Vintage scuba is a reference to the art of scuba diving using vintage-style gear, which is generally defined at this time as equipment dating from 1975 and earlier.
Mike Nelson :: Sea Hunt star was one of a few diving pioneers that got many people interested in the sport of scuba. The 155 episodes of Sea Hunt aired from 1958-61. While enjoying the TV dramas, you will notice that Lloyd Bridges, starring as Mike Nelson, would be involved in all sorts of adventures rescuing uneducated divers and fighting crime. He also educated new divers. Some scenes have editing issues where Mike might start a dive with triple tanks, later in the same scene have a single tank on and end the scene exiting the water with doubles. Lloyd Bridges wanted to quit the series, shortly after it aired, as he wanted more emphasis on environmental issues, than the “cops and robbers” theme!!!
If you are a nostalgia “nut” like me you will enjoy the video below and the demonstration of the use of vintage scuba gear.
If you are looking to purchase vintage scuba gear, there are many websites on the net today that specialize in the selling and repairing of “older” scuba equipment.