, was the first man in the world to descend to 100 meters (330
feet), a feat he accomplished in 1976. He followed this with yet
another record-breaking drop to 105 meters (346 feet) into the
depths of the sea, this at the age of 56.
Jacques, born in 1927, died in Italy in December 2001, thus
bringing to an end a life-long passion for diving and a strong and
heartfelt dedication, becoming one with nature and the sea. He
lived his life spread between his birthplace in France to Italy,
Japan and South Caicos, situated in the center of the Turks &
Caicos Islands. Each country was his home. The citizens of each
country remember him fondly.
He collaborated in the writing and production of many documentary
films celebrating the joy of freediving in the ocean and his love
of and exchange with dolphins. His remarkable physical performance
was a work of extreme personal effort, this enhanced by his
knowledge and practice of Yoga.
Jacques Mayol’s life was the subject of Luc Besson’s film “The Big
Blue” (Le Grand Bleu), where actor Jean-Marc Barr’s character was
based upon Jacques lifelong endeavor, a desire to become one with
Nothing more and nothing less!