The diving world has been rocked by the passing of one of the industry’s longest-standing and most-influential figures – Aggressor Adventures’ President Wayne Hasson.
Wayne, who was a 200-ton USCG Captain, SSI, NAUI and PADI instructor, SSI, SDI, TDI and React Right Instructor Trainer, and Platinum Pro 5000 Diver, sadly passed away today (Friday 17 January) after a prolonged battle with renal cell cancer.
Wayne will forever be associated with the global Aggressor brand, after spending 35 years connected with the company, but before he became a part of the diving fraternity, he was a United States Marine. He actually discovered the joys of the underwater world during off-duty passes, scuba diving in Vietnan, Japan and North Carolina.
He was then the first captain of the Cayman Aggressor, way back in 1984, and his greatest passion was sharing the ocean world with tomorrow’s explorers – children.
He served on the Board of Director for the Sea of Change Foundation and the Oceans for Youth Foundation, and had been honoured with numerous awards – Legend of the Sea by Beneath the Sea, Sea Hero (for diving back to the next generation of divers), and in the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame for his contributions to the scuba industry.
Our sincere condolences to his wife Anne, and his family and friends.