Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Diving Industry Legend John Stewart Passes Away


The diving industry is mourning the loss of John Stewart, after a career spanning more than 50 years in the dive industry.

In a glittering career that started in the 1960s, Stewart was responsible for many innovations in the diving industry. Perhaps the most well-known by most professional divers came in 1984, when as the Director of Training for PADI he developed the IDC/IE format for instructor training and examination.

During his career, Stewart worked at both PADI and SSI, and was even responsible for recruiting the current PADI CEO Drew Richardson into the PADI family.

Stewart was also a member of the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary Advisory Board, and was appointed by then-Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the State of Florida Boating Advisory Council.

Stewart, who was 71 when he died, retired in 2011 and is survived by his wife Gloria, daughter Kim and grandchildren.

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Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!


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