Saddam trained hard and arranged a team of professionals that helped him and received diving medical support from the local re-compression chamber. In his first trial he managed 30 hours, soon after, the second trial got him up to 53 hours and 3 minutes,then he did 100:20 hours and finally he managed 76 hours successfully! He is working hard to reach 150 hours under the water breaking the current 142 hours world record.
The Team: a group of highly trained professional divers,
twenty four to be precise, that are willing to spend time and sleepless nights to realize that one goal binding them all in what seems like a brotherhood. Multinational, men and women, all flocked together and learned to work as a ‘team’ taking orders from the team leader, following instructions of the operations manager, securing the gases needed and learning to deal with emergencies, repeating scenarios over and over again to make sure they respond adequately if the need should arise. Medical doctors calculating calories and fluid intake and devising methods to calculate urine output, scientists measuring blood sugar levels transmitted wirelessly and core temperature measured inside his stomach and intestines. Most of the members of the team are oﬀering their support free of charge in support of a 30 years old dreamer that manage to inspire them and proved that ‘nothing is impossible if we stick together’.
In March 2015 Saddam Killany planned to break the world record for the longest dive in mankind’s history using scuba (self contained underwater breathing apparatus) gear. He collected his team and started to practice and train to prepare himself physically and mentally to beat the odds. His training focused on devising simple, cheap and safe solutions for eating, drinking and sleeping underwater. This was conducted in confined and open water environments. Training time was also allotted to test the dive gear, which was his old diving gear with some innovations added and test its functionality and the best and most comfortable configuration. It remains a fact that more people reach the top of Mount Everest every year, than the ones that break records under the ocean. We strive to reach the moon and soon Mars, but we have not yet ventured under the water which represents seven tenths of our “blue planet”. If Saddam Killany breaks the current world record he will be the youngest diver to do so. The trial will be fully monitored by a scientific team from DAN-Europe to gather data on human adaptation and performance under extreme environments. The data gathered will be of value in planning the “Voyage to Mars” and similar endeavors that will test the human ability to withstand adverse environmental conditions. Diving and Aerospace Medicine are closely linked and it is through such challenges that we gain further information and test theories.
We also hope to inspire other young people to challenge themselves, find their limits and get outdoors. We hope that by creating a documentary to be shared around the web, schools and hopefully on TV, we might be able to do just that.
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