First scuba-divers to cross the strait of Messina using underwater scooter


Messina, August 17th 2015 - DAN Europe will be supporting two scuba divers during their attempt to cross the Strait of Messina using high-tech scuba diving apparatus and underwater scooters.


Cosimo Muscianisi, 30, and Dario Polimeni, 52, will be the two Italian open-circuit divers to swim underwater across the passage of 3.3km dividing the Italian peninsula and the island of Sicily on August 23rd.


The team will dive from Punta del Faro (Sicily) to Cannitello (Calabria) at a depth of 6 to 10 metres using underwater scooters. Meanwhile, DAN Europe will be providing scientific and medical support during this daring feat.


“Although the distance may seem short, the Strait of Messina is famously known for its strong tidal currents, making its crossing no smooth feat, even for larger boats. However, its charm, beauty and fascination has attracted nautical sportsmen such as sailors, paragliders and swimmers for many years and we aim to be the first scuba-divers to make the challenging underwater crossing,” said Cosimo Muscianisi, an ENT specialist and qualified DAN Instructor Trainer.


Both scuba divers are meticulously mapping out the details for the challenge, which they have been planning for 8 months, as they attempt to cross it in one stretch.


“Planning and training for such an event has required very particular organisation, especially since our main goal is to make it to the other side at one go. Training has been very intense and we are both nervous, but the adrenalin and desire to succeed in this venture are enough to help us overcome the stress,” he added.


Muscianisi has been collaborating with the DAN Europe Research division for 5 years now. Both divers will undergo physiological tests (such as urine density and blood haemoglobin levels) before and after the crossing, which will then be analysed as part of the DAN Diving Safety Lab research project.


“I would like to thank DAN for their support and assistance during training and preparation, both from a scientific and medical point of view. Knowing I can count on the best specialist care, while diving across the Strait, gives me the peace of mind needed to take up the challenge,” said Muscianisi.


Organised by Un Tuffo nel Blu Diving Centre in collaboration with Pro Loco Villa San Giovanni, the crossing will be done in partnership with DAN Europe and the Italian Coast Guard (Sicilian Department). It is sponsored by underwater scooter manufacturers Teseo and diving equipment retailers Nuovo Mare Srl Nautica.


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