Last week we introduced to you the totally awesome Exosuit, a $600,000 atmospheric diving suit, capable of taking a human 1,000 feet underwater at surface pressure. This means that the diver doesn't have to decompress and there is no need for special breathing gas mixtures, so there is no danger of decompression… »
It's human nature to look up at the stars and wonder what's out there. Becoming an astronaut and going outer space is every kid's dream. But sometimes it's more eye opening to explore what's here. Like in the ocean. Like deep underwater. Like inside alien-looking caves. It's utterly terrifying. »
In the world's oceans, human divers are as mobile as a fish out of water. So, what, you think you're going to fend off an inquisitive shark or lascivious dolphin while holding a GoPro? Not likely, but that's where the Octomask comes in. Now anybody can be a modern Jacques Cousteau and keep their hands free for… »
God help you if you have to get your PADI certification in a public pool—you're about to spend more than a few hours steeping in all sorts of fun bodily fluids. You're better off buying a plane ticket to Brussels, home of the deepest—and likely cleanest—indoor pool in the world. »
So, you want to become an aquanaut? Do you have the right stuff? What is the right stuff? Do you even know what an Aquanaut is? »
Before we had ALVIN—or proper submarines for that matter—the best way to get to the seafloor was by using a diving bell. Originally made from recycled church bells, these diving apparatuses protected their passengers from the murky depths in a bubble of air. Our friends at Oobject have assembled nine of the best.
Turns out that, aside from the drill-arm, Big Daddies aren't that far off from the real thing. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the toughest examples of deep-sea diving suits around—from da Vinci's cloth prototypes to the bell helmets made famous by countless Scooby-Doo villains.
When you're done diving… »
Why the hell would I scuba? It's dark down there. And cold. And I'm allergic to the Bends. I'd rather float along the surface with these seven luxurious snorkeling tools thankyouverymuch. »
For half a century Ray Ives has essentially lived beneath the ocean's surface as a commercial diver. He's recovered wrecks, amassed countless trinkets and forgotten undersea lore »
Decompression sickness, also known as the bends, is a bit of a mystery to doctors because it's not easy to study what's happening to human cells at super high pressures far below the sea surface. »
Only 120 diving and snorkeling permits are granted near Sipadan island each day and lately some of those have been going to folks using an old oil rig's elevator to drop right into the perfect waters. »
Imagine you're deep under the sea filming beautiful manta rays with a $5,000 camera. Out of no where one giant manta ray steals your camera and swims off with it. Sad? You bet. Until that manta ray returns your camera. »