Frances Gaar , 2001
Frances was supervisor and soloist of the famed Sea Hunt" show at the NY World’s Fair. The only performer to combine scuba with water ballet she also gave exhibitions on cruise ships enabling her to pioneer and popularize underwater tours in the Caribbean. Founder of the Aqua Lung School of NY where she trained thousands of instructors and students Fran became PADI’s first woman master instructor. As PADI’s first Mid-Atlantic regional director she conducted its first Instructors’ Institute along with PADI’s president (and co-founder) Ralph Ericsson."