The Historical Diving Society the Netherlands


During the last years, there was quit some helmet diving action organized by the Dutch Working Equipment Group. Several years we held helmet diving weekends at Lake Galder (Breda) and our demonstrations on nautical event Furieade (Maassluis), where members of the DWEG demonstrated the dressing and use of Drager and Siebe Gorman diving helmets. Some DWEG members also visited the Stoney Cove meeting to team up with the HDS members.


For many years we talked about establishing a Dutch Historical Diving Society in The Netherlands. During the summer of 2018 we decided to form a foundation by the name of “Historical Diving Society The Netherlands”. This went into effect in January 2019.

Our objectives are to preserve the Dutch diving history by gathering and sharing knowledge, equipment and documentation. We will use this to keep the diving history alive by giving demonstrations and dive with this equipment.

To advance the education of the public in the study of the History of Diving by: 

  • Identifying, preserving and maintaining archives associated with historical diving.

  • Publishing appropriate literature and organising regular meetings on historical diving subjects.

  • Pursuing the establishment and maintenance of a museum for the permanent exhibition and preservation of items of historical and educational value