Jacques Cousteau and the Invention of Scuba Diving


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Cousteau went from being nearly paralyzed and rarely swimming to becoming a pioneering explorer of the underwater world. In the middle of WWII, in occupied France, Cousteau and his friends experimented with new techniques and went on countless adventures underwater. Despite the risks and violating pretty much every rule of scuba diving safety, they succeeded in inventing modern scuba diving. In this episode, we dive into Cousteau’s life between 1936 and 1943 and follow him on a series of incredible underwater adventures that led to the development of the Aqua Lung. Let’s go!


Visit us at Adventure Nerds for references, a timeline of Cousteau’s early life, and to watch the film, 18 Meters Deep. We’ve also included a few interesting stories that didn’t fit into the episode, like one of Cousteau’s missions as a spy for the French Resistance. Remember to sign up for our newsletter while you are there and follow us for more exciting stories.

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