Diving into the Past


Joggers start emerging from hibernation just as the weather begins to turn warmer. But when a frost still clings to the air, getting outside to exercise can be difficult. Try scuba diving, suggests an April 1973 JT article. Author Stan Lewis Stevenson rhapsodizes about the wonders of “35 minutes in that silent, heavy liquid space” of being underwater in full diving garb.

“There I was, breathing under water. I could do it. Anybody can,” Stevenson wrote. He went scuba diving in the Milford Mill swim club pool after being outfitted for the experience by two men at Aquanautics Inc., which provided scuba diving gear to Marylanders.

Though Stevenson’s experience with water had previously been limited to “bathtubs, showers [and] apartment pools,” with Aquanautics Inc., he explored an entirely new experience in water. He’s no Jacques Cousteau, Stevenson humbly told readers, the French naval officer, explorer, conservationist and more who co-invented the Aqua-Lung and was a driving force for early marine conservation, but he’s “curious” about this “serious business.”

“You might think scuba-diving is for someone else, I thought so at first,” Stevenson wrote, emphasizing what he sees as the something-for-everyone nature of scuba diving.

Looking to retrace Stevenson’s footsteps? Unfortunately the Milford Mill swim club is now closed, set ablaze in a case of arson by two boys in 2015. As for Aquanautics, it’s still in business and offering private and small group lessons. Gear up, it’s time to go scuba diving!


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