|First Female Scuba Instructor|
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Los Angeles California. Dottie Frazier, not as famous as SEA HUNT’s Zale Parry, was one of the few women who had the courage and ability to enter the man's world of diving in the 1950s. At a little over 5 feet tall and weighing 90 pounds, Frazier beat the odds with gear so big that it had to be tied at the arms and legs. She wore shoes that were several sizes too big.
Born in 1922, she began free diving at the age of 9 to recover a coffee pot that her father accidentally dropped over the side of his boat. By the time she reached her teens, she was free diving for lobster, abalone, and fish.
In 1955, Frazier enrolled in the Los Angeles County Underwater Instructors Certification Course, the forerunner of NAUI, and became the first woman scuba instructor in the United States. Met with considerable resistance, women “just weren’t strong enough” to be Scuba Divers. Men in the class shunned her and their wives hated her.
After taking a hardhat course in 1960, Frazier worked for an insurance company recovering lost items and investigating sunken boat accidents. She never liked the restrictions of hardhat gear. Today, her hardhat has been converted to a lamp. “But I never use it”, she laughs.
With 4 sons, 20 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, Frazier is still active water skiing, owns several motorcycles, rides a dirt bike, and sings back up in a musical group.
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