Aqua Lung America (formerly U.S. Divers Company) is an American
company based in
Vista, California which makes scuba equipment. The
company is a division of Aqua Lung International, which was, for most
of its existence, a division of Air Liquide. Aqua Lung International
was sold by
Air Liquide to
Montagu Private Equity by the end of
2016. After U.S. Divers Company was renamed Aqua Lung America,
the name U.S. Divers was retained as a trademark for Aqua Lung's line
of snorkelling equipment.
The "Aqua-Lung" regulator was created by
Jacques-Yves Cousteau and
Émile Gagnan in 1943. In 1946, the company known as La
Spirotechnique (now Aqua Lung International) was established by both
men together with Jean Delorme, CEO of Air Liquide, as a division of
Air Liquide to sell the
In the United States, the
Aqua-Lung regulator was first sold in the
late 1940s by René Sporting Goods, a sporting goods store in Los
Angeles, California owned by René Bussoz. He soon obtained a contract
La Spirotechnique to import
Aqua-Lung equipment into the United
States for sale on the Pacific coast (Spaco, Inc. had the contract for
the Atlantic coast).
In 1952, Bussoz changed the name of his company to "U.S. Divers
Company" and registered the trademark
Aqua-Lung in the United States.
In 1957, Bussoz sold the company and the trade names to La
Around 2003, U.S. Divers Company was renamed
Aqua Lung America after
La Spirotechnique changed its name to Aqua Lung International. The
U.S. Divers name was maintained as a trademark for Aqua Lung's line of
^ "Aqua Lung Sold to Private Equity Firm". X-Ray Mag.
^ "Aqua Lung sold - End of an era with Aire Liquide". Scuba
Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Frédéric Dumas, Le Monde du silence,
Éditions de Paris, Paris, 1953, Dépôt légal 1er Trimestre 1954 -
Édition N° 228 - Impression N° 741 (in French)
^ "Legends of Diving: René Bussoz, Founder of U.S. Diving".
International Legends of Diving.
Aqua Lung's website
Military section of Aqua Lung's website
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