- Published on Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:42
- Written by John Tapley
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Divers are recognized for pushing to do the impossible: When presented with a challenge, it is rare for an avid underwater adventurer to back down. And when banded together, they can accomplish relentless feats of determination and strength. Recently, a group of collegiate divers from Ohio, thirty strong, took this concentrated passion and hit an achievement right out of the global ballpark. The University of Toledo (UT) Dive Club broke an amazing diving world record on April 9: “Longest Continuous Dive in an Enclosed Environment”.
During dinner with current club President Rob Schuster, Dive Safety Officer and Instructor Clayton Moore discussed plans to give the club further recognition. In previous years, the group made strides in the local community by participating in cleanup and Discover Scuba events; Schuster and Moore strived for recognition on a global scale. “We thought: Why not break a record?” Moore explains. The two searched through numerous Guinness World Records accomplishments related to diving and chose a feat, which required perseverance from the group as a whole. The relay achievement proved to be a perfect fit.
A 330-gallon food transportation tote, donated by Syntech Products, was placed at the college’s student union section and became the instrument for the club’s success. The unique enclosure was chosen because of logistical and financial constraints, but it made modifications, such as water temperature and depth, simple to regulate. Throughout the seven-day relay, the club’s members continuously swapped places on the second to ensure their challenge would remain legit; a live online stream was produced and recorded as evidence. Cheryl Patterson of nearby dive travel vacation company Deep Blue Adventures, volunteered along with her family during the challenge. The small confines of the tote allowed only two participants at a time; each diver stayed in from one to four hours.
Initially, the club encountered a number of mishaps including a leak in the tote and water temperature and poor visibility, which caused health concerns for two divers. But the crafty college divers used their expertise and ingenuity to soldier on. As night set during the challenge, the ambient temperature brought the water to chilling degrees. With clearance from the maintenance department, the club painstakingly added hot water to the tote. And to keep the water clean, engineering students built an inventive device out of a house filter and a thumb pump. The day chocked up to a trial run and the club continued onward. Ultimately, both above and under the water, everyone played an important role.
After a much deserved break, the club received high praise and accolades from the university with a celebratory party complete with press releases and pizza for all. As for greater accomplishments down the way, Moore is passing the torch. “You never know what this club’s going to do,” he laughs. “But as for another world record break, I think I’ve had my fair share.”
Founded in 2008 by Moore, then a UT freshman, the UT Dive Club provides dive training, activities, and many local events. For more information, visit http://diveut.webs.com.