You are hereBlogs / WcP.Story.Teller's blog / World-record holder to attempt 30-mile non-stop scuba dive off California coast to highlight ocean crisis and save marine life

World-record holder to attempt 30-mile non-stop scuba dive off California coast to highlight ocean crisis and save marine life


By WcP.Story.Teller - Posted on 17 September 2011

Scott Cassell
Victoria filmaker Ian Hinkle will shoot undersea footage of Scott Cassell's potentially world-record non-stop dive Saturday, from Catalina Island's avalon Harbor to Los Angeles.

pollution in the oceans

(quote)

Going to great depths to save ocean life

Scott Cassell already holds the record for longest non-stop dive but is ready to break it again while trying to preserve ocean life.

On September 17, the explorer and combat/commercial diver will attempt a 30-mile (48-kilometre) non-stop SCUBA dive from Catalina Island to Los Angeles, gathering information about shark population and what the ocean actually holds, a task that only human effort can accurately collect.

“[The ocean] is where monsters dwell,” says Cassell, who has spent more than 13,000 hours under water in his lifetime, “Where man’s imagination can become reality because it truly does have the most magnificent animals to ever have existed.”

From 1,000 ft. to 3,000 ft., he will be diving through two great white shark strike zones, and an area that has been known to contain very large Mako sharks, to calculate how many sharks there are in Southern California.

Aside from sharks, other dangers Cassell is prepared to face include hypothermia, decompression sickness, extraordinary currents, equipment failure, and physical exhaustion.

For this diver, however, his safety, although important, is not top priority. “Every dive is a mission,” says Cassell. “And the mission is always first.”

Cassell considers himself a man who takes responsibility for everything in his world. In this case, that's the ocean and the animals that dwell underneath.

“If we, as humans, were to see the devastation, in chronological form, that has occurred in the ocean, as if it were on land we would be horrified,” he says.

To call this a successful dive, he says he needs to make it from point A to point B non-stop, collect observations, and report his findings.

At the end, he plans to produce a documentary and lecture series to expose this information to the public.

A Vancouver crew of producers and filmmakers has joined him in the mission, helping raise money for Cassell’s conservation work and documenting the record-breaking attempt.

Victoria filmmaker to follow diver's 50-km undersea trek - Marathon scuba dive intended to draw attention to ocean's environmental crisis

When Victoria filmmaker Ian Hinkle finishes shooting undersea footage of a scuba-diving marathon in southern California's Pacific waters that once teemed with blue sharks, it's safe to say his film won't be mistaken for Shark Night 3D.

Sure, there will be sharks and other ocean predators - and 3D cameras. They're part of an arsenal of equipment to be operated by Hinkle, media director for the Canadian social enterprise Global Reef, and his team of land and underwater photographers from near and far - uniting this weekend for a fascinating expedition and his documentary chronicling it.

But 30-Mile-Dive isn't Hollywood escapism. The film's "star" - Scott Cassell, veteran deep-sea explorer and U.S. counter-terrorism operative - will attempt a non-stop scuba dive at more than six metres deep for 50 kilometres, from Catalina Island's Avalon Harbor to Los Angeles, using state-of-the-art equipment to perform scientific experiments and convey a sobering message.

(You can track the dive's progress undersea starting Saturday at www.globalreef.org)

The goal is to draw attention to an ocean crisis that, being underwater, is conveniently out of sight, yet frighteningly real.

"That's why I joined the expedition as a filmmaker," explained Hinkle, who hails from Washington state, has a BA in film from UBC and has two decades of production experience in capacities from cinematographer to producer. Specializing in socio-political and environmental issues, he has long been attracted to adventure stories. Since making his directorial debut on The Living Coast for Discovery Channel, he has worked on several documentaries with climbers and solosailors.

But 30-Mile-Dive is about more than just a good athlete and a potentially world-record dive, Hinkle, 40, says. "He's not staying underwater for 15 hours for selfish reasons. He's an endurance athlete doing something for a greater good."

Cassell, who has logged more than 13,000 hours as an underwater explorer, combat and commercial diver, is also a U.S. Navy diving supervisor and medical technician, and holds the world record for longest non-stop dive distance - 84 km.

