About Us - Beuchat Australia
The history of the Beuchat Company starts in 1934 in Southern France where Georges Beuchat was an avid diver.
Beuchat has a long tradition in scuba diving. For instance, Albert Falco, captain of the famous Calypso was introduced to scuba diving and to Cousteau by George Beuchat near Marseille in France.
Mr Georges Beuchat was a member of the Marseille Swimming Club in the 30's and 40's. During a swim he met a Tahitian swimmer who shared his passion for free diving, during some of their free dives together the Tahitian man showed him a typical Tahitian shaft used for spearfishing. Mr. Beuchat used this shaft as inspiration for when he developed the first modern speargun in 1947 called the “Tarzan” (he had some troubles with MGM at that time due to the name).
Another of Georges Beuchat’s infamous inventions was the design of the first isothermic wetsuit in 1953; this was invented after several winters diving in the Mediterranean. Mr Beuchat realised he could design a suit made from a particular material that would stop the wearer from getting cold. Georges Beuchat founded his company in 1934 in Marseilles at the age of 24. Georges was a true pioneer in the diving world having co-founded the French Underwater Federation and inventing countless products and technologies we take for granted today.
Some of these product inventions were: the Jetfin (1964), the Speargun (1947), the first underwater camera housing (1950), the first isothermic diving wetsuit (1953) and many others. Beuchat has not ceased in pushing the boundaries in diving technology – developing products that produce greater comfort and pleasure to use. Products like the Focea wetsuits, Powerjet Fins and Masterlift BCD’s are great examples of current Beuchat products that are leading the way.
In future Beuchat has products planned that continue to harness their history and expertise in diving – expertise built over 75 years.