CMAS: “Confédération Mondiale des Activitées Aquatique”.
Nothing would have been possible without the passion and strong friendship that brought to life the first association of fishermen, underwater hunters, and divers within the organisation of the International Confederation of Sports Fishing, which was founded on 22nd of February 1952.
In 1958 several members of CIPS had an idea in mind to create a purely underwater organisation. This important decision was handled on the 6th congress of CIPS that was held in Bruxelles, on 28th of September 1958. Ten federations made a decision to create an international confederation of underwater activities that would take over the assignment of the marine sports committee of CIPS. CMAS became the successor to the “Comité des Sports Sous-Marins” (Underwater Sports Committee) of CIPS. This confederation, the new international standards would give the possibility to people of different cultures to get to know each other and work together in harmony.
From 9th to 11th of January 1959 the World Underwater Federation has been established by the delegates of 15 countries unanimously.
The delegates were from the following Federations:
Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Switzerland, the United States of America and Yugoslavia. Cdt Jaques-Yves Cousteau, the underwater pioneer, was present as the delegate of Monaco and was elected president.
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