The Halcyon Story

For those of us at Halcyon, diving is more than "just another way to spend the weekend."

If you ask a Halcyon staff member why they dive, you're likely to get a variation of the response provided to us by our friend David Rhea, whose photographs grace our catalogs:

I dive because it is my life, my passion, my love.


  • It's the rush that never fails to kick in each time you slip beneath the water and draw your first breaths from the regulator.
  • It’s cobalt blue water and seeing the boat from your 180ft stop.
  • It's realizing that you know your tables by heart.
  • It's wondering if the shark was ten or 15 feet long.
  • It's when you think, I wonder if it goes... whenever you see a sinkhole.
  • It's when your dive gear costs more than your car.
  • It's about late nights with friends in Cayman, trying to remember the year of your first staged decompression dive.
  • It's when 50 degrees and ten feet of visibility sounds about right.
  • It’s knowing that no other human (besides your dive buddy) has ever seen what you have.
The dive's the thing. We make the gear that we know will make our diving better. The process begins with designing, testing, and refining; making it better in the process, never settling for "good enough." It is knowing as opposed to guessing. It's about having such high standards and expectations in how we want our products to perform that we are relentless in our pursuit of perfection.

Halcyon began as a group of divers who knew exactly what they wanted but couldn't find it in any dive store. Our passion for the dive led us to business. We started designing wings and lights to satisfy ourselves. However, we soon discovered that we were not alone in our pursuit of equipment that could radically improved the diving comfort of the newest recreational diver while also supporting the most aggressive technical dives ever completed. Our founders, as well as current owners and senior management, have a long history as diving pioneers with diverse backgrounds, ranging from academia to manufacturing and consulting. However, they share one common thread: an average of 20 years of dives in each of their logbooks.