Dr. Joseph Dituri, Associate Professor at the University of South Florida and former U.S. Navy saturation diving officer is on day 36 of living 30 feet underwater at the Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. Why? To document the physical and mental effects of living underwater for an extended period of time.
You’d think living underwater’s no big deal, but it is. The pressure in the living quarters is 1.5 normal atmospheric pressure all the time. That’s how much pressure is required to keep the water out. Nobody has lived underwater for that length of time, so it will be interesting to see what effect it has on his body.
Interestingly, KAATSU is a compound Japanese word that means just that: Added Pressure. In Japan, KAATSU is not thought of as “blood flow restriction training”, but as training under pressure using KAATSU’s pneumatic arm and leg bands. It seems somehow appropriate that Dr. Dituri took KAATSU with him on his undersea adventure.
Dr. Dituri is essentially living in a hyperbaric chamber for his entire time. He is being monitored and is doing his own research with him as the subject. It’s going to be interesting to see how his experiment(s) turn out. Good luck, Dr. Joe!
Disclaimer: KAATSU protocols have not been evaluated by Health Canada. KAATSU is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and its use should be evaluated by your own physician before use.