Entries by Allan Kessler

The Oil Drum Diver

by Des Williams HDS Aus-Pac During the 1930s, many young men were inspired by the deep sea exploring exploits hero of the time, William Beebe, who astounded the world with his descents in his bathysphere, to depths never reached by man until that time. Many home-made diving helmets were reported in the Australian press, a […]

Helmet Diving in Australia – The Earliest Record

by Des Williams – HDS Aus-Pac When was helmet diving first employed in Australia? This is a question we often get asked at the Historical Diving Society and one which we are now able to answer with some certainty, following our detailed historical research.

The “Porpoise” book reprint

Australian Diving Technology the World Copied By Des Walters, Des Williams, Mel Brown AM and Tony Gregory When La Spirotechnique and Aqua-Lung were only producing twin hose scuba and had never dreamed of a single hose system, along came an Australian who changed scuba diving forever. This is the complete story of the engineering brilliance […]

Walter Hamilton Gibbins

Walter Hamilton Gibbins – Australian Diving Pioneer (Article updated 5-Apr-2018 to correct Walter’s middle name) by Melven Brown Here we focus on one of Australia’s pioneer SCUBA divers. Australia has produced many outstanding scuba divers, underwater film-makers, equipment technicians, spear-fishers and innovators. It all started in the late 1940s, when the sport of spearfishing was […]