Jacques Mayol , 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 the ocean.
Nothing more and nothing less!

Le Monde (France) 2002