The challenge to be submerged for 50 hours, Ocean 6|50 has started on the afternoon of 25th February. During the event, Mr. Shafraz Naeem will be attempting to spend 50 hours underwater. As of today 26Th, February at 15:30 pm, Mr. Shafraz has completed 22 hours fully submerged underwater, breaking his own personal record of 4 hours.
The record-breaking event started on the afternoon of 25th February at Kudagiri located near Anantara Dhigu Resort. For the inaugurating ceremony, the Ocean 6|50 team was joined by Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Event Partners, and Sponsors.
The Digital Dive Media Partner for the event is Asia Dive Expo. The event tech teams are working together to provide full coverage of the event over water and underwater using customized pieces of equipment. Click the link here to watch the ADEX live stream on Facebook. IMTM is the Online Travel News Partner for the Ocean 6|50 event. IMTM covers the latest news on the travel and tourism industry with the most influential B2B online resources. Visit imtmonline.com for the latest updates on the event.
Since the submerging Mr. Shafraz has shared pictures, tweets, and messages using a special tablet underwater to communicate with the team. Ocean 6|50 is the first underwater event in the Maldives to have live streaming throughout the whole event.
A tweet posted by Mr. Shafraz, said “Almost 20 hours done and the most exciting experience was sleeping underwater. The ocean is not only teeming with amazing life but also helps us experience mindfulness. #oceansixfifty #50yrs50hrs #photography #marinelife #ecosystem #pledgetoprotect #plasticfree #sunnysideoflife”
Almost 20 hours done and the most exciting experience was sleeping underwater. The ocean is not only teaming with amazing life but also helps us experience mindfulness. #oceansixfifty #50yrs50hrs #photography #marinelife #ecosystem #pledgetoprotect #plasticfree #sunnysideoflife pic.twitter.com/5RZmgi9XzB— 🇲🇻 Shaff 🇨🇭 (@ShafrazNaeem) February 26, 2022
After completing the full 50 hours underwater, Mr. Shafraz will be concluding his dive on 27th February 2022, at 5:30 pm. Ocean 6|50 has brought together National and International communities., Divers, Environmental Activists, and Marine Researchers. Throughout the event, a team of experienced divers and doctors will be present at the venue. Mr. Shafraz was joined in his dive by his two sons this afternoon.
Proud dad moment. Crossing 22 hours submerged and joined by both my son's. This is why we take these challenges on, to make a better a place for our children. #oceansixfifty #50yrs50hrs #pledgetoprotect #plasticfree #stoppollution #diveforhope #sunnysideoflife #maldives pic.twitter.com/NCVghVH4S1— 🇲🇻 Shaff 🇨🇭 (@ShafrazNaeem) February 26, 2022
Ocean 6|50 is an initiative which aims to raise awareness and advocate for a sustainable solution to tackle the issues of plastic pollution and the conservation of marine species and ecosystems in the Maldives. Moreover, the event was oraganized to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Tourism in the Maldives.
Mr. Shafraz Naeem, the primary diver of this event is an ex-military diver instructor, Navy Clearance diver, an SSI recreational dive instructor, technical diver, explorer, and an underwater photographer. He has 27 years of experience in the industry and has trained divers in the Maldivian Coast Guard, Special Forces, and Marines. Ben Reymenants, dive planner and technical diver who is listed as one of the world’s best technical divers and trainers, will be on hand at the event guiding and monitoring the safety of the main diver and supporting divers. Support Team Leader of Ocean 6|50 Azim (Zim) is a Marine Biologist and an underwater photographer who would be leading the support dive team.
This event is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations (MMPRC/Visit Maldives) and the National Boating Association of Maldives.
The amount of microplastic pollution in waters around the Maldives is amongst the highest in the world and has the potential to severely impact marine life in shallow reefs and threaten the livelihoods of island communities. The increasing rate of production and release of ever-larger volumes of hazardous and environmentally harmful materials, like plastics, will exceed our ability not only to manage all that excess waste but to so much as monitor its release. Time is of the essence when it comes to tackling plastic waste as plastic pollution in the planet’s oceans, show your support towards a more sustainable plastic-free future with Ocean 6|50.