Saturday, 5 September 2009

The Morning After the Night Before

So, we're all in recovery - the support staff are tired out while Sean is surprisingly lively and full of beans - only natural after a successful session, I suppose. We made some great progress and Sean's staying power can no longer be doubted in any sense - His pee valve broke during the first cylinder change but he just stayed down - stinky but victorious!

Sean swapped between normal masks and his Full Face mask, practicing for the hours when fatigue may be a threat. Deliveries of snacks and drinks were made as twinsets were delivered, and the support staff rested and relaxed between shifts with some pizza and Apocalypse Now (with a soundtrack that would keep anyone wide awake over a long night!)

There were some pretty funny conversations recorded on the pages of his underwater notepad, alongside the technical details and logging - all to be kept for prosperity of course!

Customer Andy joined us on one of the change over visits as part of his Night Diver course and said that it was a slightly surreal but really interesting event to be party to!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Record Breaking Practice in Progress!

Sean McGahern is in the water RIGHT NOW outside of Divewise and Dragonara house reef.
This is a biggie, an over-night stay if all runs smoothly. He's all set with gatorade for easy-squeeze re hydration and the ever-loved cheese triangles for nutrition and calories (without bathroom build up!). Sean is diving on 25% as this is deemed from experiment and practice to be the optimum mix to reduce nitrogen loading without too much Oxygen backing up in Sean's system.

Sean entered the water at 14:17 and we're due to send a replacement set down to him in a little over an hour. Obviously we deliver it far earlier than needed in case of emergency, make sure that the switch goes smoothly and then return the used twinset for queuing in a long line of Guinness World Record reserved twinsets at the filling station.

Tonight Divewise will be running night dive courses and pleasure night dives, with the added pleasure of dropping in on Sean and keeping him amused on his long stay.

Good Luck Sean!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Kitting Up

Sean is in the water once again, this time a shorter session testing out equipment. Sponsors have been incredibly generous and everything seems to be working splendidly. For those of you who like a bit of fine detail, we've listed some of the types of equipment that Sean is using...

Bouyancy = Divesystem Tec Wing
Regulators = Aqualung Legends
Thermal Protection = Bare Dry suit (with Pee valve!)
Accessories = Aqualung Hoods and Gloves
Fins = Aqualung Slingshots
Mask = Aqualung Infinity and Micromasks being tried out.
Computing = Uwatec Galileo

We're now starting a particularly intensive phase where Sean will be pulling several over night training sessions. Best of Luck Sean!