Welcome to the

Historical Diving Society

The Home of Diving History

International Network of Societies

Extensive Events Programme

Accredited Diving Museum

Promoting and Preserving Our Diving Heritage

Welcome to the

Historical Diving Society

Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds with a shared passion for exploring, preserving and recording our diving heritage. Our members are encouraged to meet and exchange information through our various functions and activities. Our specialist interest groups include film and book groups and we have an active ‘Working Equipment Group’ which maintains and demonstrates vintage diving equipment. We maintain close relations with our international Societies and enjoy regular exchange visits. The Society publishes a journal, magazine, facsimiles and newsletters and has an extensive reference library. We also have the only museum in the UK which is dedicated solely to diving.

The world’s first Historical Diving Society

Visits to historical diving sites in the UK and abroad

Museum and reference library

Working equipment displays

Annual conference

Artefact and data source for TV and film industry

Friendly, active special interest groups

Genealogical data base of helmet divers

WORKING EQUIPMENT ‘TOE IN THE WATER’

WORKING EQUIPMENT ‘TOE IN THE WATER’

FROM Saturday 19 June 2021

TO Saturday 19 June 2021

The Working Equipment Group gets its toe in the water after a long spell of Covid isolation. Come and learn the ropes and join in the fun.

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Raising the Kursk

Raising the Kursk

Saturday 10 July 2021

An illustrated evening talk by Mike O'Meara who was part of the British 'Salvage Planning and Negotiation Team, Phase 1'

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Dutch WEG 2021 Diving Weekend

Dutch WEG 2021 Diving Weekend

FROM Saturday 18 September 2021

TO Sunday 19 September 2021

The Dutch WEG Annual diving rally - a great social event for diving helmet enthusiasts!

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Join Us

Being a member of the Society not only introduces you to other like-minded individuals but also rewards you with exclusive offers and discounts to selected events and goods. Our e-newsletter, Rope Signals, will also keep you right up to date with our news and events. We look forward to welcoming you to the HDS family!
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Annual Conference

10.00am on Saturday 6th November 2021.

Our next Conference will be held via Zoom.
A link to join the Conference and further details will be posted here in October 2021.

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Annual General Meeting

10.30am on Sunday 7 November 2021.

This year our AGM this year will be held via Zoom.

A link to join the meeting will be provided in October.
Members who wish to access the Agenda and Reports should log in to their account, and select ‘Annual General Meeting’ from the drop down menu.

If you wish to attend the meeting please send a request for the Zoom link to ‘info@thehds.com’ no later than Saturday 6 November 2021.

Latest News

Check and Test Day, 19 June

Check and Test Day, 19 June

WEG IS WARMING UP! The kit is getting dusted off and ready for 2021. Put Saturday 19th June in your diary, especially if you fancy a trip to Cromhall Quarry in Gloucestershire. In addition to getting a chance to dive, all the equipment needs to be checked and tested...

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