About Us


The worldwide leader in
engineered inflatables.

Subsalve is the worldwide leader and innovator in the design and manufacture of engineered inflatables. Our underwater lift bags are specified to meet the toughest challenges in recreational, commercial, scientific, and military applications. Since 1977, we have provided solutions and expertise for aircraft recovery, ship, yacht, and boat salvage, marine construction, offshore oilfield diving, and explosive ordnance disposal.

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Our History
Subsalve USA Founded
Why Subsalve?


Not only do we focus exclusively on the design and manufacture of engineered inflatables; our credentials include formal dive experience, and more than 4 decades of hands on experience in the field. We know the challenges you face and can help you meet them.


Our products, including all components, are proudly made in the USA by skilled artisans. Every SUBSALVE product is tested prior to shipping to ensure reliable performance. You can work with our solutions with confidence.


We maintain an inventory of all standard products to ensure prompt delivery. We offer custom design services to address special needs. We are ready to respond whenever you need us.


We purchase materials in large volumes from vendors near our factory, allowing us to pass savings along to our customers. We also offer volume and prepayment discounts, and always beat competitors in quality and value.


All Subsalve products are compliant with IMCA (International Marine Construction Association) D-016-AIRBAGS, ABS, and U.S. Department of Defense Standards. All carry a one-year warranty.

The Polyurethane Difference

Subsalve is the only major lift bag brand that offers polyurethane-coated fabrics in all of our products. We use high-strength synthetic base fabrics including nylon, polyester and Kevlar coated with urethane and urethane blends. The result? Our lift bags are more puncture-, abrasion-, and chemical-resistant than other conventional inflatables. This allows for a longer service life with less maintenance required.

Give Us Your Toughest Challenge

Subsalve has a legacy of meeting tough customer challenges with innovative solutions, including custom products for specialized applications. Multiple patents attest to our expert engineering and proven products.

Subsalve Case Studies
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James Cameron’s

Deep Sea Challenger

On 26 March 2012 the Deepsea Challenger piloted by James Cameron , achieved touch down in the Mariana Trench at a depth of 35,736 ft and safely returned to the surface.

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Kokosing Industrial

Subsea Power Cables

Kokosing Industrial used custom cable floats to install subsea power cables in two projects:

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Costa Norte Salvage

Vehicle Airbag Recovery

Public Safety, Aircraft/Vehicle Airbag Recovery

Trusted by

We are proud to include the US Department of Defense, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, NASA, and the FBI on our list of satisfied and ongoing customers, as well as leading companies in the private sector and the governments of more than 30 foreign countries.

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Upcoming Events

Offshore Technology Conference
Houston, TX
Booth #10900
Special Ops Forces Int. Conf.
Tampa, FL
Booth # 1904
Warrior Expo West
San Diego, CA
San Diego Convention Center
Warrior Expo East
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Diving Equip. Marketing. Assoc.
New Orleans, LA
Booth #2041
International Workboat Show
New Orleans, LA
Ernest Morial Convention Center

Innovators in bouyancy and engineered inflatables

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Get in touch

Let us help you find the optimal solution to your application challenge. Contact us using any of the methods below, and our expert team will work with you to find and deliver the Engineered Inflatables and accessories that are applicable to your specific need.