He says he fell in love with the ocean as a boy, and found his value in life from then on. "If we were to see the devastation that has occurred in the ocean - as if it were on land - we would be horrified," said Cassell, who is distressed by such horrors as endangered tuna populations and as millions of sharks routinely killed for fins each year. "When I see people harming it, I take that personally."

Cassell, who has been researching human endurance in salt water cooler than 20 C, said his original intention was to dive for 24 hours. He's since decided it would be safer to aim for a maximum of 20.

Hinkle will be on one of the larger expedition vessels co-ordinating the shoot as Cassell and rescue and support divers head to sea for the expedition, undertaken through the Undersea Voyager Project - a non-profit ocean exploration organization.

The ocean conservation project is co-sponsored by Luminox Swiss dive watches, Bloosee.com, Bad-Elf.com, Underwater Kinetics, Ocean Defenders Alliance and Ocean Management Research Network. The film and expedition are also being funded by grassroots donations through the crowd-sourcing site indiegogo.com.

Hinkle said it's an enormous challenge technologically. "We'll have 14 cameras and [will be] managing data while we shoot, editing some of the footage live on the boat and uploading it Saturday to Global Reef, Luminox and Facebook."

The dive is scheduled to start at 4 a.m. Saturday on Catalina Island, with Cassell hopefully reaching L.A. by 7 p.m. "Scott's going to be working a lot harder than we are, but we're going to have to stay awake," said Hinkle, laughing.

He says the story driving his film will be about a man who has led a life of military service, comes home and then wonders what he'll do from then on, ultimately choosing to raise awareness of the alarming changes he's seen in the ocean over the years.

"That's the canary in the coal mine," Hinkle said.

"The blue sharks are gone - symbols of vast changes in the oceans. And it's being replicated all over the world. All of a sudden, in our generation, they're gone and we better take notice.

The sharks are one of the things everyone's noticing, and pollution and 'ocean acidification' is another.

"We want to help get that word out and look at people like Scott and what's going on in our own backyards, and be inspired." mreid@timescolonist.com

LINKS

Official website for Canadian social enterprise Global Reef: www.globalreef.org Official website for Undersea Voyager Project: www.underseavoyagerproject.org Luminox 30-Mile-Dive minisite: www.luminox.com/diving-worldrecord/

Trailer for 30-Mile-Dive: http://vimeo.com/26593703

Undersea Explorer Aims for World Record Dive

This September, veteran deep-sea explorer and combat-diver Scott Cassell attempts a world-record, non-stop SCUBA dive from Catalina Island to Los Angeles.

It’s an extraordinary endeavor, rife with risk. But he hopes it will draw much-needed attention to an unseen ocean crisis happening around us.

Although Cassell will dive in a region historically known for large shark populations – much of it underwater and at night – sharks are not a huge fear factor for him. Towing an acoustic array to attract sharks – and with cameras rolling underwater – Cassell’s mission includes a census of the region’s top ocean predators. But he’s not particularly keen on getting attacked by one.

“I’ll be wearing my shark suit and some aluminium ankle covers, just in case,” he says.

And he’ll be doing it on deadline.

“I’ve been researching human endurance in salt water at 68 degrees, and I’m coming up with this very scary number of 21 hours, at which point I just might have a heart attack and die,” he says. “My original intent was to dive for 24 hours, but I realize now I better aim for 20.”

While Cassell prepares for his formidable dive, Global Reef gears up to document it.

“In our lifetimes, the ocean in our own backyard has fundamentally changed,” says Global Reef’s Media Director, Ian Hinkle. “Scott’s dive will show just how drastic these changes are. This is an opportunity for individuals to support an incredible project, do something positive for our oceans, and even join Scott’s expedition.”

On the weekend of September 17th, you can get involved and track his progress in the ocean, live with bloosee.com.

Watch the trailer for the documentary film: http://globalreef.org/current-projects.html

The documentary film, 30-Mile-Dive, is being funded by public backers on crowd-sourcing site indiegogo.com/30-mile-dive. Here’s how it works: backers can pledge anywhere from a buck on up; each donation level has a corresponding reward: from a ring-tone, to a copy of the film, to an excursion in a real submarine with Scott himself. The first round of crowd-funding for 30-Mile-Dive was successful, and a second round just launched for August.

