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August 6, 2013

It is hard to believe that we are into August already.  The visibility has improved in area lakes.

We have a class starting Aug. 12 in Staples.  We are holding off on the class in DL as they are still working on the pool. Hopefully it will be ready within the next week.

We are heading for ND next weekend to spear fish and still have an opening for any one that would like to go along.  Most of you have finished your open waters but for those that have not please contact the dive center to set up your dives.


Update: July 30, 2013
As of 11:15 am Jerry hall has been scuba diving 71 hours and 4 minutes in the 80+ degree water of South Holston Lake in Bristol, Tennessee. Sponsored by Diversco USA, Inc., Jerry is diving using Sherwood Oasis regulators, an Avid BCD and Akona wetsuit, hood and Gloves.
Jerry is feeling much better and warmer than on previous duration dives in 2002 and 2004. On this dive he is using an Akona Quantum Stretch 7 mm wetsuit. The comfortable fit provided by our four-way stretch nylon weave allows better circulation keep to the hands and feet warm and to prevent cramps.
The hydrating effect of the Sherwood Oasis regulator is preserving Jerry
' s body mass by reducing dehydration through respiration. Jerry lost 20 pounds in 5 days on the last dive, mostly water wieght.
Jerry is sleeping for extended periods on this dive as he is more comfortable, warmer and hydrated. On previous dives he only slept for an hour or two at a time. Here is a shot of Jerry. Jerry has about 6 Akona, Genesis and Sherwood masks that he wears in rotation to reduce skin irritation.
Jerry communicates with a slate to the surface and has thanked us several times for the awesome gear that is keeping him safe and warm.


February 11, 2013                                               

BRISTOL, TN – Bristol, Tennessee, resident and Guinness World Record holder, Jerry Hall, announced today that he will set a new record in the waters of East Tennessee while raising money for a children ' s charity.

Since his first world record dive in 2002, Hall has set two consecutive world records for the longest underwater scuba dive. He held that record for nearly a decade until a Groveland, Florida, resident broke his record in 2011. Allen Sherrod spent 120 hours and 14 minutes underwater, breaking Hall ' s record by a mere 13 minutes. This summer, Hall says he will return the record to Tennessee by spending five days underwater at Lake View Dock on South Holston Lake.

“ This time we ' re going to put the record to rest, ” said Hall, who will be supported by a well-trained team of certified divers and emergency personnel. “ We ' ve learned a lot from the last two dives that we can take back with us on the next attempt. We are absolutely confident we can set a record that will stand for a very long time. ”

For five days, Hall will eat every meal and even sleep under approximately 20 feet of water. His team will work with him regularly to help him maintain good physical and mental condition, while keeping a steady supply of food, water, and most importantly, air, coming from the surface. To pass the time, Hall will play board games, read a book on a special water-proof iPad, and visit with friends and family who are also certified divers.

“ It ' s definitely a team effort. One person couldn ' t do this on their own, ” said Hall, who is a volunteer member of the Kingsport Life Saving Crew's Dive Team as are many other members of his team. “ We are pushing the boundaries of the human body and without the benefit of trained divers and paramedics it would be too dangerous. ”

According to Jim Bean, who served as Hall ' s dive captain in 2004 and again for this year ' s dive, "safety is our top priority".

Hall's team is primarily comprised of the same experienced and trained members from the 2004 record breaking event. “ Every member of the team has undergone intense physical training and practiced safety procedures, ” said Bean. “ Together we are planning and training for every possible scenario. ”

When Hall set his long-standing record in 2004 of 120 hours and 1 minute, he also raised several thousand dollars for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities through sponsorships, donations, and a post-dive auction. This time he is raising money for Speedway Children ' s Charities.

(I wonder how many times he has peed in his suit.)

Here are some kid's view on the Oceans.

The Ocean – ALL you Need to Know!!

Children Writing About the Ocean….

1) - This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly, age 6)

2) - Oysters' balls are called pearls. (Jerry, age 6)

3) - If you are surrounded by ocean, you are an island. If you don't have ocean all round you, you are incontinent. (Mike, age 7

4) - Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She's not my friend any more. (Kylie, age 6)

5) - A dolphin breaths through an asshole on the top of its head.   (Billy, age 8)

6) - My uncle goes out in his boat with 2 other men and a woman and pots and comes back with crabs. (Millie, age 6)

7) - When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the Ocean. Sometimes when the wind didn't blow the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans. (William, age 7)

8) - Mermaids live in the ocean. I like mermaids. They are beautiful and I like their shiny tails, but how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really? (Helen, age 6)

9) - I'm not going to write about the ocean. My baby brother is a lways crying, my Dad keeps yelling at my Mom, and my big sister has just got pregnant, so I can't think what to write. (Amy, age 6)

10) - Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves in to chargers. (Christopher, age 7)

11) - When you go swimming in the ocean, it is very cold, and it makes my Willy small. (Kevin, age 6)

12) - On vacation my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won't do it again because water fired right up her big fat ass. (Julie, age 7)

13) - The ocean is made up of water and fish. Why the fish don't drown, I don't know. (Bobby, age 6

14) - My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the ocean. What he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and married my mom. (James, age 7)

If you didn't smile at one of these, you need to find a better sense of humor.


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