OUR STORY RUNS DEEP
THE HISTORY OF IST
Company founded in Taiwan. Siblings Irene, Stanley and Tony Lin join together to form IST. Named after their combined initials, the company symbolized a community effort to work together toward a better future.
When IST was first established, their primary products were windsurfing boards. As more connections to the diving community began to emerge, boundless opportunities within this new market opened up. IST began manufacturing diving boots as an introduction into the scuba diving industry.IST began releasing a broader range of diving equipment, including masks, snorkels and fins. As a pioneer in the market, they produced great quality at more affordable prices, earning high praise from their new customer base.
"IST Proline" and the iconic IST dolphin logo were both established and IST continued to broaden their production of diving equipment. In the same year, the California branch was set up, marking their entrance into the U.S. diving market.
Manufactured IST's first regulator and BCD in the U.S.
Released the M37 Pegasus for cold-water and commercial diving.
Released the F12 Sea Diver rubber fin.
Opened a wetsuit manufacturing factory in China.
Partnered with Sea&Sea to open IST U.K.
Introduced the first sneaker-sole boot to the diving market.
Opened IST Germany.
Opened IST Japan.
Manufactured IST's first dive computer in Finland.
Manufactured IST's first dry suit in U.K.
Co-invented the underwater Sonic Seeker in Australia.
Collaborated with Nature's Wing to introduce the F2 Talaria fin and Pegasus F10 to the market.
Developed and patented the ProEar dive mask.
Introduced camouflage patterns and the 3-piece wetsuit.
Introduced aluminum-frame mask.
Opened Dolphin Tech and began producing technical diving equipment.
Released a broad range of commercial diving equipment under Dolphin Tech.
Developed line of freediving equipment.
Became a U.S. distributor for Submersible System (Spare Air).
Introduced side-mount BCD under Dolphin Tech.
Became a U.S. distributor for Riptide BCD line.
IST now sells to more than 121 countries worldwide.