The Historical Diving Society

The Historical Diving Society Registered Charity No. 1159032, Founded 1990

To 'promote and preserve our diving heritage' The Historical Diving Society (the HDS) was formed in 1990 in the UK by a group of enthusiasts whose aim is to preserve and protect diving heritage.

Since then the Society has grown into an international organisation with affiliated national societies across the world. The Society encourages the publication of articles of historical diving interest, and produces its own newsletter, the Historical Diving Times, which is available to members. Selected articles appear online. The Society also holds meetings, visits, and lectures, and has an activ

Since then the Society has grown into an international organisation with affiliated national societies across the world. The Society encourages the publication of articles of historical diving interest, and produces its own newsletter, the Historical Diving Times, which is available to members. Selected articles appear online. The Society also holds meetings, visits, and lectures, and has an activ

Operating as usual

HDS Working Equipment Group with Hughes subsea diving
18/07/2021

HDS Working Equipment Group with Hughes subsea diving

Working Equipment Group back in action again. South west maritime Academy
20/06/2021

Working Equipment Group back in action again. South west maritime Academy

20/06/2021

Could this be the new BSAC Technical SDC? David Bryant - The Southern Regional Coach hung up his mask and fins and replaced them with a brass hat and lead boots. David commented, "What a superb experience, I'll remember it like I recall the first time I put on scuba, it should be on every diver's bucket list".

Many Thanks to the Historical Diving Society's Working Equipment Group who made it possible with original Siebe Gorman air pump and Standard Dress: https://www.thehds.com/events/event-list/

Thanks also goes to John Davies the MD of Cromhall Quarry, for a great place for diver training in South Gloucestershire. https://www.cromhallquarry.com/

18/05/2021

Just received my copy of The International Journal of Diving History Vol. 13. Wonderful, what a great job the team has done.

11/05/2021
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05/12/2020

Channel 4 @ 19:30Hrs, Saturday 5th December 2020
Britain's Most Historic Towns
Episode 5 - Glasgow's Age of Steam

HDS assisted with the research and information about the Glasgow Diving Bell Barge that features in this programme

Let's face it - it has been a difficult year for most of us. Hopefully the Christmas season will bring some longed for g...
27/11/2020
Books & Prints Archives - The Historical Diving Society

Let's face it - it has been a difficult year for most of us. Hopefully the Christmas season will bring some longed for good cheer. To help you spread the Christmas spirit, don't forget to check out the HDS Christmas cards and gifts at thehds.com. Merry Christmas everyone!

https://www.thehds.com/product/chocolate-orange-diver-stocking-filler/

https://www.thehds.com/product/vintage-diver-adult-t-shirt/

https://www.thehds.com/product-category/books-prints/

© The Historical Diving Society is a company limited by guarantee. Registered Charity Number 1159032. Company registered in England & Wales No. 9204944. Established 1990.

Historical Diving Society UKWorking Equipment Group.Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the uncertainty of when things will...
27/03/2020

Historical Diving Society UK
Working Equipment Group.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the uncertainty of when things will get back to normal,I have made the decision to Cancel all our Weg activities for 2020.
Hms Sultan
Stoney Cove Rally
Sub Sea to Summit 2 (Snowdon)
Paddle around the Pier Brighton
Hope you all understand,stay safe out there.
Ty Burton

11/02/2020
Following the success of the Ben Nevis Challenge last year when members of the Working Equipment Group participated in t...
26/01/2020
Click here to support Snowdon Subsea to Summit organised by Snowdon Divers

Following the success of the Ben Nevis Challenge last year when members of the Working Equipment Group participated in the charity ascent of Ben Nevis, the Working Equipment Group will be repeating the Subsea-to-Summit Challenge this year on Mount Snowdon in Wales.

The three-day event will start with a dive in Lake Padarn at the foot of Mount Snowdon and a walk through the town (in full standard dress) collecting donations for four beneficiaries:
1. The Llanberis Mountain Rescue team (who will be assisting throughout the event)
2. A local two-year-old, Cadi Owen Evans, who needs financial help to get hearing aids
3. Hailing Beiret Bureerak’s family. Hailing was a Thai Navy Seal who died at the end of 2019 after a 17-month battle against an infection he contracted while carrying out the rescue of the boys from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand.
4. The Historical Diving Society.

The dive and climb will be carried out in full standard dress weighing 80kg. The ascent will start on day two with the intention of summiting on the following day. Six divers will carry out the climb in relay. Each diver will walk as far as he or she can and then change with another team member. They will be accompanied by a support team of volunteers who will assist the divers to get dressed, carry equipment and carry the charity buckets.

Our team members come from far and wide across the UK: from West Wales to Fort William in Scotland. None take a penny out of the money raised for their personal expenses. Every penny raised will be divided evenly between our four chosen charities.

