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Frank Scalli

Born: April 13, 1931

Charlestown, MA

DIed: June 25, 2004

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By the late 1950s, he became a leading scuba diving instructor, initiating diving instruction on twenty-two college and university campuses.

Board member of the YMCA, NAUI and PADI simultaneously, he joined the Boston Sea Rovers and founded their annual Underwater Symposium.

With U.S. Divers from 1961-1985 he rose to be National Sales Manager. His career was capped with honors from NOGI, DEMA, the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences and many others
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Frank Scalli


Frank Scalli was born April 13, 1931 in Charlestown, MA. He has been a diving instructor and one of the leading marketing professionals of diving equipment for over 40 years.

Scalli began diving in 1953, after his discharge from the Army and attended the first national YMCA Skin and Scuba Diving Instructor Certification programme in 1959. He went on to become a scuba diving instructor and member of the boards of directors of the YMCA, NAUI and PADI, all at the same time.

He established and operated diver and instructor programs at twenty-two New England colleges and universities, including Harvard, M.I.T., the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

In 1956 Scalli joined the Boston Sea Rovers, later becoming their president and a founder of the Boston Sea Rovers’ annual Underwater Symposium, which served as a model for other diving groups.

Scalli joined U.S. Divers in 1961 as East Coast Marketing and Promotional Director. He transferred into sales in 1963 and received an award from U.S. Divers for attaining $1 million in sales per annum. In 1969 Scalli became National Sales Manager, a position he held until retirement in 1985. For his long dedication, he has received many awards and honours, including: the NOGI Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (1972); the Reaching Out Award and induction into the DEMA Hall of Fame (1992); and the Distinguished Service Award by the Cotting School for Handicapped Children.