In 1982 the company's founder, the late Dennis Walker, was involved in the flooring and furnishing business; mainly engaged in local government contract work, which at the time was a declining industry due to government spending cut backs. He had an interest in water sports and after some research turned to making wet suits in an effort to provide continued employment for his staff and small factory located above his carpet shop in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. From these humble beginnings, Dennis soon recognised a niche in the diving world and Beaver soon became firmly established as a major global player in the SCUBA diving industry.
Martin Walker became Managing Director in 1987. Martin has been involved in his father’s various ventures from a young age and has gradually developed and transformed the company into today’s hi-tech market leader. He also continued his father’s love of diving by training as a BSAC Dive Leader and a PADI Rescue Diver which has helped him develop a vast knowledge of the industry and firm understanding of the requirements of the discerning diver. Customer service has always been the main priority; this has been maintained by supplying the highest quality diving equipment, supported by the highest level of customer care.