Historic Diving and Diving Equipment

Historic Diving and Diving Equipment

Kevin Patience

Kevin Patience is a member of the Historical Diving Association.

He will be giving a presenting on the history of diving and diving equipment.

It will be in The One Leisure Café on Sunday 15th December 2019 Commencing at 1930 to 2030

All members are invited to attend to listen to this interesting topic of diving with hard hats and marine salvage

There will be light refreshments provided

A small charge of £2.00 

Growing up in Kenya Kevin learnt to dive in the Royal Air Force. A Malta posting introduced him to many historical aircraft and shipwrecks.

On leaving the service he completed a commercial diving course. Kevin returned to Mombasa. Salvage operations being his primary activity on the Kenya coast.

Kevin’s History

In 1976 he published his first book on East African railway history and in 1977 became a commercial diver in the Arabian Gulf. Based in Bahrain he later established a marine salvage company.

In 1982 he was appointed MD of a Kenya diving company in Mombasa. Kevin’s responsibilities included operations in East Africa. Later he returned to Bahrain and established a new diving company with contracts throughout the Gulf and East Africa.

As part of his interest in military history he was involved in the restoration of British forces graves in Bahrain.

A specific achievement was the recovery at sea of a propeller from a crashed Air France airliner. Later used as a memorial to those killed.

The memorial was honoured by the French Government.

Recent Years

In the 1990s he published a number of books on the military and transport history of East Africa.

An acclaimed study of the German cruiser ‘Königsberg’ sunk in East Africa in 1915. Later writing articles for a variety of aviation, medal and railway journals.

In recent years he co-organised steam train safaris in East Africa. Leading World War 1 battlefield tours in Kenyan.

Kevin now is resident in the UK. Writing and research continues, together with presentations on a variety of related subjects.

Historic Diving Suit

Under normal circumstances we meet on Sunday nights at One Leisure St Ives (the St. Ives Recreation Centre), with theory lessons starting at 6:30PM and the pool is available exclusively for our training from 8:15PM. One Leisure St Ives Recreation Centre Westwood Road, St. Ives Cambs. PE27 6WU.  

Due to Covid 19 we have suspended all Pool training and Try Dive activities.

St Ives Sub Aqua Club is affiliated with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club)

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