The schedule:

Day 1. Friday 21 August 2020
After setting up a ‘base camp’ gazebo, a diver will dive to -5 metres in Llyn Padarn in full standard dress, after which the diver and assistants will walk through the town collecting money for charity and finish at the start of the Llanberis path ready to start the ascent the following day.

Day 2, Saturday 22 August 2020
The first diver will start the climb at approximately 9 am. The team members will take turns climbing in full standard dress until about 4.30 pm. A few will camp overnight on the mountain with the diving/walking gear (help with kit/tents etc is essential – if you can help please contact our Working Equipment Group Officer on [email protected]).

Day 3, Sunday 23 August 2020
The climb will start again at about 9am and the team should, hopefully, summit before 4.30 pm.If all goes well the team will return to base with all gear and have time to relax and celebrate their success. (An extra day may be necessary depending on weather conditions, etc)

We would love to see you at Mount Snowdon that weekend, but if you can’t make it we hope you will support our charity challenge by making a donation through our ‘Go Fund Me’ page. Donations can be made at any time prior to and during the event itself.

THANK YOU!

https://ie.gofundme.com/f/snowdon-subsea-to-summit

SNOWDON DIVER CHALLENGE I am appealing on behalf of the Historical Diving Society who are doing a climb up Snowdon in full standard diving dress (weighing 80kg) to raise money for 4 worthy causes: 1. Cadi Owen Evans, a local two-year old toddler who needs help to afford hearing aids. 2. The Lla...

14/10/2019
HDS diving weekend Lake Galder 2019 part 2

HDS diving weekend Lake Galder 2019 part 2

Part 2 of our helmet diving weekend organized by the Historical Diving Society the Netherlands. Like previous years, it was a big succes. Nice dives with dif...

More photos of the DWEG Rally in Breda are now on the HDS blog. Thanks to Kees and everyone who allowed us to use their ...
08/10/2019
Blog - The Historical Diving Society

More photos of the DWEG Rally in Breda are now on the HDS blog. Thanks to Kees and everyone who allowed us to use their photos.
https://www.thehds.com/blog/

Two Siebe helmets at Lake Galder A Siebe Gorman 6-bolt and 12-bolt both take a dip in Lake Galder, Breda. read more A Heinke 6-bolt at Lake Galder, Breda A Heinke 6-bolt takes a dive in Lake Galder. read more Diving the Franz Clouth regulator at Lake Galder The Franz Clouth regulator goes for a dip....

Dutch Working Equipment Group in action
02/10/2019

Dutch Working Equipment Group in action

28/09/2019
Check out our new website – We hope you enjoy it!https://www.thehds.com
28/09/2019
Break open the Bubbly! - The Historical Diving Society

Check out our new website –
We hope you enjoy it!
https://www.thehds.com

Break open the Bubbly! It is time to break open the bubbly. after months of planning, designing, arranging, coding, uploading and testing we have a handsome new website to take the Historical Diving Society into the 21st century. Designed and built by Two Blue Toucans, we are delighted with the resu...

Historical diving society The Netherlands Lake Galder, Breda , Holland 28th & 29th September 2019 for more information c...
19/09/2019

Historical diving society The Netherlands
Lake Galder, Breda , Holland 28th & 29th September 2019 for more information contact Kees de Helmduiker

HDS Working Equipment Group at Cromhall Diving .Club try dive
08/09/2019

HDS Working Equipment Group at Cromhall Diving .Club try dive

Working Equipment Group back in action
09/07/2019

Working Equipment Group back in action

Working Equipment Group in action
08/07/2019

Working Equipment Group in action

HDS UK with the Dutch Working Equipment Group & Military diver memorial
09/06/2019

HDS UK with the Dutch Working Equipment Group & Military diver memorial

Dutch Working Equipment Group with the HDS Working Equipment Group .Diving Heinke & Co Equipment
09/06/2019

Dutch Working Equipment Group with the HDS Working Equipment Group .Diving Heinke & Co Equipment

07/06/2019

Dutch Working Equipment Group with the HDS Working Equipment Group

22/05/2019

Confirmed dates for the Working Equipment Group.

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of June,Stoney Cove Rally.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June HMS Sultan(Tank dive and display)

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of July,Paddle around the Pier (tank dive and display) Brighton.

Hope to see you there..

Historical diving society working Equipment Group in action
13/04/2019

Historical diving society working Equipment Group in action

Sub Sea to Summit Challenge.Total raised for the HDS is £2,483.30pA great challenge,completed by a top team of walkers a...
26/09/2018

Sub Sea to Summit Challenge.
Total raised for the HDS is £2,483.30p
A great challenge,completed by a top team of walkers and all support crew,well done all.
I'm proud to have done my small bit to help.
Too many to name,you know who you are,and your contribution..

Respect is Earned..Not Given...

Respect to you all..

Diolch..

