About Us

Typhoon was founded 70 years ago by Oscar Gugen. After the second world war Oscar came to England and started up E.T Skinner and also a club for divers which became the British Sub Aqua Club, this grew to become the largest diving club in the world.

E.T Skinner was the first company in the UK to make wetsuits and became the market leaders in diving and sailing equipment. In the 1970’s the name was changed to Typhoon and a factory was built in Redcar where the company still operates today.

In 1976 Typhoon developed the first lightweight drysuit. In 1992 Typhoon designed a revolutionary new suit using Clotex a soft polyester trilaminate fabric alongside other breathable materials, which is now standard for most surface drysuits, making Typhoon suits the most comfortable yet toughest drysuits available.

Today Typhoon is the world’s largest manufacturer of drysuits and a key player in the diving and watersports markets with products specifically designed for all its key leisure markets: diving, sailing, surfing, kayaking, water skiing/boarding and other watersports. Where Typhoon does not have the capability to manufacture the products then leading brands are sourced and distributed into the UK and Europe such as Body Glove and Sherwood.

Typhoon’s head office in Redcar provides a full after sales service which also includes repairs and servicing, we can also customise products to individual requirements such as made-to-measure drysuits or adding extras from pockets to custom zips and logos. As part of the 3Si Group of companies Typhoon can provide a complete range of marine safety products.

Typhoon’s reputation is based on quality, which is crucial when you are supplying lifesaving equipment. All of our drysuits and lifejackets are made to the highest standards and each one is pressure tested before despatch and it goes without saying that they are made to relevant CE and ISO9000 standards. Our track record of supplying military organisations and RNLI continuously for over 30 years shows the level of quality we produce and so we were the first to give our main products (drysuits,wetsuits and lifejackets) a three year warranty on workmanship.

Typhoon supply all the major military markets around the globe and also commercial customers such as the RNLI, British waterways, Environment Agency, major oil companies as well as recreational users in the diving and leisure markets. High profile users of our drysuits range from Richard Branson, Tony Blair, James Bond and his co-stars to the Antarctic Survey and the SAS and if our suits are good enough for them then we hope they will be good enough for you.