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Recorded Presentation

Tribute to Chuck Nicklin

La Jolla Riford Library  |  April 24, 2023  |  Presented by SDUFEX

Thank you for joining us to celebrate his legacy.

In memory of Chuck Nicklin

On December 7, 2022, the world lost an underwater legend, a dive industry icon, and the founder of the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition.

Chuck was a pioneer diver, photographer, and a cinematographer dating back to the early 1950s. Among the films he shot were James Bond movies, The Abyss, and The Deep. He founded The Diving Locker, San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition, was a co-founder of San Diego Underwater Photographic Society. Chuck received the trifecta of the most prestigious awards in the dive industry, NOGI, DEMA Reaching Out Award, and the induction into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.

Chuck's book, Camera Man, chronicles his adventurous life, as he revisits the dawning days of scuba diving. He shares stories of how his career as an underwater camera man unfolded, from the day he became known as “the man who rode a whale,” to his adventures traveling around the world diving and filming majestic humpback whales and fierce great white sharks. 

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