Historical SCUBA Suit On Display

IMG_1529Long before the days of SCUBA, diving was a much different sport. In fact, most diving was done commercially – not recreationally, as it is today. This fully dressed diver features a 1940’s 12-bolt Japanese helmet and canvas suit, weight belt, and boots. In total, the standard dress consists of about 180 pounds of protective equipment. An umbilical, or lifeline, would connect the diver to the surface and include an airhose and communication line.

You can find this historical artifact at Mile Marker 80.0 in the lobby of the Hampton Inn next to the Outback Steakhouse.

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