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Friday, May 21, 2021

Allie’s Guide to Surviving Deep-Sea Dives with the SCUBAPS



As the most experienced user of Dr. Samuel Wilcox’s ingenious device the SCUBAPS: Self-Contained Underwater Breathing and Anti-Pressure Suit, he has asked me to write a guide on how to use the SCUBAPS. In this brief tutorial, you’ll learn how to use the SCUBAPS to dive at any depth and how to maintain your safety while wearing one.


Before Entering the Water

When donning the SCUBAPS, it will at first seem too large to fit, but once it reaches up to your neckline, it will snap tight. The SCUBAPS has been altered to work with underwear or even very thin clothing worn beneath it. The zipper will merge with the front of the suit, making it seamless. A pull-tab at the neckline can be used to cause the zipper to reappear and will also loosen the suit.


Upon Entering the Water

First, you will want to activate the A.I. inside the suit. Simply say, “Activate A.I.” or “Turn on A.I.” or any similar variation and the A.I will respond. Once she [I use she here because the voice is feminine] responds, you will know she is activated and can be used to initiate the jet propulsion device. In addition, you can instruct her to activate any of the suit’s features like the headlamp, Sea-Vision, anti-predation measures, and more. The A.I. will be your constant companion but can be turned off as easily as it is activated. Even with the A.I. off, you can still use vocal commands to turn on the headlamp or change the field of vision within the helmet. If swimming in a location where predation is likely, maintain the anti-predation feature at all times.


Special Features of the SCUBAPS

In addition to keeping the wearer protected from the crushing pressure of the deep, the SCUBAPS has several internal features that aid the user. A map can be instructed to appear in the lower right-hand corner of the screen or extended to encompass the window of the helmet. At all times depth, location, pressure, oxygen permeability levels, and outside temperature are displayed in the upper left-hand corner. However, it can be turned off by asking the A.I. Sea-Vision allows the user to tint the field of vision to allow the user to see in the dark. Any creatures within view will become visible under the use of Sea-Vision. The SCUBAPS also allows the user to take photographs of anything viewed through the window. Fully compatible with the c-com, the photos can be sent to the c-com device upon returning to Oceania via a quick instruction to the A.I. Although not part of the suit itself, the SCUBAPS can integrate with a jet propulsion pack to aid in movement. The A.I. is fully integrated with the jet propulsion pack and can increase or decrease the speed based on vocal instruction. The jet propulsion pack has three speeds: low, medium, and high. High speed is intense and can only be maintained for a short period of time due to stress on the body. Low speed is good to aid in swimming, while medium speed is good to use for traveling at distance. To protect against predation of the user, the SCUBAPS has an anti-predation feature that nullifies echolocation and masks the electrical signature of the user, making them invisible to sharks, whales, and dolphins. The outer skin of the suit can mask the user to photosensitive hunters as well.


Removing the Suit

Taking off the suit is easy. Once out of the water, first remove the helmet by tugging forcefully upwards and the helmet will unseal from the suit. The helmet can sense water pressure and the amount of water surrounding the suit when underwater. If the helmet senses that the user is still submerged, no amount of tugging will remove the helmet as a safety measure. Once the helmet is off, then the user can access the pull-tab at the neckline. One tug and the zipper will reappear on the suit. The zipper can be pulled down and the suit removed.


Basic Care of the Suit

The SCUBAPS is designed to be indestructible. Still, a very sharp object could damage the integrity of the suit, so never cut or allow the suit to be cut on anything sharp. Underwater, a slight tear of the suit could cause an implosion, so better not to risk it. Each suit should be allowed to dry before the next use and (officially) the suit is not to be worn for more than 12 hours at a time.

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