Diver Operated Dredge

This diver-operated dredge pump can be electric or hydraulic-powered. Run 1, 2, or 3 simultaneous dive operators at once. Call about your specific dredging project so we can match your job to the right EDDY Pump equipment.


Submersible Diver Operated Dredge System.

Our Diver Operated Dredge design is the perfect tool for dredging in challenging environments, such as narrow channels, shallow waters, and high-solids applications. It features a highly efficient, non-clogging design that allows it to handle large volumes of abrasive materials, such as sand, gravel, and debris, with ease.

One of the main benefits of this dredge pump is that it is diver operated. This means that it can be easily deployed and operated by a diver, making it versatile, mobile and extremely efficient. The diver can maneuver the pump, ensuring precise dredging and minimizing the amount of material handled, which helps in reducing the environmental impact.

Units can be powered electrically or hydraulically.  One system can allow one, two or three suction hoses and divers to operate simultaneously.


Over 300-ft of a suction hose can be added to the suction inlet of the diver-operated dredge pump, providing increased versatility not commonly found in conventional diver-operated dredges. This allows for ease of mobility into pipelines and other hard to reach areas for difficult and precise dredging applications. With the EDDY Pump Diver Operated Dredge, you do not need booster pumps as you can easily pump material over 2500-ft.

Our EDDY Diver Operated Dredge Pump is built to last, using only the highest-quality materials and construction. It is also easy to maintain and service, so you can spend more time dredging and less time dealing with downtime.

Video: 4-Inch Diver Operated EDDY Pump Dredge, transporting sand at a project in Mexico.

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Diver Dredge Overview

  • 4-in and 6-inch Diver Dredges are most common
  • Pump Up to 40-60% solids
  • Run one, two, or three divers simultaneously
  • Over 300-ft of suction hose
  • Pumping distances of over 2500-ft
  • Electric or Hydraulic power options

Diver Operated Dredge
Features and Benefits

EDDY Pump Advantages

  • Non-Clog, High Viscosity, High Specific Gravity, High Abrasives, Low pH Pumping Design
  • 40-70% Solids Pumping by Volume
  • Ability to pump objects up to 4 – 5 inches in diameter with 6-in unit
  • 100% American Built
  • State-of-the-Art Research and Development Facilities on site
  • Easily process rags, string, rocks and foreign objects


  • 1500-1800 GPM (Up to 150 yd3 per hour with 6in unit)
  • Hydraulic or Electric Driven Options
  • Operate with 1, 2 or 3 Divers
  • Multi Diver Suction Capability (One pump utilizing one, two  or three suction hoses)
  • Dredging Depths of up to 80ft

Pump Features

  • Non-Clogging Design
  • High Solids Handling
  • High Viscosity and Specific Gravity Handling
  • High Abrasives Handling
  • No Critical Tolerances
  • Low Maintenance
  • Minimal Downtime
  • Low Ownership Costs

Hydraulic Diver Base Unit


Electric Diver Base Unit


All EDDY Pump dredges and diver operated dredge units use our patented USA Built industrial pumps.

The core of this design is the patented EDDY Pump technology. The design redefines the pumping industry by being the only pump that utilizes the principles of a tornado to create a synchronized eddy current. This pump is not a centrifugal, positive displacement or vortex pump, but instead the most efficient high solids and high specific gravity pump on the market. This translates to the ability to pump higher percent solids of material with less water.

With references from Discovery Channel’s Bering Sea Gold talking of the Subdredge, “There are truly no limits for this Subdredge”.   After 4-weeks of operation under the 5-foot thick ice of Nome, Alaska, the Subdredge can truly be seen as the new wave of the future in underwater gold mining and will soon be seen by millions on the Discovery Channel! The same can be said for the Diver Operated Dredge that uses the same pump.

EDDY Pumps power all of the equipment in our lineup. The diver unit in most cases is a modified Excavator Attachment Pump setup with a new head unit for dive dredging. This provides your operation with a tool that can be used for multiple applications at a job site. Call for information.

To learn more about the technology behind our pumps continue reading more HERE.

The Best Non-Clog and High Solids Industrial Pump on the Market. Since 1984.

Best Applications: If you are pumping high solids, slurry, extremely viscous material, high abrasives (sand & gravel) and material filled with solids then you found the ideal pump for your job.

Industries Most Served: Mining, Oil and Fracking, Waste Water, Paper/Pulp, Chemical, Energy, Water Districts, Irrigation Districts and Dredging Companies. 

Diver Dredge Photos

Dredge Suction Hose Tip

Recent Testimonial

We used both the electric and hydraulic style pumps for diver-assisted dredging. Both pumps operated continuously for over 45 days at 10+ hours a day with no problems at all.

dual-diver-dredgeThe only issue we had was a large fishing net wrapped around the impeller. Although it was making one hell of a racket, the pump never lost production. We are extremely happy with the pumps and the service provided by Eddy. A must-purchase for any diver-assisted dredging products.

Customer review on Google Reviews, 2018

Justin G.

Project Manager, BAE Systems

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Diver Operated Dredge?

A Diver-Operated Dredger is a portable underwater dredging device operated by a diver. It is typically used for small-scale dredging operations in areas that are difficult to access or where using larger equipment is not feasible.

How does a Diver Operated Dredge work?

A Diver-Operated Dredger uses a suction hose and pumps to remove sediment, debris, and other materials from the bottom of a body of water. The diver directs the suction hose to the areas that need to be dredged, and the material is then pumped to a designated disposal area.

What are the typical applications of a Diver Operated Dredge?

Diver-operated dredges are commonly used for cleaning ponds, removing sediment from boat docks and marinas, dredging small channels, and performing underwater maintenance and repair work.

What are the advantages of using a Diver Operated Dredge?

The main advantages of using a Diver Operated Dredge include its portability, ability to access hard-to-reach areas, and minimal environmental impact compared to larger dredging equipment.

Are there any limitations to using a Diver Operated Dredge?

The limitations of a Diver Operated Dredge include its limited dredging depth and capacity, dependence on diver skill and experience, and potential safety risks associated with underwater operations.

What safety precautions should be taken when using a Diver Operated Dredge?

Safety precautions for using a Diver diver-operated dredge include ensuring that the diver is properly trained and certified, using appropriate safety gear and equipment, maintaining clear communication between the diver and surface support team, and adhering to all local regulations and guidelines for underwater operations.

How is the dredged material disposed of?

The disposal of dredged material depends on its composition and local regulations. It can be disposed of in designated disposal sites, used for land reclamation, or treated and recycled if possible.

Can a Diver Operated Dredge be used in saltwater environments?

Yes, a Diver Operated Dredge can be used in fresh and saltwater environments. However, it is essential to ensure that the materials used in the dredge are corrosion-resistant and suitable for use in saltwater.

How is a Diver Operated Dredge maintained?

Maintenance of a Diver-operated Dredge typically involves regular cleaning and inspection of the suction hose, pump, and other components and timely repairs and replacements as needed to ensure optimal performance.

Where can I purchase or rent a Diver Operated Dredge?

Diver-operated dredges can be purchased or rented from specialized equipment suppliers or manufacturers. Choosing a reputable supplier and ensuring that the equipment meets your needs and requirements is important.