Sea Horse Pittsburgh
In the beginning of 1950s dive clubs and spearfishing clubs
were starting to form, and their activities were reported in the
magazine The Skin Diver magazine. It was very expensive to
purchase an Aqua Lung set, so the club members started helping
each other to modifying the Oxygen Diluter Regulator to built
their diving equipments.
When magazine Popular Science published a cover story titled
"Build Your Own Diving Lung" in its July 1953 issue, it
accelerated the race to customize the Diluter regulator. This has also led companies to develop diving units on a commercial level for the emerging market.
In 1952, The Dive-Craft Industries of Pittsburh, Pa was
established and bulit their Diluters as "Sea Horse Diving
Lungs" with single and twin tanks. DiveCraft later became
Diving Industries, of Pittsburgh, PA. Probably the most successful
company manufacturing and selling a converted oxygen regulator for
The Sea Horse regulators and sets (42 cubic foot single or
twin tank) were marketed directly to the public
all over the world, and successfully competed with Aqua Lung, Desco,
Scott Aviation, and others well into 1957. Dive-Craft (Diving
Industries) did not put serial numbers in their regulator or sets.
1. The Journal of Diving History Spring 2011,
Volume 19, Issue 2, Number 67 - Ed LaRochelle
2. Sea Horse Catalogs