On the 15th of October on Koh Tao, Thailand, 3 PADI Dive Professionals have decided to bring their project to reality. On that day, they decided to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest underwater human pyramid.
John (PADI Dive Master), Manolo (PADI Dive Master) and Tyler (PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer) came out with this idea a while ago. They arrived on Koh Tao a couple of months ago and while working on their diving training, they decided to not only get involve in the diving industry, but also organize a unique event that would raise money for Project AWARE.
A lot of work, fund raising activities, practice dives and searching for sponsors, the last week before the attempt have been very busy for the 3 motivated guys.
On the 15th of October, it was time for the big day. Starting in the morning at Maya Beach Club, all participant showed up to register them self, listen to the briefing and some “on land” practice.
In the afternoon, all the participants coming from different dive schools on the Island moved on the dive boats of Buddha View and Bans Dive centers, 2 of the official sponsors.
Not only about to achieve something big, the 3 promoters of the project also managed to bring together divers from different schools, reminding everyone that their shouldn’t be such thing as competition in between dive centers. One beautiful tropical paradise, one big family of passionates.
It was not just about jumping in the water and forming a pyramid. The whole logistic behind the project was very big. Paperwork to sign, controller, checker and safety divers on board, everything had to be done in a specific way in order to be accepted by Guinness.
The ok has been given, John is at the surface controlling which row is about to go down, Manolo brings them down, making sure they are at the right spot and Tyler is facing the pyramid, using his best hand signals to place the divers properly. There is 62 people which is about to be stack on top of each other. Only one person can make the whole pyramid falling apart. Tyler was very busy…!!
65 minutes after the safety divers have set up the dive site and give the ok to start building up the human pyramid…they were 62 people holding on to each other and while waiting for the “ok to break” signal from Tyler, all thinking…I am about to be part of a Guinness World Record, I better hold on!!!
Diving on Koh tao had the pleasure to be asked by the founders of the project to be on top of the pyramid! What a great honor and thanks again to you guys! We can promise you, the amount of bubbles that was coming to the top was unbelievable!!! But we did hold on!!!!
There is a lot of people that come to Koh Tao to enjoy a scuba internship and diving as much as they can, which is fair enough. What John, Manolo and Tyler decided to add to their time and adventure on Koh Tao is absolutely amazing. Once again, we would like to say that we are proud of you guys and there is no words to describe what you did on the 15th of October.