Gardner Young, the dive pioneer who started the first dive training resort on the Bahamas, has passed away.

Young began his journey with the underwater world in the 1950s and taught many Bahamians to dive and become passionate about the sea surrounding their homeland.

One of his most celebrated local students is none other Stuart Cove, who would go on to become a diving legend in his own right. Over the course of a long and prestigious career, Young shared his passion with celebrities and movie stars alike, including Sean Connery, Gary Cooper, Phillipe Cousteau, Kenny Rogers, the Beatles, and the Kennedys.

Although already a legend, he was inducted into the International Scuba Hall of Fame for his outstanding services to the Industry.

You can find out more about Young’s accomplishments here.

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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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