After more than 40 years of leadership in the SCUBA industry Bob Hollis has decided to step down as CEO of Oceanic, AERIS, LavaCore & Oceanpro but remain Chairman of the Board of AUP.
AERIS believes all divers, whether they dive once-a-day or once-a-year, deserve high performance gear that is effortless to use. Our designers and engineers value real solutions over trends, working constantly to unite the best of past and present technologies.
The results are exceptional diving tools. Since 1998, AERIS products have been recognized by dive pros for outstanding performance and embraced by new divers for user-friendly features and intuitive operation.
Any diver can dive AERIS, and AERIS can handle any dive...
AUP founder and CEO Bob Hollis took up scuba diving in the late 1950’s when recreational diving was still in its infancy. His love for diving soon led to a keen interest in underwater photography, a hobby that required him to create his own specialized equipment. With a degree in mechanical engineering, it was natural for Hollis to start designing and manufacturing underwater camera and strobe housings in the machine shop behind the Anchor Shack, the retail sporting goods store he’d opened in Hayward, California in 1965. Before long, divers and others were asking Hollis to make equipment for them, and a successful mail order business was begun.
In 1972, Hollis founded American Underwater Products, doing business as Oceanic. The company started out with a dozen diving products, including the Anchor Shack’s photo line. After four years, Hollis took a big leap forward when he acquired Farallon, a manufacturer in nearby Belmont. That acquisition instantly gave Oceanic a full line of diving equipment, with an innovative line of instrumentation products. “I saw digital instrumentation as the key to the future of diving,” explains Hollis. “Divers need to quickly and accurately calculate many variables, such as their depth, safe dive times, and decompression requirements to avoid the bends.” After the acquisition, Oceanic went to work researching and developing radically new instruments. In 1981, the company introduced the DataMax, the first mechanical depth gauge with automatic digital timer. The product was an instant hit and propelled Oceanic to the forefront of dive equipment suppliers.
In the early 1980s, Hollis helped introduce the concept of an electronic dive computer to the industry. These sophisticated instruments track, calculate, and display a wealth of critical information for divers, including dive time and depth, ascent rate, air consumption, nitrogen absorption, and other essential information needed to dive safely. The dive computer revolutionized diving safety and is considered a mandatory piece of equipment for all divers.
To build products that continue to revolutionize diving, Hollis has created several sister companies under the American Underwater Products family:
American Underwater Products (AUP) worldwide headquarters in San Leandro, California is a 120,000 square foot building that houses one of the most innovative and technologically advanced life-support equipment manufacturing facilities in the world. AUP’s team of engineers, product designers, and manufacturing experts is dedicated to the philosophy of excellence. One distinguishing attribute that separates AUP from other manufacturers is the commitment to vertical integration. The vast majority of our products are designed, developed, manufactured, and tested in our own facilities. NO other dive company can make that statement.
Oceanic’s innovative diving products are sold through more than 600 U.S. dive retailers and worldwide through more than 25 international distributors and AUP’s own affiliate companies in Australia, Singapore, Japan, England, Germany, and Italy.
With its own line of innovative, yet value priced products sold in over 400 stores in the US and worldwide, AERIS has become recognized as a leader in the recreational scuba diving market.
Equipment designed to accommodate the beginning sport diver to the exploratory technical diver, using the most cutting edge materials and proven technologies for any condition.
Developed by watersports professionals, Lavacore is a complete range of exposure protection products designed not only for the dive industry, but numerous other water based activities.
OceanPro offers a wide range of snorkeling gear available to the dive retailer to meet the individual needs of casual snorkelers of all ages.
Pelagic Pressure Systems is a leading OEM (original equipment manufacturer) supplier of mechanical and digital pressure sensing instruments to the recreational scuba industry, life-support industry, military, and industrial safety industry.
2002 Design is dedicated to the design, prototyping, testing, and technical documentation of all products produced by American Underwater Products.
American Underwater Products is committed to the preservation of our oceans and supports outreach and awareness programs that develop an understanding of the oceans' importance to life on earth, the fragility of marine ecosystems, the damage done by pollution, and the threat of overfishing.
American Underwater Products produces innovative products of the highest quality, manufactured in an environmentally sustainable manner that meets or exceeds our customer’s expectations and regulatory requirements, while continually improving products and our Quality Management System.