Les Gorski explains the development of the Gorski G2000SS Helmet: Building diving equipment was actually second nature to me. It began out of necessity, as a result of being a commercial diver and operating a small diving company in Eastern Europe in the early 1980’s. The idea to build my own helmet began in Poland over 30 years ago (1980). At that time the only commercial diving equipment available in that part of the world was ex-military, antiquated commercial equipment and SCUBA. Equipment from the Western market was far too expensive and difficult to acquire. As a result, there was a definite need for improved diving equipment. The options were to make do with what we had or to build our own. Many ideas were considered and several variations and adaptations to existing diving equipment took place from 1980 thru 1984, during the time that we operated our business in Eastern Europe.

In 1984, I immigrated to the United States and became involved in the diving community along the Gulf of Mexico coast and inland waters. In the beginning, I worked with available US diving equipment. However, the thought of developing and manufacturing a better helmet was always on my mind. I wanted something different, comfortable to wear, easy to breathe, modern, safe, low maintenance, and cost effective. Ideally, the helmet would be made of stainless steel and would contain component parts, i.e. valves, o-rings etc., that would be readily available, easy to assemble and easy to disassemble. From 1984 to 2003, during the course of its development, the G2000SS Helmet underwent many design modifications. It went from a hand-built, one-at-a-time, no two alike, individual helmet to a fully production-ready, able to be reproduced, CNC-programmed investment casting in stainless steel. All drawings were created using the Solid Works 3-D CAD (Computer Aided Design) program.

Since entering production in 2004 the G2000SS Helmet has been comprehensively field proven during air and mixed gas diving operations in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere in the world. It has been used extensively on construction projects, in low visibility conditions, and on dams, pipeline river crossings, intake structures, etc. It has also been tested and proven to be well adapted for use in underwater welding and burning operation due to the absence of dissimilar metals in contact with the water.

In March 2011 the Gorski company was acquired by the Aqua Lung group and the Gorski Helmet became a key product in the Aqua Lung product range. The Aqua Lung group of companies has an objective of providing equipment for the global commercial diving industry - the Gorski helmet is a strong and complementary fit with this professional diving business.At the same time Mr Les Gorski joined the Aqua Lung team as the Commercial Diving Program Manager. Les continues to coordinate the manufacturing and sales of his helmet by Aqua Lung, to work on further developments of the Gorski Helmet, and to assist with development of new products for the commercial diving industry. With special thanks to: www.gorskihat.com


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