Outstanding Year in the History of Scuba Diving Equipment!
diving had only existed in the USA for about 10 years prior to 1963,
by that time it was already taking America by storm. There were more
equipment companies than ever, along with various TV shows, dive
and magazine ads, enticing anyone interested into visiting the
world. Here are six of the largest scuba equipment manufacturers'
1963 Dacor - "Fine
Makes Diving Enjoyable". Only three regulators were featured in this
catalog: models R-4 "Dial-A-Breath" and C-2 "Clipper" two hose
and the D-1 Dart single hose regulator. They retailed for $79.50,
and $59.50 respectively.
"Skin and Scuba
Diving Equipment". Healthways must have had a great year in 1963, as
catalog was a whopping 43 pages. They featured 4 different single hose
regulators, and their double hose "Scuba" single stage regulator, which
retailed for $52.95. Other equipment included spear guns, underwater
watches and depth gauges, rafts, air compressors, one of the first
decompression meters, and believe it or not, a 2-man submarine!
by Seamless". The Seamless Rubber Company, out of New Haven,
distributed Spanish built Nemrod regulators and accessories. They had a
nice line-up of spear guns, including a very powerful "Pirate"
model. They only offered two regulators in 1963: the Snark III Deluxe
hose regulator for $69.95, and the Snark II Deluxe for $39.95.
built some of the best regulators in the world at that time, and many
records were broken using their single hose equipment. Their top of the
line single hose was the Navy Unit II, and it sold for $95.00. Their
hose "Hydro-Twin" two stage regulator featured ports for a Sea-Vue
gauge, and a hookah attachment. It sold for $90.00, or $109.95 with the
1963 US Divers
This was the 20th anniversary of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and
Gagnan's invention known as the "Aqua-Lung". The US Divers catalog
23 pages of a variety of gear, including the new "Calypso" 35mm
camera. The three double hose regulators offered that year were: the DA
"Aqua-Master", a top of the line two stage regulator that sold for
the single stage "Mistral", a favorite of Captain Cousteau's research
team that sold for $67.50, and last, the ultra-modern "Jet-Air" single
stage regulator, with a high-impact black cycolac housing and yellow
Retail price was $50.00. Three single hose models were also available
1963 AMF Voit "America's
Diving Equipment". Voit gained massive popularity from the Sea Hunt
TV series because Mike Nelson used Voit gear almost exclusively. All
regulators were basically the same as US Divers models, with minor
changes. It was easy to distinguish a Voit two hose regulator from afar
by its gray hoses and mouthpiece. Only two double hose regulators were
featured in 1963: the V66 Navy two stage, and the V22 Voit Polaris 50
stage regulator. The Navy sold for $90.00 and the Polaris for $60.00.
single hose regulators were also available, including the unbreakable
chip proof VR4 Voit Explorer II with blue cycolac casing.