Want to have an unforgettable experience as a credited member of the production team? You can do that too – for $2500. Donations are tax deductible in the United States through Cassell’s non-profit organization, Undersea Voyager Project.

Scott Cassell fell in love with the ocean as a boy. He has more than 13,000 hours as an underwater explorer, combat and commercial diver. He is a USCG qualified sub pilot, Navy diving supervisor and dive medical technician. He is a record holder for longest dive distance, 52 miles non-stop, and was the first to film a giant squid species. His credits include National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet, History Channel, Disney, BBC, Spike, and Univision. Scott is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Global Reef is a Canadian social enterprise with a mandate to create explosive, action-packed media properties that highlight the value of ocean conservation. We bring a unique team of award-winning filmmakers, underwater cinematographers, and a crew of dedicated dive professionals. Global Reef works to inspire people to think about the state of our oceans, and empowers them to act.

(unquote)

Images courtesy of Kris Krug / timescolonist.com, diver.net and gabybt.glogster.com

Contact Us

Contact Us

RSS feed

Subscribe to WcP Blog RSS feed

Twitter

WcP Blog on Twitter

Facebook

WcP Blog on Facebook

Custom Search



Archive Calendar

November 2020
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930


Random image

ThinkAhead™ Calendar "To Health of Earth" 201001-201012 (Ocean)

Poll

Search the Web

Custom Search

Featured Videos

Latest Quote

"We come from the earth.
We return to the earth.
And in between we garden."
- Author Unknown

