Duration 13 minutes 20 seconds
In 1986 John Womack Senior decided to set up Otter Watersports and Divers Warehouse in Bradford. We visit the family run firm in the former textile industry city of Bradford, North England and speak to founder John senior about drysuits.
He tells us how he started making them, how to care for them and how they are handmade by his staff from cardboard patterns, some of which are over two decades old.
Otters reputation for quality and service means that their suits have been used on many major world diving expeditions over the years, and are in regular use by many nations military and commercial divers.
Otter Watersports began in the upstairs room of an old mill and within two years had expanded, taking over the entire building. Within only five years Otter Watersports relocated into an old refurbished Wool mill, but again they outgrew the premises and desperately needed more space. They are now in an old Chapel which was originally built in 1816 and throughout it’s colourful history has been involved with the wool and textile industry and then was used for heavy industrial work. The property was then half demolished for proposed plan’s of being a dance hall, but alas, these plans never came to fruition and the property then spent the next twelve years as a derelict wreck. Otter acquired the site at the end of 2001.
In 2012 John Senior decided to semi-retire and sold Divers Warehouse to southern-based Company Lodge Scuba, so he could now have more time to create and perfect Otter Drysuits, Undersuits & Base Layers and to go diving, leaving son John, to manage the day to day running of Otter Watersports.
For more information on their range of drysuits and dive clothing, visit their website Otter Dry Suits.
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