Become a Member

The HDS is an active Society of members who are passionate about researching, collecting, recording, publishing and exhibiting artefacts and information from our diving past.

You do not need to be a diver to join us. Whatever your interests may be our aim is to share our knowledge and build a legacy for future generations in the most enjoyable way possible. We have regular meetings, rallies, talks and international exchange visits which foster a sense of ‘family’. Become a member of our family today.

Member Benefits

As a member of the HDS you will receive:

our latest news and information through our online newsletter, RopeSignal

our magazine, ‘The Historical Diving Times’ which is published twice a year

our academic publication, ‘The International Journal of Diving History’ which is published annually

the published ‘Proceedings’ of our Annual Conference

contacts with other members and enthusiasts

access to our comprehensive reference library of books, papers, images and film/videos

access to ‘The Divers Index’

invitations to attend our film evenings and book meetings

invitations to attend overseas events held by other international HDSs

access to a membership and profile directory online

invitations to attend our Annual Conference

the opportunity to dive in standard dress (subject to conditions)

discounts and special offers on selected goods and events

free entry to The Diving Museum in Gosport, Hampshire

discounted tickets to Diving Museum events

“Thrilled to be able to dive in standard dress at your rally. It fulfilled a lifelong ambition.”


If you would like any more information about becoming a member, please contact our membership secretary (

The Membership Secretary,
5 Nepean Close
PO12 2BH
United Kingdom