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
- Cicero

Recent comments

Reader Reviews

  • "Great culture sharing. This is really important to show all over the world and different cultures and nature to whole world." - Anonymous (January 27, 2019)
  • "This is one of the most incredible blogs I've read in a very long time. The amount of information in here is stunning, like you practically wrote the book on the subject. Your blog is great for anyone who wants to understand this subject more. Great stuff; please keep it up!" - Anonymous (May 29, 2018)
  • "I am just happy to know about your website. It's informative and valuable for me. Thanks for sharing interesting info with us. Keep doing best in future." - Kelvin (May 28, 2018)
  • "Very good and creative website, graphics are wonderful." - Ricky (October 7, 2017)
  • "This is absolutely fantastic photography. I recommended to lovers of photography." - Christina (June 30, 2017)
  • "Your website seems to have precious gemstones on the subject of penning." - Bryce (March 29, 2017)
  • "Your articles are constantly awesome. You compose with exactness and your data is constantly precise. What's more, those two things make an article go from great to awesome! Continue distributing more extraordinary articles." - Ayesha (March 19, 2017)
  • "You are doing an amazing job." - Jake (January 4, 2017)
  • "I am an anthropology student and this site has helped me a lot to know more about the various cultures across the world. This is the reason I visit the site so often. Keep on sharing more and more posts like this. Thank you." - Anonymous (April 3, 2016)
  • "Your site is valuable. Appreciative for sharing! Awe inspiring Blog!" - Anonymous (March 16, 2016)
  • "This blog is the book which has feelings for around their lives. Will you produce intense addons." - Anonymous (January 26, 2016)
  • "Interesting quote. I have gone through different posts in this website. I could see different themed quotes and interesting posts here. I am much impressed with this website. Keep up the good work and keep sharing interesting stuff." - Howard (January 25, 2016)
  • "I was so impressed by it I felt I would reach out to you to say thank you. Great work...that's one great blog you've got there!" - Kayla (January 8, 2016)
  • "This is incredible. Finally something new. I was reading comics the whole time. This is the real fact, which I do not think anyone else has such a well written and updated blog like yours." - Zach (January 7, 2016)
  • "The Superbly defined stuff of reading, you constructed a masterpiece with your magical mind. Your writing skills are simply awesome. Great work!" - Katie (December 28, 2015)
  • "This really shows that you can still find folks that care about the things they post online. I really liked browsing the comments." - Myles (December 23, 2015)
  • "Yes i agree with the above poem that window is the world so far i have come across. Every thing comes from it. You have written in a very poetic way. Looking forward for more poems from this." - Anonymous (December 11, 2015)
  • "Every last tip of your post is incredible. You're really great to share. Keep blogging..." - Anonymous (December 8, 2015)
  • "I always take pleasure in your articles. You have a gift for discussing such stirring topics in ingenious yet amusing ways. Your posts help us realize that our troubles are typical, and we can solve them in ready to lend a hand ways..." - Angela (October 05, 2015)
  • "We all appreciate the power of words you always provide!" - Anonymous (October 05, 2015)
  • "So poetic..." - Anonymous (September 15, 2015)
  • "The method for composing is phenomenal furthermore the substance is first class. A debt of gratitude is in order for that knowledge you give the perusers!" - Anonymous (July 23, 2015)
  • "Your configuration, man...too astonishing! I cant hold up to peruse what you've got next.Thanks for your superb posting!" - Anonymous (July 16, 2015)
  • "I found myself starring at these photos. I cannot believe that I haven't seen them before, taking into account that I am mesmerized by sea and ocean as one can be by forces of nature. Thank you so much for putting them out here, because even though they were posted by such a giant as National Geographic, I still have missed them. Well, “dazed” is the exact word that describes the feeling that I felt when I first set my eyes in these photos." - Anonymous (July 14, 2015)
  • "I will check your different articles without further ado. Continuously so fascinating to visit your site. Thank you for sharing, this will help me such a great amount in my learning." - Anonymous (July 10, 2015)
  • "Extraordinary stuff, just basically astonishing! Keep it up in future. I am truly inspired by this site!" - Anonymous (July 3, 2015)
  • "I was reading your post since 2012 and you are writing so much outstanding ideas I must say you are a talented person." - William (June 29, 2015)
  • "I have never seen such amazing thoughts displayed in composing. Your author has an extremely one of a kind method for exhibiting data so as to catch the peruser's consideration." - Anonymous (June 27, 2015)
  • "Mind boggling posting! I really like the way you are sharing the exceptional tackle this subject." - Anonymous (June 25, 2015)
  • "I unquestionably appreciated all of it and I have you bookmarked your site to look at the new stuff you post in the future." - Anonymous (June 13, 2015)
  • "I was very thrilled to find this website. This is really interesting and I have recommended this site for my friends also. I had a fantastic read from this blog." - Anonymous (June 2, 2015)
  • ""The exposition seeks to discover a haven inside character and communicate gratitude for life during its peaceful and thoughtful vibe." - Micheal (May 19, 2015)
  • "Fantastic Blog! I might want to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post." - James (May 15, 2015)
  • "You are a good photographer your photography is good you click very nice shots which are very attractive and beautiful keep it up." - Ashlyn (May 5, 2015)
