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Eduard Admetlla i Lázaro (10 January 1924 – 8 October 2019)[1] was a Spanish scuba diving pioneer, underwater cameraman and photographer, designer of underwater camera housings, designer of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba), tester of scuba diving gear for the Nemrod trade mark, writer, director of TV series, explorer and broadcaster.[2][3]

Eduard Admetlla
Eduard Admetlla in 2011
Eduard Admetlla in 2011
BornEduard Admetlla i Lázaro
10 January 1924 (1924-01-10)
Barcelona, Spain
Died8 October 2019 (aged 95)
Barcelona

BiographyEdit

Admetlla was born in Barcelona (Spain) on 10 January 1924. In 1948 at the age of 24, he started scuba diving. Initially he was an underwater fisherman and became a member of the Asociación de Pesca Submarina de Barcelona (APS) in Barcelona. He soon abandoned this activity as he came to the conclusion that being armed was not the way to go underwater.[4][2] In 1954 he became a founding member of the Centro de Recuperación y de Investigaciones Submarinas (CRIS).[3] Following that he became an underwater photographer and cameraman. He also invented underwater camera housings[citation needed] and was a test diver of scuba diving gear for the Spanish trade mark Nemrod. In 1953 he designed and tested successfully a prototype of a scuba diving breathing device.[5]

On 30 September 1957, at the Spanish naval base at Cartagena he beat the scuba diving world record by diving to 100 metres (330 ft).[6]

He penned five books describing his underwater experiences: La llamada de las profundidades,[7] Mis amigos los peces,[8] ¡Fondo!,[9] Tierras y profundidades[10] and Mi aventura submarina.[11]

As a follower of Hans Hass and Jacques Yves Cousteau's work, Admetlla i Lázar was a Spanish pioneer of underwater photography and filming.[2] The first documentary TV series that he directed was Rumbo sur, filmed in black and white. After this experience he became professional and founded the film production company Volitans Films, S.L., which filmed the TV series: La llamada de las profundidades recorded in the Seychelles Islands; Nuestras islas, filmed in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands (Spain) and Tierras y profundidades in the Caribbean. All of these were broadcast by the Spanish television network RTVE. He also recorded the documentary television series La natura en profunditat for the Catalan Television network TV3.

Eduard Admetlla i Lázaro died on October 8, 2019 at the age of 95.

BooksEdit

Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. La llamada de las profundidades. Editorial Juventud, 1957. Editions 1961, 1999, 2009 and 2010. ISBN 84-605-8808-4

Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. Mis amigos los peces. Bruguera, 1983. Revised by the author 2010. ISBN 84-02-09549-6.

Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. ¡Fondo! Plaza & Janes, 1976. ISBN 84-01-33095-5, and ISBN 84-01-48032-9 (paperback)

Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. Tierras y profundidades. Bruguera, 1983. ISBN 84-02-07764-1.

Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. Mi aventura submarina. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1984. ISBN 978-8425315404.

Television SeriesEdit

Year Series title Colour Nº of chapters Filming location Television network
1964 Rumbo Sur Black and white 6 Miramar Studio RTVE
1975 La llamada de las profundidades Colour 6 Seychelles Islands RTVE
1977 Nuestras islas Colour 13 Balearic and Canary Islands (Spain) RTVE
1980-81 Tierras y profundidades Colour 13 Jungle of Venezuela, Orinoco delta and Caribbean sea RTVE
1983 La natura en profunditat Colour 13 Venezuela, Caribbean, Costa Brava (Spain) and Galapagos Islands TV3

Honours and awardsEdit

Year Honour/ Award
1958 First Member with Merit of the Centre de Recuperació i de Investigacions Submarines (CRIS)
1958 Silver medal for Sporting Merit of the Delegación Nacional de Educación Física y Deportes (Nacional Sports Delegation)-SPAIN
1958 Medal for Sporting Merit of the Excma. Diputación Provincial de Barcelona (Barcelona Province Council) - SPAIN
1958 Honorary Member of the Societat Cultural Arca de Noé (Noah's Ark Cultural Society) of Barcelona (SPAIN)
1959 Medal and Diploma for Sporting Merit of the Federación Española de Actividades Subacuáticas (Spanish Scuba Diving Federation)
2007 Honorary Member of the Historical Diving Society Spain (HDSES)
2011 Honorary plaque of the Centro de Buceo de la Armada Española (Diving Centre of the Spanish Navy)
2015 First award for Buzo de Honor (honorary scuba diver) of the Historical Diving Society Spain (HDSES)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mor el pionier del submarinism català Eduard Admetlla (in Catalan)
  2. ^ a b c "Eduardo Admetlla: el gran pionero español del buceo con escafandra autónoma". ZCO-Zaragoza Club Odisea, 1999 (in Spanish). 18 December 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Eduard Admetlla i Lázaro". Enciclopèdia Catalana. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ El mundo submarino de eduard Admetlla: Sobre Admetlla
  5. ^ Patente de invención nº 208713, Madrid 13 abril 1953
  6. ^ Vidal Sola, Clemente (3 October 1957). "Espana conquista la marca mundial de profundidad con escafandra autonoma". La Vanguardia Espanola. p. 20. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  7. ^ Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. La llamada de las profundidades. Editorial Juventud, 1957.
  8. ^ Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. Mis amigos los peces. Bruguera, 1983. ISBN 84-02-09549-6.
  9. ^ Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. ¡Fondo!. Plaza & Janes, 1976. ISBN 84-01-33095-5.
  10. ^ Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. Tierras y profundidades. Bruguera, 1983. ISBN 84-02-07764-1.
  11. ^ Admetlla Lázaro, Eduard. Mi aventura submarina. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1984. ISBN 978-8425315404.

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