SANTI history begins with a need, a dream, an idea for improvement and crossing the boundaries. It came from belief in own possibilities, in what could be achieved thanks to friends and people who trust us. We were confident it is possible to create something better, something that people really need. With this belief we have achieved a great success.
The SANTI legend emerged from passion, engagement, consequence and methodology. The rest comes itself.
All SANTI products were created by divers and for divers, thinking about their needs. Each smallest detail in SANTI products has a functional reason and keeps the highest possible quality standards. We never forget about design, research and development.
SANTI brand is a warranty of highest quality and safety for those who want to go further in their diving experience, who seek best protection and functionality. Divers all over the word, from California and Florida coasts to Korea and Australia appreciate all SANTI features and experience which was involved in development of products which the best divers use today.
We have new proofs every day: great team of brand ambassadors, appreciations from users, strong support from dealers, international market coverage, high attention of experienced and acknowledged diving organizations and professional institutions, who use diving equipment in everyday work.
Our mission is to support all divers so that diving would be the most pleasant, easy and safe.
Do you want to know our secret? Whole production is done in our headquarters production facility – we know best how to produce SANTI. We talk about new ideas, needs and challenges every day. Our team looks after production quality and customer support. We work to be better every day. SANTI suits are created with tailor precision – each is individually cut, glued and tested. Each suit is done thinking about its user. Today, even though we are a big brand company, we still keep the procedures and way of working of a manufacturer. The basic rule is that the suits have to be WELL FITTED, FUNCTIONAL, WARM AND DRY!
We always try to be close to divers – you can meet us on diving trade shows, common diving events, demo days that we organize together with our dealers and distributors. You can always visit us at our headquarters, where everyone is always welcome. Our service department will help to keep you suits in the best shape, answer all your questions and fulfill your expectations. Divers are our priority.
We are here for you, so no matter how deep you are, extend your limits and stay dry with SANTI.
Diving was the beginning.
Tomek Stachura the founder of SANTI is a diver with over 30 years’ experience. About 1980, being already fully into diving, he started the best equipment search, which was not so easy at that time in Poland. The best he could do was to obtain neoprene scraps and that was a small miracle at that time. Knowing that a drysuit needs to be snug to the body and at the same time not to restrict movement, he wanted not to waste precious materials so the prototypes were made from cotton bed sheets. After tests and final construction he became proud owner of the first drysuit amongst his diving friends.
After some years of diving, expeditions, new experiences and testing equipment Tomasz was still not able to find the exact equipment he needs for his diving comfort. The undersuits were too thin, the drysuits were not comfortable. It was too cold.
The fact that at the same time Tomasz was owning and developing a thriving apparel production company allowed to invest time and efforts to develop a new product, which would connect his passion and business experience – in 2001 the prototype of BZ400 SANTI undersuit was born.
Right away he noticed that the new undersuit was much warmer than anything he had tried previously. It will be hundreds of test dives in many extreme environments and tens of changes and improvements before it was ready. In that process, his dive partners asked for the undersuits and their friends did the same. With a vast pool of divers, Tomasz was willing to listen to their input about the EXTREME 400 UNDERSUIT and now it has become the leading product in new the SANTI Diving division.
Tomasz a well-known diver became the best ambassador of the product. Soon divers all over the world were able to appreciate the BZ400 undersuits values. The market interest lead to further development, new ideas and new undersuit models.
Success at hand
By 2004 SANTI team initiated development of the new Drysuit production. The main challenge was to find best solution for the suits to be safe and dry. The work began. Tomasz and his key SANTI employees realized right away that the new Drysuit production would be a major challenge. Undaunted the preparations went on with the first design stage, then prototypes were made from rubberized material so not to waste expensive trilaminate.
At this stage parameters were set for durability and fit with a full range of motion and the most important feature; ONE MUST STAY DRY. Then on to the building service department to repair any problems arising with existing suits. With this valuable experience, emphasis was directed to the development of innovative solutions to avoid these problems and a need for certain repairs all together. Lastly, equipping leading Polish and European divers and a few friends with new suits and putting them through a rigorous testing schedule (they just went diving – a lot). Feedback after the testing was immense, the whole company geared up to listen and to sort through all their suggestion from the diving leaders to the novice divers alike.
Approach of the diver-manufacturer interaction has proven to be a valuable key to the SANTI Diving success in the market place. That said; let us not forget the dedication of the entire workforce behind the products, the skills of master craftsman and the artist tailors with decades of experience. Job satisfaction, financial rewards and a customer appreciation followed with each unit being sold. Tomasz insists on being “diver first and businessman later” and he gives complete attention to each and every comment he receives from the sales.
Since mid-2009 when SANTI Diving Division has started to develop even more, Thomas approached his friend Jakub Szelągowski to help him manage the growing company and to become his business partner.Thanks to Jacobs vast management skills and experience in apparel industry, the company was driven to become a professional and well organized structure. Since then the company has been growing and recruiting other experienced and dedicated staff to develop customer service, market coverage and best sales practice. Actually since that moment SANTI has started to evolve from a producer to strong brand company.
Today SANTI is an international company producing diving equipment with distribution structure in 11 countries and thriving direct dealers network. Our brand works around the globe, wherever you can dive and where divers buy their equipment, from Mexico to Egypt, from Australia to China. Aside from the drysuits, the best diving undersuits, hoods and after dive clothing collection are being produced. At SANTI we offer a wide range of complementary items for divers : innovative underwater heating systems, flashlights, valves, gloves and thermal underwear. For the last couple of years SANTI supplied the market with few thousand drysuits and several thousand undersuits. The company gained high position among the biggest providers of the technical diving drysuits in the world. SANTI is a confirmation of the rule that the best way for a company development is to connect passion and business.