  • "Amazing! Great post! Wonderful pictures and well written article!" - Anonymous (March 10, 2015)
  • "Certainly worthwhile content! This is an excellent reference to spent time and gets authentic observation by reading." - Anonymous (February 12, 2015)
  • "Certainly exceptional blog! It is so wonderful content and acceptable with a clear concept. Thanks much!" - Lisa (January 13, 2015)
  • "Photography is my passion and like to learn something new about it. From your blog i have learned many things and i loved to read it thanks for sharing such a useful post" - Anonymous (January 1, 2015)
  • "Magnificent web blog! This is your superb consideration and appreciate your notion with this matter. Thanks a lot for sharing!" - Lisa (December 20, 2014)
  • "Undoubtedly enjoyed this blog! You set the subject content with exceptional abilities and a bit on the right track." - Lisa (December 17, 2014)
  • "It's an extraordinary joy perusing your post. It's loaded with data I am searching for and I want to post a remark that the substance of your post is wonderful. Thanks! :)" - Lilia (July 31, 2014)
  • "I do not even understand how I finished up right here, but I thought this to be great. I do not recognise who you are however certainly you
    are going to a famous blogger for those who are not already. Cheers!" - Gerald (July 24, 2014)
  • "Your blog is very informative. Also the images in it are beautiful!" - Anonymous (January 8, 2014)
  • "It is tempting to comment because of the amazing content on this blog. I wish I had a blog like this." - Anonymous (December 27, 2013)
  • "Thanks for trying to make the world a better place." - Anonymous (July 16, 2013)
  • "I have added to my favorites. I just found this blog and have high hopes for it to continue. I believe this really is excellent information. Most of men and women will concur with you and I ought to thank you about it. Thanks for sharing." - Anonymous (May 16, 2013)
  • "This is awesome! Your photos are perfectly taken! It captured the decisive moment. I am a fan already." - Sarah (Apr. 15, 2013)
  • "Can I just say what a relief to obtain a person who truly knows what they're talking about on the web. You certainly know easy methods to bring an issue to light and make it critical. Extra individuals must read this and comprehend this side of the story. I can't believe you're not even more well-liked considering that you absolutely have the gift." - Anonymous (Jan. 23, 2013)
  • "I wish to show my thanks to the creator of this blog. Keep contributing a good concepts and strategies. Many people will surely improve their skills by reading blogs like this." - Anonymous (Dec. 25, 2012)
  • "I really like your style but mostly your initiative. The world needs more writers like yourself." - Steve (Jan. 18, 2012)
  • "It must be very rewarding to have a long term project like this and too see the progress being made! Thanks for sharing it." - Mika (Jan. 18, 2012)
  • "This was a very eye opening video. It's made an impact on me. We're so unaware of the things that we do every day can destroy our ecosystem. The statistics are mind blogging especially the fact that 90% of big fish are gone. We need to stop this somehow. I'm going to spread this page to my mutual friends. Thanks for this." - Joseph (Jan. 15, 2012)
  • "I enjoy this blog a lot." - Liz (California, USA; Oct. 17, 2011)
  • "Keep up the good work you're doing." - Casper (Melbourne, Australia)
  • "Thanks for sharing some great content through your blog. It has been a sincere pleasure to read." - Anonymous
  • "Always fresh and fascinating." - Anonymous
  • "Cool bio[mission statement]." - Darin (California, USA)
  • "You have some beautiful images. Love your site!" - Susan (Washington DC, USA)
  • "I love your Blog." - Kate (Ireland)
  • "A great site highlighting many important issues." - Bob (New Zealand; Feb. 20, 2010)
  • "Love the images on this blog..there are some interesting articles about health I noticed...we tend to run a 50/50 risk of a heart attack...I noticed when in the USA recently everyone seemed huge..they ate massive meals...I reckon that is one cause of heart failure...just my opinion..but yeah these articles can be worrying to some folk so just heed the advice...I know I will." - Mick (The Sunshine Coast, Australia; Aug 29, 2009)
  • "Excellent blog." - Bill (Vancouver Island, Canada)
  • "Fantastic blog and educational articles, much enjoy visiting...Thank you!" - Lotus1150 (Alberta, Canada; Aug 28, 2009)
  • "Great site and awesome photos." - David (Washington DC, USA)
  • "I loved your website. Even finding some news about Turkey made me surprised." - Anonymous (Turkey)
  • "Gorgeous site ... the kind of place you could lose yourself for hours (suppose that was intentional?). Also, cartoons, commentary on the events of the times, etc. Great stuff." - Daniel (Nevada, USA; Jan. 03, 2009)
  • "...may your blog, ideas and efforts help many more people." - Anonymous (New Mexico, USA)
  • "Very cool site..." - Anonymous
  • "Amazing site, worth the visit every time... enjoy." - Sam (Saudi Arabia)
  • "Easy to read and well-designed." - Colin (Arizona, USA; Apr. 22, 2009)
  • "Unique mix of news, photos and poetry." - Frasier (Virginia, USA)
  • "Worldculturepictorial.com/blog is an extremely interesting collection of news articles. It calls itself "A Window On the World". The site contains a wide variety of topics, all very informative and pertinent to life in today's world." - Cynthia (Massachusetts, USA; Aug. 07 2008)
  • "Wow. Cool." - Christopher (Melbourne, Australia; Dec. 10 2008)
  • "An interesting way to check out the wonders of our world." - Anthony (Ohio, USA)
  • "Nice site, especially the rss icon." - Daniel (California, USA; Sep 10, 2008)
  • "Good blog - Everything from news to photography. Very informative." - "explicitmemory" (Texas, USA)
  • "Very informative site by prose and picture..." - Jeff (Michigan, USA)

AdSense unconfigured block. Click to configure.