As the world population became increasingly more prosperous in the eighteenth century the pearl hunting industry became more beneficial. Demand for the precious white, and the even more precious black pearl, sky-rocketed and less hazardous ways of pearl hunting were introduced.

Although the pearling industry offered great potential wealth, it was physically very dangerous for the divers to find the oysters in which, over a period of years and years, the pearls take form. Pearl-hunters remain below the surface for nearly a minute and a half, and descend about 30 times a day, often to depth’s of 14 fathoms. Compressed-air was not yet known and their equipment was consisting of mainly improvised home appliances; each diver wore a clip like a clothes-peg to close his nostrils, a small knife enabled him to (wrench) the shells from the coral-reef, he descended with a rope attached to his waist belt, which had a stone weight attached to it to submerge even more rapidly. The rope was used as life-line to draw, the pearl-hunter, back up when he gave the signal to his comrade on the boat.

Due to the effects of salty water on leather, the waist belt, used as part of the equipment, wore off too easily and as a consequence brought the pearl-hunter into unnecessary risks during unexpected moments.
To eliminate this, and other, risks of this dangerous and hazardous profession, a waist-belt was created which does not wear-off in salty water, has an easy buckle system, does not scratch the skin and has a torsion strength of more than 150 kg which prevents it from breaking under extreme conditions.

After having used this belt for years and years and after having experienced the trustworthiness of them in the field, a more commercial design was created in the early spring of 2006.

The first FEDABOA® was born…

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