The legend of the Cousteau Divers lives on today
Man has always been fascinated by exploratory activities. One of such is the quest to discover the lost Atlantis.
So it was that the similarity between Plato’s description and the history of the Aegean Island of Santorini led to a flurry of activities to discover the lost city of Atlantis.
Amongst the expeditions over the years include geologist, archeologist, explorers, scientist and adventurers who have all launched several expeditions in an attempt to discover the lost Atlantis.
Notable among those on the quest to discover this lost city is Jacques-Yves Cousteau who made one of the most concerted efforts in discovering Atlantis off the Island of Santorini.
And in honour of his efforts, in 2011, an underwater memorial plaque was placed in honour of him in a special cave off the coast of Santorini to commemorate Cousteau’s 101st anniversary and his expeditions in Santorini looking for the lost Atlantis.
A little about Jacques-Yves Cousteau memorial plaque:
- Designed by the great artist and symbol of the Mediterranean art Alexander Reichardt, the plaque is a masterful piece of art worthy of all what Cousteau stood for.
- Today the plaque is under the care of Apostolos Stylianopoulos from Atlantis Dive Center.
- The plaque has attracted many a great number of divers over the years and many are still interested in seeing this all important piece of art that reflects a lot of history and man’s love for expedition.
- Jacques son, Pierre-Yves Cousteau founded “Cousteau Divers” and commissioned the memorial in honour of his father.
Cave diving In Santorini and the memorial of Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Cave diving has one of the biggest thrills when it comes to diving. Thousands of divers all over the world put their skills to test in various underwater caves around the world.
One of such cave is one located off the island of Santorini that houses a memorial plaque of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
This cave has the extra benefit of revisiting a rich history by divers that visit this site in honour of the man that has come to represent the search for the lost Atlantis.
It makes so much sense to navigate the undulating topography, turns and bends that are characteristics of a cave then reward your efforts by reaching the plaque. It makes for a good tale and an epic “I came, I saw, I conquered” feeling.
Though Costeau and his team are no more today, his legacy and love for the ocean lives on through a dedicated team of divers that have dived the depths and breath of the Santorini coast as the modern day Costeau divers.