This is the story of how we started in our own little garage.
Declan Burke, founding father of Anchor Dive Lights, was dabbling with homemade torches already in University, back in 2001.
At that time, halogen lamps, large batteries and heavy dive lights were the standard: ‘Big Boys Lights’. They weren’t fully reliable and the high spec torches were very expensive. So, he started designing and constructing dive lights for his own use, and for his, just as poor, fellow students. This is how new businesses start, isn’t it?
In 2005, after travelling and diving all around the globe, he started building his reputation as a dive equipment retailer and technical dive instructor in Donegal.
The introduction of LED and its reduction in torch size with increased duration was revolutionizing the market. His students found that the cheaper Chinese LED torches tended to burst beyond 50m depth and the magnetic switches were unreliable. Also, the GoPro was introduced, increasing the demand for high quality video lights. All this set him on his path to form Anchor Dive Lights in 2010.
Since then, Anchor Dive Lights has become the premium Irish dive light brand, represented in Europe, South America and Asia. Not bad for a garage start-up!