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Jean Gallagher

Jean Gallagher is one of the most influential diving educators of our time.  Striving to have as many people as possible enjoy scuba diving, in 1963 she began redesigning entry level scuba courses to include ocean classes.  Just a few years later she along with Ed Brawley of the San Francisco Skin Diving School and Bob Clark of NASDS mapped out the first complete pool, classroom and open water training program, essentials of which are still used today by  many agencies around the world.  The program was first adopted by NASDS, followed by SSI in 1970.  Continuing to reach her goal, in 1968-69 Jean wrote the instructor manual that became the basis for the Professional Diving Instructor College (PDIC) in California.  In 1976 Jean and Rich Gallagher started Marin Skin Diving in San Rafael, CA.  Today her contributions to diving education can still be seen throughout the world.

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