Donny the Diver

“Diver Dan” gets his name from the 1960’s television show of the same name. The series featured the adventures of a diver in an old-fashioned diving suit who talked to the passing fish. Our diver was purchased at auction in South Florida specifically for the Marina Store.

The diving suit was commonly used for underwater civil engineering, commercial diving, pearl shell diving and naval diving. Featuring a copper headpiece, 17-pound each weighted shoes, and a 185-pound lead belt, the canvas suit was once the traditional garb of Navy divers and ferry repairmen, allowing them to stay underwater for six to eight hours at a time.

At 7-feet-tall, Diver Dan greets Marina Store visitors and is the subject of many family photos.

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