The Historical Diving Society was formed in Britain in 1990 by a group of enthusiasts who wished to preserve, study and promote diving heritage.
Since then membership has grown steadily to include individuals and organisations across an entire spectrum of diving interests.
National sections of the H.D.S. have been formed in the USA, Italy and South Africa with international membership encompassing over twenty countries.
Of all the great technologies which underpin our modem world, underwater intervention - the ability of a human or machine to explore and work below water probably possesses the longest history.
Long before flight or automotive travel, possibly even before the advent of the wheel, mankind sought means to obtain wealth from the bottom of the sea.
The Historical Diving Society exists to ensure that diving takes its rightfbl place alongside the other great technologies, and that the history of underwater exploration, with its triumphs and tragedies, its heroes and its forgotten pioneers, is at last brought to proper attention.
Amongst the Societies members are archivists, archaeologists, authors, artists, bibliophiles, collectors, engineers, film makers, genealogists, historians, journalists, manufactures, museums, oceanoligists, photographers, researchers, scientists, submariners, salvers, technologists - and of course divers, ex-divers, and sub-sea enthusiasts from every comer of the globe.
The Historical Diving Society enables individuals and organisations with an interest in the history of sub-sea intervention to make academic, social and technical contacts on a National and International basis.
Amongst the benefits of membership are:
Enquiries concerning membership should be directed to;