During its relatively short existence, the Diving Historical Society of Finland has managed to assemble a fairly good collection of old diving equipment and gear. The collection comprises both commercial and military and recreational diving gear dating back many decades. What is missing though, with the exception of a couple full face masks, is equipment for public safety diving (fire brigades).
Impressive and interesting
The most impressive piece of equipment obviously comprises hard hat diver’s equipment: classical diving helmets and manually operated air pumps.
The most interesting equipment need not be the biggest. A capillary depth gauge manufactured by the well known pioneer of finnish diving, Ora Patoharju, may very well be our most historically significant item.
Another item of historical value is the dive torpedo made by another pioneer of finnish diving, Bror-Erik Jansson and his son Peter. It comes complete with a guide book of underwater orienteering written by the father and the son.
Another item of interest is a silver medal in dive fishing in Hanko from 1968.
On the other hand, every piece of gear and equipment in the exhibition tells a story of its own. Many items are unique and are not to be found anywhere else. Others exists in few a copies only, and only in Finland.
The exhibition is open
The exhibition is only open for visit by special agreement as it is run by volunteers. We welcome groups of one to ten people at a time. Be fifteen and you must take turns. The more the better of course. Let us know if you are interested! Many thanks for DG-Diving Group for their support and help!
More diving gear?
There are copious amounts of diving gear both in Finland and overseas that will never hit the sea again. We accept all these gear into our collection with gratitude. Everything related to diving is accepted. Although buying is not outright impossible our association is severely limited in funds. It is important that these old pieces of obsolete gear are not forever lost to humankind.