Legends of Diving Articles


Ollie Bernard Ferguson
UNEXSO Dive Instructor and Lecturer

Ollie Ferguson was born in Los Angeles CA and grew up in Nassau, in The Bahamas. After graduating St. Andrews School, he attended Kent School in Connecticut and Jacksonville University in Florida. Ollie's wife is Tamee

Marshawn Ferguson, daughter Carina Marie Ferguson is 23, and daughter Mallory Marie is 13.

Ollie left University 1979 and returned to The Bahamas. He worked as an Architectural Draftsman for a year, often working in the field supervising construction projects. Leaving the construction field he took up sport SCUBA diving and became a SCUBA Instructor working for The Underwater Explorers Society, Limited [UNEXSO] in Grand

Ollie Ferguson Invitation to Legends UNEXSO 2009

Bahama. In addition to teaching diving between 1983 and 1998 Ollie volunteered almost 400 hours a Recompression Chamber Operator and Tender. In this capacity he administered high-pressure oxygen treatments to injured divers. The majority of these individuals were local fisherman without medical insurance.

Also 1995, working for Medaka Productions Limited, Ollie went to sea. The location was 85 miles off of the Turks and Cacaos Islands on "The Silver Banks?. The project was to film an I-Max movie on Humpback Whales. Ollie was talent, diving coordinator and chaperon for 6 children. The crew was International, made up of Americans, Bahamians, British, Canadians, Dominicans, and Israelis. This group lived and worked at sea on a dive boat for one month.

Documentary and television appearances list among Ollie's accomplishments. He has appeared on Regis and Cathy Lees" "The Morning Show?, The Learning Channels "Danger Zone?, WTSP Channel 10 in Tampa Bay production of "Getting out Alive, Shark Attacks" and CBS-TV "Ordinary/Extraordinary?, with Leanza Cornett.

Between 1994 and 1997 Ollie was a lecturer for The Grand Bahama Tourism Boards" "Bahama Host Program?. The program was established to provide participants with information about Grand Bahama and the importance of delivering exceptional customer service.

In 1995 Ollie used his Drafting/Construction background as Project Manager on the construction of a 4,000 square foot addition to the UNEXSO facility. Ollie worked with the handicapped, introducing them to SCUBA diving. He worked with The Starlight Foundation granting wishes for terminally ill individuals. Additionally, Ollie was instrumental in the creation of a vocational SCUBA diving program in two local schools. He served on The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association [BASRA] board as Public Relations Chairperson for the year 2000.

He joined the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama, Sunrise in 1996. Ollie served as Vocational Services Chairman, Vice President and President 2000 - 2001. During this time Ollie was presented with Rotary?s" Distinguished Service Citation and District Governors Citation for exemplary services in Rotary and the community.

From 2002 to 2005 Ollie was General Manager of Solomon's Freeport a 58,000 square foot facility that distributes and sells perishable and semi perishable food items along with general merchandise products. Solomon's Freeport employed one hundred and five people and produced over eighteen million dollars in sales revenue.

Ollie realized a life long goal of working in Real Estate when he joined the team at James Sarles Realty in 2005. In 2007 Ollie was inducted into the International Diamond Society by Coldwell Banker Island Affiliates for selling 48 units and earning in excess of $188,000.00 in commissions for Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty.

In September 2008 Ollie accepted the position of General Manager of The Freeport News. Entering the newspaper business is being seen as his coming full circle as he is the eldest grandchild of the late Sir Etienne Dupuch, founder of the Nassau Daily Tribune.

Portage Quarry Recreation Club, Inc.
12701 South Dixie
Bowling Green OH, 43402

©1999-2021 International Legends of Diving
All Rights Reserved


free hit counters