Diving history from Renaissance to the present time

Most of the history of diving take place after the 14th century as many discoveries were made. Several ambitious inventors presented and demonstrated their machines, apparatus, and devices. General knowledge of many aspects of diving increased with a better understanding of physics, mathematics, physiology. Crafting became more advanced and industrialized and new materials became available.

2018
Kevin Brown preparing for the deepest dive under the ice

Kevin Brown achieve the deepest dive under the ice

On January 27th, 2018, Kevin Brown achieved a depth of 134 meters / 454 feet diving under the ice. The dive for a research project of artefacts left by native people. It took place in..More about

2012
Deepsea Challenger deep diving submersible of James Cameron

James Cameron explore the deepest point of the ocean

The Canadian film director James Cameron descent to 10898.4 meters / 35,756 feet underwater at the command of the Deepsea Challenger submarine. This was accomplished in 2012 at Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench in the..More about

2006
Aug. 1, 2006 - Chief Navy Diver Daniel Jackson completes a successful certification dive of the Atmospheric Diving System (ADS)

Deepest dive on atmospheric suit by a US Navy diver

The deepest dive to date in an atmospheric suit was executed by US Chief Navy soldier Daniel P. Jackson. In 2006, he descended to 610 meters / 2000 feet on August 1st, 2006. This dive..More about

1999
Photo of The Liberty Bell 7 after its recovery at 4890m / 16043ft

Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft recovered in the deepest commercial recovery operation

The Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft recovered in the deepest commercial search and recovery mission in 1999. The spacecraft was laying on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 4890 meters / 16043..More about

1988
Logo of ANDI - Association of Nitrox Divers Inc.

ANDI or American Nitrox Divers, Inc. is founded

In 1988, ANDI or the Association of Nitrox Divers Inc. is formed to fill the education gap needed for the safe use of other breathing gases than air. Dick Rutkowski the man behind ANDI is..More about

1983
Photo of an Orca EDGE dive first commercially available dive computer

Orca EDGE the first dive computer commercially available

Orca introduced in 1983, the first commercially electronic dive computer named the EDGE. Orca had a hard time to keep up with the demand from the divers. Their production got limited to one unit a..More about

1980
Logo of Divers Alert Network - DAN

Divers Alert Network or DAN is founded

Divers Alert Network or DAN was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organization. Then named NDAN or National Diving Accident Network, its main goal was the establishment of a 24-hour emergency hotline for with quick..More about

1962
Photo of Hannes Keller at the NEDU

Hannes Keller reaches 300m / 1000ft

Swiss diver Hannes Keller set a new depth record off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, California. On the 3rd of December 1962 together with Peter Small descended to 300 meters / 1000 feet. This..More about

1961
Photo of Scuba divers at the surface with inflated Fenzy ABJL buoyancy compensators

Maurice Fenzy start selling the ABJL

The Fenzy ABJL or Adjustable Buoyancy Life Jacket is the first commercially available buoyancy compensators for sport divers. Made by french diver Maurice Fenzy, it became available on the market in the year 1961.

1960
Photo of Jacques Piccard and Lieutenant Don Walsh in the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960 for Challenger Deep exploration

Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh reaches Challenger Deep inside the Trieste

In 1960, Jacques Piccard and Lieutenant Don Walsh, USN, descended to the bottom at the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the ocean (about 10900 m or 35802 ft, or 6.78 miles) in the..More about

Photo of the USS Triton (SSRN-586) nuclear submarine

The first submerged circumnavigation of the world by a submarine, the USS Triton

It was under the codename of Operation Sandblast that, in 1960, the USS Triton (SSRN-586), a nuclear-powered submarine executed the first submerged circumnavigation of the world. It followed the same tracks as the first one..More about

1956
Original Film Poster of The Silent World - Le monde du silence

The Silent World, first film to show the underwater in color

Jacques-Yves Cousteau and assistant director Louis Malle, a young filmmaker of 23, shot The Silent World in 1956. It is one of the first films to use underwater cinematography to show the ocean depths in..More about

1952
Photo of Ted Eldred in 2003 with an example of the world's first commercially available, single hose scuba unit, which was released early in 1952.

The first single hose open-circuit scuba set

In 1952, an Australian named Ted Eldred start his work on the first single hose open-circuit scuba in Melbourne. The Porpoise CA-1 for Compressed Air model 1 came as a set composed of a second..More about

1951
Cover of the first edition of Skin Diver magazine in December 1951

First Issue of Skin Diver Magazine dedicated to diving

In December 1951 the first issue of Skin Diver Magazine appeared in the USA. The magazine ran until November 2002. As it started the magazine included all kinds of diving but was mostly related to..More about

Because of the hostile environment and the physiological limits of humans, progress in diving has slowed down. Even in the age of electronics, computers, wireless and miniaturization, the ocean remains the least explored places on earth. For regular divers, we can say that more people have walked on the moon than venturing deeper than 300 meters.

This timeline will take you through many and most of the important moments in the history of diving. Great people invented equipment, others were doing research in decompression theory. Some are important achievements, some ended in tragic ways. But they all made diving possible in the way we know it today.