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

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


It was a typical English summer weekend: Glorious sunshine one day followed by cold overcast rain. But rain didn't stop play. There was a terrific turn out of members and volunteers, an exceptional variety of helmets, pumps and equipment to try out and plenty of...

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End of an Era at Horsea Lake

End of an Era at Horsea Lake

Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th March 2022Defence Diving School, Horsea Island, Portsmouth What a weekend! A potentially sad farewell turned into a weekend of celebration, good humour, camaraderie and was completed by an emotional and fitting farewell...

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HDS Germany’s 2022 Programme

HDS Germany’s 2022 Programme

Historische Tauchergesellschaft (HDS Germany) have announced their programme of events for 2022. Their International Classic diving meeting will be held in Leipzig on the 17th - 19th June 2022. Let us hope that Covid restrictions will allow us to join them this year....

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