The Historical Diving Society the Netherlands

Dutch Working Equipment Group (DWEG)

Sunday, the 19th of august 2001 was an important day for historical diving enthousiasts in the Netherlands. After thorough preparations and several informal get-togethers, several hardhat enthusiasts teamed up to form the Dutch Working Equipment Group (DWEG). At that moment Holland seemed to be to small to start an official Historical Diving Society but the first step in the right direction was made!

The equipment originates from several countries and all is driven by handpump power.The members not only use historical diving equipment, they also preserve material, take part in demonstrations and fares and perform research in this field.


The goal of the DWEG is to meet other helmet divers, share information and dive with each other’s helmets. During the years, several meetings were held, shows were attended and demonstrations were given. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, the DWEG organised a 2-day event on May 14th and 15th 2011 with international guests. Since this new tradition was started each year the DWEG organises a International Diving weekend in september (see the agenda for the upcoming events).

Our goal is to bring as much as possible working and complete helmet diving suits together. We also want to provide a platform where the divers can talk about their hobby and where they have a chance to extend their own network. Most important is that we want to have fun with our gear!


Membership of the DWEG:

Since the start of the DWEG, membership is FREE, but;

  • Members should own their own historical diving equipment with they would like to bring to the DWEG meetings and are willing to let other DWEG members use (part of) their eguipment.

  • If a DWEG member is not the (proud) owner of historical diving equipment they are willing to contribute to the goals of the DWEG as a safety diver, making film or photographs or do another task to make the DWEG meeting to a succes.

The DWEG is a part of the HDS The Netherlands since the start of the HDS The Netherlands.