as of 02/13/14
as of 02/25/14
& Viking price lists.
All current production DESCO helmets
Commercial and Pool Cleaning Masks
Light Duty Diving Outfit
DESCO Two Diver Telephone and available communications options
Third party dry suits
sold by DESCO
Composite Beat Engel Demand Helmet
Product warnings and
General Diving Equipment
What gear it takes to dive.
What goes into making a diving helmet
Real or Replica?
Features of the various helmet models
How DESCO started
Those who built DESCO
General product history. Catalogs, significant orders, etc.
DESCO A, B, C Rebreathers Recirculating Helmets
SCUBA Lungs, Water Skis, and Miscellaneous Water Sports Products
Magazine or News
articles related to diving.
Links to online diving videos.
DESCO company photos
and photos from our archives
Commercial Diving Photos supplied by customers
Classic equipment &
hobby diving photos
Photos of helmets from
Photos of equipment in museums
Photos from some of
our repair projects
DESCO Historical Item Collection
Miscellaneous Photos, Old diver and/or equipment photos
DIVING HELMETS by DESCO Corp.
A little about the diving helmet family.
Unfortunately records from DESCO's early period are all but non-existent. We have been accumulating data on surviving diving helmets to recreate to some extent the production record. Our primary focus is on DESCO helmets but we also welcome information on other manufacturers helmets. This information is valuable in trying to authenticate old helmets. The serial number and date of manufacture are matched to other helmets of the same vintage to see if they fit chronologically in the record.
If you possess a helmet, or know of a helmet please submit the type, serial number, and date of mfg, plus any relevant additional information (i.e. modifications). firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on this project is available on the HELMET IDENTIFICATION page.
To learn more about the history of diving equipment see the Wikipedia article on the timeline of diving technology .
Each helmet type has it's own information page. Click a link to see the helmet you are interested in.
Classic DESCO Diving Helmets
Special and Custom Diving Helmets
Helmets by DESCO Corporation
Click on a helmet name or photo to be taken to its information page.
Heavy Commercial Pattern Helmets
Sponge (Lightweight) Pattern Helmets
All the DESCO helmets pictured above are still manufactured and are available.
DESCO often receives requests for special features on standard helmet, of one of a kind builds. DESCO has produced helmets to customer specifications. Often it is just mixing and matching parts from the various helmet models. In some instances we have fabricated special parts or assemblies for a customer. Where possible we gladly will fill these requests.
Example: A major commercial customer presents classic helmets to employees who meet milestones in their career with the company. We affix engraved presentation tags to the breastplates above the manufacturer's tag.
Example: A prominent collector wanted to add unique one of a kind helmets to his extensive collection. In collaborating with us we were able to fulfill his wishes by mixing standard parts in atypical ways.
Over the years DESCO was commissioned to produce limited edition commemorative helmets for the Historical Diving Society USA. These helmets were offered to HDS members. The first helmet issue was a run of 20 U.S. Navy Mark V Helmets commemorating it s 80th anniversary (1915-1995). The second was 20 Abalone helmets in honor of DESCO's 60th anniversary (1937-1997). The third was 26 USN Helium Helmets commemorating the raising of the USS Squalus in 1939. The 26 helmets were in honor of the 26 souls lost in the sinking.
Historical Diver Magazine Historical Diver Magazine Historical Diver Magazine
#5 Summer 1995 #11 Summer 1997 #56 Summer 2008
DESCO can stamp the manufacturers tag with a significant date as long as it it near the date of manufacture. We can also supply and install engraved Brass presentation tags above the manufacturers tag on the breastplate. Special tag size is limited to the space between the breastplate loops.