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(io9)   The evolution of the diving suit. You can almost hear the people on the boat laughing their asses off   ( divider line
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2013-09-06 10:16:11 PM  

"Does this suit make me look fat?"

2013-09-07 03:51:18 AM  
2013-09-07 04:03:13 AM  
2013-09-07 05:27:41 AM

"Then one day, they weren't laughing anymore..."
2013-09-07 05:53:37 AM
2013-09-07 06:31:01 AM
The original, and still the best, diving suit.
2013-09-07 07:30:55 AM
2013-09-07 08:34:11 AM  
Ow my ears.
2013-09-07 08:34:30 AM  

Archie Goodwin: [ image 720x480]
The original, and still the best, diving suit.

It depends on what you're trying to do.  Sightseeing at less than 30 feet or just harvesting sponge off the shallow sea beds?  Yes.  Trying to work salvage, underwater archaeology, or underwater construction?  You kind of need a tank, preferably a rebreather if you've got to go down far enough to spend any time waiting to ascend at decompression acclimation depths.  And if you're on a blackwater site like Maple Leaf in the St. John's River, you need the suit for ballast, light (otherwise it's negative visibility), and the mask keeps all sorts of nasty shiat from hugging your face.

And then there's the whole being sexually assaulted by a manatee thing - I think Dan, Dan, The Manatee Man was happy to be wearing a drysuit that day.
2013-09-07 10:01:54 AM  
My buddy took a free diving class and is now certified to dive 60'. I can't wait to see some spear fishing videos. I don't know how anybody goes more than waist deep into the ocean, I've watched too much sharkweek. /bottom of a pool is deep enough for me. //still paranoid about pool sharks.
2013-09-07 10:02:11 AM  
The one with all the tiny windows is the stuff of steam punk nightmares.
2013-09-07 11:57:00 AM  

cgraves67: The one with all the tiny windows is the stuff of steam punk nightmares.

It's the basis for Big Daddy from Bioshock (posted upthread).
2013-09-07 11:58:26 AM  
And those early hard suits had to chafe like crazy.
2013-09-07 01:35:50 PM  
Jumping into the water in 16th century technology? Aww, hell no!
2013-09-07 01:52:56 PM
Sadly, Herbert learned the hard way that farts did not contain enough breathable oxygen to survive a prolonged dive.
2013-09-07 07:45:07 PM

What about this guy?
2013-09-07 11:28:22 PM  
Some of those look like steampunk gimp suits.

I am wondering if anyone has tried carbon fiber for diving helmets.
2013-09-08 12:47:04 AM  
Whats with the the two with axes? Are they for fighting off splicers?
2013-09-08 01:33:55 AM  

that one guy with the face: Whats with the the two with axes? Are they for fighting off splicers?

That's a rather silly question... You can never have too many axes when underwater.
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