European Historical Diving Event 2020 has been postponed due to the corona virus pandemic. The event will most likely be organised as a two-day meeting comprising historical diving and lectures. One candidate is 19.9.—20.9. weekend. More information in may.
Divers’ Day is an annual historical diving event aimed at the general public. Visitors can experience a descent into the local river in a 18th century diving bell replica (model Mårten Triewald). Using Siebe-Gormanstandard diving dress is also shown, as well as some historical but more unorthodox diving helmets.
We have organised the Divers’ Day event annually in may since 2010 and year 2020 marks the tenth anniversary, although the pandemic forced us to postpone the 2020 event. The focus of the event lies on the history of (commercial) diving and on diving demonstrations. Modern recreationan diving is not excluded however. The dive demonstrations take place in an “aquarium” (a water-filled telephone booth with a glass window covering one side entirely) with one exception: The diving bell is lowered into the river. Anecdotally, (commercial) Diver’s day has been celebrated in Russia in may to commemorate worlds first diving school (founded on 5.5.1882 in Kronstadt next to St Petersburg, Russia). Finland was a grand duchy of Russia at that time. Unrelated, but what a coincidence!
Our Diver’s day event has been organised in co-operation and on the premises of the Merikeskus Forum Marinum museum.
European Historical Diving Event
The responsibility of organising an annual European Historical Diving Event is shared between the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish societies. The event has been organised in Finland in 2012 and in 2016 and, hopefully, in 2020. This means that we invite international guests to our Divers’s Day every four years.
Diving bell Mårten
Our diving bell, Mårten, was manufactured and assembled in time for the Diver’s day of 2012. For the first time, international guests were invited and they brought with them their historical diving gear for display.
The responsibility of organising an annual European Historical Diving Event, such as this, is shared between the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish societies. The event has been organised in Finland in 2012 and in 2016 and the next one will be in 2020.
Diving presentations have been given using our diving bell Mårten, historical commercial diving gear, open helmets, modern commercial diving gear, open circuit S.C.U.B.A. and rebreather.