Is it a man? Is it a plane? No, it’s wild a wacky scuba diver.
In the world of scuba diving, there are those who like to push the limits – some in pursuit of science and some who are just chasing a record for the fun of it. Here are some of my favourites.
72 Australian scuba divers hold the world record for ironing underwater. Yes, you read that right. They took their shirts and linens into 10ft of less than clear water and set up their ironing boards. Using irons that had had their electrical cords removed (for safety issues) the group pressed the drip dry shirts and found their way into the Guinness Book of Records.
Yet another Australian, this time a marine biologist, spent 13 days living fifteen feet undewater in a capsule. He rode a bicycle to provide electricity, and urinated on algae to provide air. This was done in an effort to experiment with a few ideas science had for the possibility of living underwater and being self-sustaining. This all took place in a BioSub that was just 6 foot high and 10 foot wide.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Port Vila in Vanuatu, be sure to visit the world’s first and only underwater post office. Postal workers don diving gear to sell postcards that are waterproof, and they even have an underwater franking machine to emboss the plastic coated postcards. It is open 1 -2 hours per day, depending on how busy it gets.
Ever wished you could dine underwater? Well 500 people did just that to raise money and to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. This was a formal sit down affair that happened in a suburb of London, England. In 20 sessions, 500 people were served a three course meal. Each meal consisted of just one mouthful of food which, to prevent disintegration under the water, was encased in a clear jelly. Each participant had to sign a lengthy health waiver and take lessons on how to eat while under the water.
Would you believe a there is such a thing as a diving barber? He has set a new world record for cutting hair underwater. David Rae, managed to cut the hair of 33 people in one hour, breaking the old Guinness Book of World Records mark of 11 haircuts in 60 minutes. It was all done at the bottom of a pool in London, England as part of a charity fundraising event. Incidentally, if you check out my Facebook page you will find photo´s of me getting a hair cut on my boat with a whale breaching in the background!
My scuba club in England had regular games nights, including underwater monopoly, chequers and chess. I often take salsa classes, and think underwater dancing could be a fun thing to do on the up and coming cold winter nights. I am English with Australian roots, therefore slighty crazy! Anyone care to join me?