History

The Global Family of Vintage Diving

When I decided to refocus the line, authenticity and detail were key to the new direction. While we’ve had a “historical” model, which was essentially the same as a Coronado since 2002, we didn’t have a suit that bridged the gap between our very first tunnel entry design, and our current triple seamed, pressures valved…

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Aquala and DOXA

If you’ve had a chance to view the location photos of our suits, you might notice a common element amongst all the shots. Yes, our suits share common signature features, like the “Water green” color and the round reinforcing patches, but there’s something else. That something, while standard equipment in its day, is almost non-existent…

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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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Aquala Moving Forward Toward the Past

After being at the helm of Aquala for 17 years, last February I decided it was time for a change. Not a change in a typical progressive way. No, a change in a completely regressive way. I know at first that doesn’t make sense, but given our almost 70-year history, the most logical way to move forward…

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