
Sea D Sea should be, but won't be, listed as a "Historical Diving location" a dive shop in one location for 60 years
Mel Fisher,(LA Co UW Instructor) opened the Catalina Street shop in December, 1953 as Mel's Aqua Shop. Mel & Delo ran it until he got gold fever.
The shop was purchased by Ed Marquand & Richard Pasker (LA Co UW Instructors) in the mid 1960s they ran it for several years. Ed's wife passed away, he moved out of the area and sold is interest to his partner Richard who ran it for a short time
Richard Pasker sold it to Barry (LA Co UW Instructor) in 1969- 44 years ago. Barry had moved from New York, discovered diving and proceeded to complete the certainly prestigious and very demanding LA County Underwater Instructors program in the late 1960s. The shop has the distinction as one of the few shops always owned and operated by LA Co Certified UW instructors.
Around that time john Gaffney organized the local shops and dive instructors concurrently began publishing his magazines. Barry evidently also joined NASDS..
It is important to preserve history --but do it correctly!
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