U.s. Navy Evaluation Report Of The Safety Sea Systems – Helmax Diving Helmet For Sale
Prior to the onset of what’s commonly known as the modern era of deep sea diving, the diver was dependent on the topside crew for his very life. The topside crew and the heavy and restrictive gear that he’d just spent a lot of time getting in to were what separated him from becoming a statistic. Laced up, strapped and buckled in, it was over the side he’d go; and, more often than not, bets were placed as to his short-term future.
That all changed in the mid 60’s when Joe Savoie first showed off his idea of what a diving helmet should be… The immediate success of the Savoie helmet, brought out the competitors, and there were a lot of them. While true innovators like Ben Miller, Bob Kirby, Mike Carson, Bob Ratcliffe and other lesser knowns were vying for a portion of the market that Joe’d created; another firm, SAFETY SEA SYSTEMS introduced their new stainless steel and fiberglass helmet into the fray. Enter the Helmax.
Divinghearitage.com had this to say about it:
In the 1980-ies, George Wymer was is charge of Safety Sea Systems, Inc, from Ponchatouna, Louisiana. This company designed and produced the Helmax SS-20 diving helmet, based on an earlier invention by George, the Inner Space Systems PP-I. The design of the Helmax helmet is that of a clam shell type mask with a hinge up head protector equipped with 2 locking levers that seal a half inch thick stainless steel hood ring between the hull and the head protector. The view port is made from a polycarbonate material, TUFFAK some 3/8 inches thick. The system is intended to be used with a surface supplied umbilical, supplying the breathing gas and the communication cable. The helmet is supplied with a demand regulator allowing pressure between 80 and 250 psi over ambient pressure. The is also a free flow valve mounted on the manifold. The maximum design depth is 1000 feet.
The Helmax is made in two models, the SS-B made from Stainless Steel and the FG-B made from fibreglass. The helmets are designed to be neutrally buoyant in water. There is a high intensity Krypton lamp fitted to the top of the helmet and a waterproof microphone and two speakers fitted in the hood.
The Helmax was tested by the US Navy in 1983 and found to have a low work of breathing rate. It could be used in contaminated water with a dry suit and was suitable for diving in Nuclear pools. The design was easy for the diver to don himself and was virtually flood proof due to the unique neck dam design. The communication system was simple but effective and with neutral buoyancy and low maintenance it was a good choice for commercial divers.
I’d like this report to find a new home before my grandsons’ learn to appreciate it, and beg me to let them get their hands on it, which I would gladly do except for one thing. All three of them are highly trained magicians. It’s an amazing thing to watch, as everything, of mine, that finds its way their grubby little hands, magically and instantly, turns into a hammer, or better yet disappears completely. I just don’t want to have to explain, to the gardener, how this particular report ended up in the blades of his new mower.
This report is in amazing condition. It originally came out of one of the largest diving companies once operating in the South and primarily in The Gulf of Mexico. This company had one RAT HAT and the manual itself may be a professional recreation, as its 20 pages are printed only on one side. The information is very interesting and the report has not been cleaned; however, it appears to be in very good and highly presentable condition, considering the information in it is almost thirty years old.
This collector’s item should be given a prominent and permanent place in a high end diving equipment collection, or museum, where it can be appreciated. It’s a must have for anyone who has a Helmax, or would like to…
It’s the answer to all those Helmax questions you’ve had but didn’t know who to ask.
Look at the pictures, check what other and lessor such items are going for and I’m sure you’ll agree that this one is a bargain, and a keeper.
The photo of the yellow Helmex Helmet is just to show what kind of helmet the report was done on and is for reference only. This sale is for the report only and the helmet is not included here.
This item is a really cool piece of Deep Sea Diving memorabilia. The item presents well and would make a great addition to your collection.
The shipping USPS Priority Mail cost is for the continental U.S. only; and, the overseas shipping cost will be determined at the end of the sale.
If you need more photos, please contact me.On Jul-13-13 at 16:46:42 PDT, seller added the following information:
Where the description says: “This company had one RAT HAT and the manual itself may be a professional recreation, as its 20 pages are printed only on one side”; It should read: “This company had one Helmax Helmet and the manual itself may be a professional recreation, as its 20 pages are printed only on one side; It should read “
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