as of 06/06/13
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
as of 06/06/13
& Viking price lists.
Product warnings and
What gear it takes to dive.
What goes into making a diving helmet
Real or Replica?
Features of the various helmet models
Magazine or News articles related to diving.
Links to online diving videos.
How DESCO started
Those who built DESCO
DESCO Product Information
General product history. Catalogs, significant orders, etc.
DESCO A, B, C Rebreathers Recirculating Helmets
SCUBA Lungs, Water Skis, and Miscellaneous Water Sports Products
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 Equipment & Salvage Company (DESCO) was formed in 1937 as the manufacturer of the newly designed diving equipment by Max Nohl and Jack Browne.
DESCO manufactures equipment for the commercial diving industry, represents other companies complementary products, and offers repair services to the collector and classic equipment diving community. We also make solid wood waterskis.
DESCO is a distributor for Viking Dry Suits, Composite Beat Engel DeepSea Lightweight Helmets, and Broco wet welding rods.
DESCO also sells a line of jewelry, accessories, and apparel with a diving theme.
If you would like to learn more about DESCO's product line please go to our online catalog at: www.divedesco.com
You can access product categories by using the links on the left side of this page.
You can contact DESCO Corporation at:
240 N. Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Office/shop hours are Monday to Friday 6am to 2:15pm Central Time.
DESCO manufactures our own equipment in our Milwaukee shop. You may not think of a inland city as a hub of diving activity but Milwaukee has a long tradition in hyperbaric and diving science. The history is covered in detail on our company history page. Milwaukee was known as the "Beer Capitol" but during the war we also were known as "The Nation's Machine Shop". Virtually all the metal components of our equipment are fabricated in Wisconsin. DESCO has long standing relationships with many local suppliers.
Our longevity in the industry has resulted in DESCO making many friends and business contacts around the world. In instances where another companies products may complement our own lines we will forge alliances and offer those products along side ours.
DESCO Diving Helmets
We offer a full range of classic style breastplated helmets and the DESCO Air Hat. All of our helmets are surface supplied free flow type. Every diving helmet we build is fully functional. Our U.S. Navy Mark V and Helium helmets conform to the USN Bureau of Ships drawings. They are not replicas. The U.S. Navy Diving Helmets have been in continuous production since 1942. All DESCO Diving Helmets are made to industry standards.
In addition to the DESCO Air Hat we offer 15 different classic style diving helmet models, made in our shop.
1. U.S. Navy Mark V
2. U.S. Navy Helium (old style and double exhaust style)
3. Commercial 3 Light
4. Commercial 4 Light
5. Commercial Nuclear
6. Commercial Fisheries
7. Lightweight Sponge
8. Lightweight Abalone
9. Lightweight Agar
10. Lightweight Browne Commercial
11. Lightweight Fisheries
12. One Light Shallow Water
13. Four Light Shallow Water
14. Browne Utility
15. Stillson Concept Helmet
To learn more about the individual helmets please see the DESCO HELMETS page.
Special request/order helmets.
DESCO has on three occasions produced limited edition helmets for the Historical Diving Society.
The first was the 80th Anniversary USN Mark V Helmet (1915-1995). The second was the DESCO 60th Anniversary Abalone Diver's Helmet(1937-1997). These two series were limited edition runs of 20 helmets. The third limited edition helmet was the USS Squalus Helium Helmet. These helmets commemorated the raising of the USS Squalus in 1939. The series was limited to 26 helmets in memory of the 26 souls lost in the sinking. All the HDS helmets had special tagging and markings.
We can supply presentation helmets with engraved tags.
We can customize standard helmets by mixing and matching parts from other models.
To learn more about the Special Order helmets please see the SERVICES page.
First developed during WWII the DESCO Browne Diving Mask was a primary piece of diving apparatus in the USN for forty years. Still available in Commercial and Pool Cleaning models. Please see the DESCO MASKS page for more details on DESCO Masks.
Other Diving Products
Weightbelts: DESCO makes the heavyweight and Quick Release Lightweight US Navy style belts. We also make a cartridge belt style pocket weightbelt.
Weighted Diver's Shoes: DESCO offers US Navy style diver's shoes with uppers made of Cordura Nylon, Leather, or White Canvas (for historical divers). The outer soles are either Lead (heavyweight), or Brass (lightweight). The Brass soles are available with a rubber over sole glued in place to protect decks.
US Navy Diver's Knife: The classic style tubular Brass sheath with a screw in blade. A navy standard since 1927.
Communications: The DESCO Two Diver telephone.
Fittings: DESCO offers many different fittings to adapt air supplies to helmets. Also we can provide air control valves, non-return valves, helium adapter valve, jetting nozzle, and communications adapter caps.
Classic Helmet Parts
DESCO is a recognized leader in supplying replacement parts for old diving helmets. Where an original part can't be found in many cases we can borrow a piece from a associate collector and have a reproduction cast from it. While the new part will be smaller than the original (due to shrinkage during the casting process) the new part will adequately replace the missing item.
DESCO also sells products from these companies:
Ansell Protective Products - Viking Dry Suits
290 Forbes Boulevard
Mansfield, MA 02048
Toll Free: 800-344-4458
To learn more about drysuits and accessories DESCO sells please see the DRYSUITS page.
Composite Beat Engel
Bubenbergstr. 36A - 2502
Bienne - Suisse
*41 (0) 32 322 46 36
*41 (0) 32 322 46 40 FAX
To learn more about the CBE DeepSea helmet please see the DEEPSEA B-2 HELMET page.
10868 Bell Court
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Desmond Stephan Mfg. Company
P.O. Box 30, Urbana, Ohio 43078
(937) 653-5511 FAX