History of SECONN


History of SECONN Skin Divers


Founded by Fred Gale and friends in 1963, SECONN Skin Divers is one of the oldest continually running scuba clubs in the United States. To put it in perspective, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) wasn’t founded until 1966.

The term SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) was coined in 1952 and referred to a rebreather designed by Christian James Lambertsen. It eventually became synonymous with Jacques Cousteau’s Aqua-Lung. We are SECONN Skin Divers because the term SCUBA wasn’t yet popular in 1963. Skin Diving was the term used before wetsuits/drysuits were commonly available to non-military personnel.


Past Presidents

• 1963: Fred Gale
• 1964-66: Unknown
• 1967: Jim Schwartz
• 1968: Gordon Turissi
• 1969: Danny Bolles, Jr.
• 1970: Charlie Denis
• 1971: Fred Little or AA Little
• 1972-73: Bill Palmer
• 1974: Jack Fiora
• 1975: Rob Hickock or Jack Fiora
• 1976: Herb Gerhardt or Rob Hickock
• 1977: Mark Flores or Brian Bossie
• 1978: Joe Berardy or Doreen Fuller

• 1979: Brian Bossie or Joe Berardy
• 1980: Brian Bossie
• 1981: Bruce Adams
• 1982: Bruce Greenhalgh
• 1983: Deb Greenhalgh
• 1984: Bill Little
• 1985-88: Brian Bossie
• 1989: Patrick Casey
• 1990-93: Unknown
• 1994: Keith Francis
• 1995: Jeff Dickison
• 1996: John Moran
• 1997: Cyndi Johnson
• 1998: Greg Carabine
• 1999: Lee DesRoches
• 2000-01: Mike O’Neill
• 2002-03: Tom Bombria
• 2004: Tony Bendoraitis
• 2005-06: Tom Owen
• 2007: Fred Ward
• 2008: Chuck Henault
• 2009-12: Ken Main
• 2013: Rich Sanders
• 2014-Present: Ryan Patrylak

If you have any information on the History of SECONN or its Past Presidents, please email us at webmaster@seconndivers.org