Archive for February 2018

Becoming Aquala, Our First Dive into History

Bill Barada If you’ve had a chance to read the history section of our website, you’ll know that Aquala was the silent manufacturer for Bel-Aqua Watersports until 1959. Bel Aqua was founded by Los Angeles firefighter Bill Barada in 1950, but Bill actually created the first civilian drysuit in 1947. It took the next three…

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Aquala- Diving the Antarctic Since 1961

Aquala Stories of Exploring the Antartic by Ty Alley A few years ago, Peter Brueggeman contacted me with something that he said I might find of interest. Peter, who is now retired, was the library director for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and through contacts made there, he went to the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica,…

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