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Stewart poses for a portrait in McMurdo Station while wearing his Antarctic parka. He traveled to Antarctica numerous times over the years to set up and oversee the scientific diving on the continent. James Stewart
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Thursday July 13, 2017

James "Jim" Stewart--the chief diving officer emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the so-called "father" of the U.S. Antarctic Program's diving program--died in Irvine, California on June 7 at the age of 89. Stewart adapted the scientific-diving best practices that he helped develop for the American Academy of Underwater Sciences to produce guidelines for the U.S. Arctic and Antarctic programs, procedures still used to this day.
Diver Rob Robbins swims under the sea ice in McMurdo Sound near Arrival Heights in a previous season. 2,000 Dives Under the Antarctic Sea
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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Party balloons greeted Rob Robbins as he climbed out of the icy waters of McMurdo Sound on October 22. The colorful additions to the typically utilitarian furnishings of the small dive hut marked a major milestone in his career.

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