Cause Two Is One And One Is None
Two submarines? Isn’t one enough?
As a young boy, my first meetings with the underwater realm was like so many others in the form of diving and was via the TV series of the late Jacques Cousteau. I loved those episodes and was completely mesmerized by the sights and the challenges and findings Cousteau and his team came across and shared with us via the TV screen.
Naturally, I dreamt about how I too could be doing something as cool as Cousteau and his team were doing and how I could be diving too, SCUBA and Submarine diving. I mean how awesome would that be?
But it would be many years before I actually acted upon the idea and really if was more by happy coincidence that I even got started. But started I finally got and after my initial certification as a diver and after a few dives, I got hungry for more, and took on yet another certification and then another. And another and more.
I was insatiable in my hunger for anything diving. I got more and more involved in diving personally in my local area as well as on travels and quickly had upwards 200 dives a year regardless of most of these being in cold waters of Denmark, summer, fall, winter and spring.
As if that wasn’t enough, I soaked up all information I could find on diving, read all the books, scoured all the forums and looked into all the training and certification programs I could get close to even across continents.
In my journey I came across a number of people who stood out. Jacques Cousteau was naturally the first one to stand out. But he hadn’t been active for years when I commenced my diving, so now it was new names.
One of the names I came across was that of Florida based Billy Deans. He was especially active in wreck and technical diving and was also one of the early pioneers and advocates for using trimix for deep SCUBA diving.
Now one of the Billy Deans’ sayings that particularly stood out for me was the “Cause Two Is One And One Is None”.
When Billy Deans spoke of this he spoke of redundancy.
When diving redundancy is important for Murphy’s Law thrives in the underwater realm as much as topsides. So if one regulator (the mouth piece you are breathing through) fails, you had better have another one.
If things go wrong during a dive or if a piece of equipment fails while at depth, it’s good to have a back up and having it can actually be life-saving.
Billy Deans seemed to go full out with his redundancy and equipment. I fondly recall a video he made where he broke down and disassembled his dive gear going through all the pieces of equipment he would bring on a deep technical wreck dive.
His equipment would include, an extra mask, at least two knives and possibly even a special strong scissor and a ton of other things, often in pairs, often in twos. He even would have a little mirror with him.
Wreck diving comes with hazards. There are narrow bulk holes, corridors, passage ways, shifted materials and often loads of fishing lines or fishing nets (ghost nets) stuck on the wreck and it is not uncommon that as you dive such spots that you get caught on something or entangled to some extent in fishing line or something.
The mirror was to enable you to look backwards to see what exactly you were entangled in and so that you could better find out how to get unstuck or cut a fishing lines or whatever the case may be, so you could save yourself.
Now, while I don’t necessarily subscribe to all the equipment choices of Billy Deans, his message was clear enough and important and the way he said it, with his Southern accent surely made it very memorable for me.
“Cause two is one, and one is none”.
Well, so back to the two submarines on board Baseline Explorer, the exploration vessel of GlobalSubDive. Do we have two submarines for redundancy?
For sure the redundancy of having two submarines instead of just one is great to have, for you just never know what you may encounter, and it would be terrible if you were far, far away on an important mission and all of a sudden your modus of diving for your important research, exploration or search and retrieval went inoperable.
But seeing that our team on GlobalSubDive always stay on top of all our equipment and thoroughly maintains and service it all, it’s not so much for redundancy purposes that we have two submarines on board.
No, having two submarines at your disposal just vastly expands what you are able to achieve and accomplish. It also expands the opportunity to have more visitors, guests, scientists, explorers, reporters and more to come along and be witnesses of whatever the specific mission has to offer.
The value of this goes far beyond the expense of having two submarines as opposed to just one and it becomes very clear to all instantly when they go diving with us.
So when you charter GlobalSubDive for your important scientific research, or your search and retrieval challenge or your film assignment or whatever your case may be, you will have not just one submarine at your disposal, but two.
You’ll soon see for yourself, the immense value you will derive from that.
To charter GlobalSubDive, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your mission. Our Submarines are waiting for you.