Legends of Diving Past Events


August 11-13, 2006
International Legends of Diving Festival

Dr. Sam Miller (right) pulls out the winning Belize ticket as Sam Lecocq (from left), Double Hose club president Jerrie Struble and Portage Quarry owner Jeff Rice anxiously await the results of the drawing.

Off to Paradise in Belize: Rob Studmicka is flanked by Sam Lecocq (left) and Dr. Sam Miller (right) following the drawing of his ticket for the trip to Belize, a $3,500 value courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board, Hamanasi Reef & Adventure Resort, Aqua Marina Suites, Aqua Dives Belize Ltd and Maya Island Air.

More Winners: Veronica Jackson (second from left) won the Sea & Sea Camera System with a value over $1,200 donated by Alec Peirce of Scuba 2000. Scuba 2000 is recognized as the finest scuba training facility in Canada and one of the best in North America. Peirce is renowned for his knowledge of Sea Hunt productions and donated autographed copies of Sea Hunt comics to the second- and third-place winners Marie Morris (left) and Anna Rice (right). Veronica Jackson drove from Lansing, Michigan with 36 other members of the Michigan African-American Scuba Klub (MASK) for the weekend festivities. Dr. Miller congratulates Veronica (below left) and the winner of the U.S. Navy Seal diver mouthpiece winner below. Click here to read Alec Peirce's impressions of the activities on the weekend.

Equipment manufacturer Mares donated this BC and regulator to this lucky winner on Sunday.

Discussions were lively Friday night at the meet and greet party with the two Sams (upper photo) and Alec Peirce (bottom photo).

 The staff kept busy Saturday checking credentials and registering guests for the record dive attempt.

Carrie Sowden (standing) and Robert Graham speak about the wrecks in the Great Lakes and confirm the work of their Maritime Archaeological Survey Team. The event was well attended by double hose members (above right photo). Robert speaks in the bottom photo.

 Jerry Anderson of WTOL-TV interviews Shelby on the first day.

Alec Peirce, Dr. Sam Miller, and Sam Lecocq pose with quarry owner Jeff Rice (third from left).

Dr. Sam Miller, Alec Peirce, and Sam Lecocq pose on the first day of the Legends weekend.

There were many bargains and vintage gear to take advantage of on Sunday at the Swap Meet.

Sue Freshouk and Tony Partridge of Dalton, Georgia, provided comic relief with their home-sewn Scooby Doo outfit.

 Pantasia (left) from Findlay, Ohio performs with their Caribbean steel drum sound on Saturday afternoon. Perched on his mobile platform, this guest videotapes the photographer.

You Had to be There: Samuel and Debborah Lecocq (center) met with guests in the meet-and-greet Friday evening. Also pictured are quarry regulars Tom and Linda Briggle.

The two Sams meet with Toledo Water Rescue team members.

One of the attractions for the weekend was the Landing Vehicle, Tracked (LVT) in the top photo presented by local resident Tom Price. This LVT was used in the filming of a fall release movie with Clint Eastwood called the Flags of Our Fathers, a story of Iwo Jima. This is one of six known LVTs in operation. On hand by Tom Price and his USMC motor pool included the utility truck shown here, Willy's jeeps and Mighty Midget jeeps. Click here for pictures of the LVT and its venture in the quarry.

Gy. Sgt. Don Preston (right) from Detroit Retired USMC. He was a Drill Instructor at Parris Island. He and his wife Lisa are avid divers and often camp at the Quarry. Selected dive photos with Record Dive Attempt underwater photos.

August 10-12, 2007
Second Annual Legends of Diving Festival

Special media thanks to Bryan Pennington and Vintage Double Hose, Dive Training magazine and Sport Diver for all their support. Also WTOL Channel 11 of Toledo and Jerry Anderson. Chris Miller of the Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune and Erica Blake with Mike Bartell of the Toledo Blade. And all the Media to make this year a success.

Our gratitude is extended to Mares, which have already promised sponsorship for next year. Karen and Dale Wood and Jerrie Strubel of Divers Paradise, Bryan Duboe of Sub Aquatics, Fernando Trejo of Maya Island Air and The Belize Tourism Dept. Scuba 2000 Toronto and Alec Peirce, Harris Taylor of the University of Michigan. Carrie Sowden and Robert Graham, Pantasia, the steel drum band. Tom Baer of the Best Western Motel Bowling Green. Paul Thayer of Thayer Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota. And Rich Lauer of the Ohio Council of Skin and SCUBA Divers. Also to the staff at Portage Quarry and my webmaster. And two great guys Sam Lecocq and Dr. Sam Miller for sharing their life stories and adventures of diving. And to all for spending the weekend with us. More photos added September 4, 2006.

Look for the Book - Autographed

Debborah Lecocq promotes the book Scuba; Evolution, Intrigue and Controversy, A first hand account of the development of Scuba, A firsthand account of the development of Scuba from day one, through the Aqua Lung era, to today.

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