SDS utilizes a variety of different equipment depending on the type of the work being completed. We are constantly updating, maintaining, and acquiring new gear to ensure we have the tools to get the job done. 



Although standard hand tools can be used in some instances, the demanding underwater environment requires specialized and modified equipment. Equipment can range from battery powered tools for smaller/residential work to pneumatic and hydraulic powered tools for commercial applications.   


2019 brought record high water levels in the Great Lakes which has necessitated the removal of docking and other structures that has become submerged. 


Battery powered angle grinder. 


Pneumatic angle grinder for heavy duty use.


SDS uses full face masks equipped with communication units. Divers can speak to one another as well as a tender and/or customer on the surface. Communication while underwater enhances safety and efficiency while also allowing the diver to keep the customer informed of the progress/conditions of a particular job on a continual basis. 


Digital Photography

High definition digital photo/video are used during inspections to document damage and condition of hulls, props, seawalls, water intakes, aging docking, etc. Copies of all photos/videos are immediately supplied to the customer on site to allow quick assessment and diagnosis.   


Lift Bags and Recovery Gear

Commercial lift bags are used for recovery/salvage work, mooring work, pulling pilings, etc. to raise heavy items from the lake bed. Other recovery gear includes marker buoys, metal detection equipment, lights, compass, reels, and rigging to assist in performing search patterns during zero visibility conditions. 

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