Ty Burton HDS Working Equipment Group

HDS Working Equipment Group in action with friends Lake Galder,Breda Netherlands.
23/09/2018

HDS Working Equipment Group in action with friends Lake Galder,Breda Netherlands.

Sub sea to summit day one complete 💪🏻
01/09/2018

Sub sea to summit day one complete 💪🏻

Sub Sea to Summit in Historical Diving EquipmentWeʼre raising funds for The Historical Diving Society, The Ben Nevis Mou...
29/08/2018

Sub Sea to Summit in Historical Diving Equipment

Weʼre raising funds for The Historical Diving Society, The Ben Nevis Mountain Rescue Team and the family of Thai Diver Saman Kunan.

A never before... and probably never again walk up Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain in Historical Diving Equipment weighing over 80 kg (176lbs). The start date will be the 1st September 2018 and the walk which will be done in a relay between several different people is expected to take 4 to 5 days to complete. It will begin at minus 5 meters in Loch Linnhe and finish at 1345m, the summit of Ben Nevis. A total climb of 1350m or 4,430ft.

The idea came from Ginge Fullen a Leading Diver in the Royal Navy who has combined a career in diving with climbing the highest mountains in more than 170 countries around the world.

He wanted to do an expedition so brutal that it will probably never be repeated again. After meeting Ty Burton from the Historical Diving Society (HDS) two like-minded people came together to make this challenge happen.

The HDS has come on board supporting the project with both manpower and equipment. All funds raised will be distributed between; The Historical Diving Society, The Ben Nevis Mountain Rescue Team and the family of Thai Diver Saman Kunan who tragically lost his life while trying to rescue a group of Thai boys trapped in a flooded cave.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/subseatosummit…

Ken Wilson has provided some great shots of the 23 para regiment at one of our WEG events at Stoney Cove.
03/08/2018

Ken Wilson has provided some great shots of the
23 para regiment at one of our WEG events at Stoney Cove.

Working Equipment Group diving the 23rd Parachute Engineer Regiment
02/08/2018

Working Equipment Group diving the 23rd Parachute Engineer Regiment

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Can I suggest something. The hard hats are great, I have several. But to get back to the people you need something simpler, I think. My BSAC club just had its 50th birthday. To celebrate I took all the old gear down and let them use it in the pool, Simple, ABLJs, twin hoses, high volume masks, early single hoses, even a snead diving helmet. Historic diving from the 50s. They loved it! After covid of coarse. Keith Holman
HDS was regreeferred to on the BBC show, Have I got News For You tonight 😄👍
for sale . pump Drager . helmet Drager. matched number 4086 . 5000 euro
Just finished reading Alec Crawford's book "Treasure Islands - true tales of a shipwreck hunter" published this month. A most enjoyable read. It majors on the salvage of over 200 tons of non-ferrous metal from the wreck of the Oceanic. I now need to reread "The Other Titanic" by Simon Martin published in 1980.
Uma notícia muito triste! O falecimento de nosso amigo Jacques Chabbert, um expoente na preservação da história do mergulho. Retorne em paz para a realidade espiritual e que Deus conforte sua família e os seus amigos. Très triste nouvelle! La mort de notre ami Jacques Chabbert, un acteur de la préservation de l'histoire de la plongée. Revenez en paix à la réalité spirituelle et que Dieu réconforte votre famille et vos amis. Very sad news! The death of our friend Jacques Chabbert, an actor in the preservation of the history of diving. Return in peace to spiritual reality and may God comfort your family and friends. Isaías 43:2 Quando passares pelas águas estarei contigo... Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you... Ésaïe 43:2 Si tu traverses les eaux, je serai avec toi...
Quite a few years ago now, Nick Baker, a very old friend of mine, asked me if I would like to visit a private museum in Wales UK. Thankfully I accepted his kind offer and we spent an amazing day looking through all of the old equipment that SG had amassed over the years. I was especially interested in this early chamber with very small ports in the door. I hope this series of images are of interest to someone. Real diving history.
Our latest newsletter. The late John Bevan, founder of the HDS, was a valued trustee.
Hi everyone, i found this Helmet in Portsmouth a few years ago. Ive been advised it may be a Comms Helmet for Diving. Any help would be great. Thank you
I am planning to complete a total of 12,600 feet scuba diving, one dive at a time in an attempt to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and PTSD Scuba Diving, This will be an accumulative depth to the equivalent of the Titanic’s final resting place at 12,600 ft, (3,800m). To be completed in Deans Blue Hole In the Bahamas. I will be virtually visiting other shallower wrecks on the way down and posting their story. The first dive will be made on the anniversary of the Titanic's launch on the 31st May 1911.
John Bevan was featured in yesterday's (28th Feb) Last Word on BBC Radio 4 at 4pm. Starts at about 22 minutes into the programme.
watched the episode "Don't forget the diver" from dads army today, very funny