A Brief History
Our story begins in 1983 when founder and CEO Mark Olsson needed a reliable waterproof power solution for an underwater instrument. A born problem-solver, Mark conceived, engineered, and built the original SeaBattery Power Module. Shortly thereafter, DeepSea Power & Light was founded with the goal of making battery power supplies and innovative lighting solutions for the scientific and oceanographic industry.
DSPL’s original facility; we started as a garage operation.
True to our name, our early product offerings included the SeaBattery and the SeaLite family of full ocean depth equipment. As we continued to work with the leaders in the subsea community, the need for higher intensity lighting grew. HMI lights had long been used in the studio photography business, but no one had ever designed one to operate at 4000 meters (12,000 feet) under water. We solved the problem with our 1200W HMI light to film the R.M.S. Titanic for the Imax movie Titanica. The spectacular color images of the famous shipwreck were viewed by millions around the world.
The natural next step was to develop the SeaCam product line of cameras offering compact, versatile, and rugged cameras for ROVs and industrial divers. Following that, we developed our other product lines, including diver video systems, lasers, and pressure relief valves.
In the mid to late 1990s, we leveraged our knowledge of underwater cameras and lights to develop a pipe inspection system for the plumbing industry. Soon after this product became available, we became the leading manufacturer of lateral pipe inspection equipment and with our growth we relocated into our first owner-occupied facility.
In the early 2000s, we split into two separate organizations: DeepSea Power & Light and SeekTech, now SeeScan. We continued our focus on manufacturing products for the subsea community while SeeScan maintained focus on pipe inspection and buried utility location equipment.
In 2006, our CEO and founder purchased a building a few doors down from SeeScan to create a high-tech manufacturing space to fit our unique needs. Read more about Our Facility.