Happy Birthday JYC!

jacques-cousteau, explorer, marine biologist, marine conservationist, marine conservation, save the ocean, ocean activistToday is the 108th birthday of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Born June 11, 1910, Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie Française. Cousteau died at the age of 87 on June 25, 1997.


“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

Cousteau famously said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Many people in the dive industry believe this to be true, and will go further, to say that it was Cousteau who cast that spell, inspiring them to learn to dive, to explore the underwater world, to connect with nature, go into the dive business and become involved in environmental causes.


“To Live On The Land We Must Learn From The Sea”

As a special treat on this special birthday here is John Denver’s story of how he came to write his iconic ballad Calypso.


Jean-Michel carries on the Traditions

Cousteau’s presence was felt during the Blue Ocean Summit. His son and Ambassador for the Ocean, Jean-Michel Cousteau was interviewed on the anniversary of his father’s birthday on June 11, 2015. Jean-Michel kicked off the day’s proceedings with insights into life as a Cousteau and the influence this man had on all our lives. The interview was held during the fourth day of a 9-day free online event that invites all dive industry stakeholders to share ways forward for a sustainable industry and future for our planet.

Summit Host Laurie Wilson says, “Jacques Cousteau reminds us of the incredible uniting force that one person can generate. With our planet facing great challenges, requiring the passion, advocacy and collaboration of many, now more than ever is the time for each of us to turn on our ‘inner Cousteau’.

In honor of Jacques Cousteau’s birthday, it’s time we all recognize our own inner power to be an Ocean Advocate, and make an impact every day based on your passion for the ocean.  Let’s act as if these things matter, because they really do, from the food we eat, to our dive travel choices, to teaching good buoyancy control,  turning off computers and lights,  to supporting non-profit organizations, volunteering our time, inspiring others to connect with our blue planet and help them to fall in love with the ocean the way we did.

Blue Ocean Summit 2015 features 35 speakers from 13 countries over 9 days of interviews. High-profile to below-the-radar, each of this year’s Summit speakers exemplify Cousteau’s philosophy of the power of one person to influence many through one’s love of the ocean, one’s conscious daily actions, the ability to engage with others and make pro-active choices.


See More Blue Ocean Posts on the Cousteau Legacy:

In honor of Cousteau,  here is a series of Blue Ocean articles that spotlight the Cousteau legacy and our Blue Ocean community imperative to be ocean advocates. Read more here:

The Incredible Story Beneath Jacques Cousteau’s Famous Hat
An incredible Follow-Up to Jacques Cousteau’s Famous Red Hat
Summit: 2015: Sustainability in the Scuba Industry, new business models
We Protect What We Understand – Jean-Michel Cousteau
Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode I – Meeting The Captain
Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 2 – First Seeing CALYPSO
Inside the World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 3 – “The Fish That Swallowed Jonah”
Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 4 – “Aye Calypso”
Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 5 – “Shipwrecks”
Cousteau Tells Business, Leaders “No More Time for Bla.Bla.Bla.”