Skin Diving History



Del Wren - Chamipons

1958 Nationals held in the Bahamas:
Southern California divers from the Muirmen Skin Diving Club were the National and International Champions in 1958 AAU competition. Here (L. to R.) , Dick Jappe "Smitty and Frank Hopps return to the beach at the Bahamas Island National Championship meet in '58.
This caption accompanied an article in Western Outdoor News, Friday, April 3, 1959.

Nationals held in the Bahamas:
Del Wren
Frank Hopps
Dick Jappe

National Champions:
From left to right Frank Hopps, Del Wren , Dick Jappe and Owen Churchill.

National Champions pose with trophies for photographs.
Left to right, Del Wren, Dick Jappe and Frank Hopps.

Competitors take time for photograph with Owen Churchill.
Left to right, Del Wren , Owen Churchill, Frank Hopps and Dick Jappe.

Muirmen receive trophies for winning the West Coast Championships.
From left to right, Dick Jappe, Del Wren , Frank Hopps and Mel Barton of Voit Company presenting.

National Champions, the Muirmen at ceremony where received the 1958 National Underwater Spearfish Athlete of the year.
From left to right, Bob Maniki, Frank Hopps, Dick Jappe, Betty Jo Wren, Del Wren, and Ralph Davis.


  • Young Del

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  • Athlete of the year

  • Del in publications

  • Del on his gun

  • Once a Marine

  • Del's sense of humor

  • Del on the GLACD

  • Del on two world teams

  • Del on fins

  • The Wren Board

  • Del's golden years

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