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Meet the Expedition Team
Blair Mott, Expedition Team Member and Chief Diver
A Cousteau diver since 1994, Blair Mott has dived in more than 45 different countries in a vast array of diving conditions and configurations with a variety of equipment. He has served as a safety diver, gas technician and underwater on-camera guide. He has dived with mixed gas, trimix, a full face mask, a helmet, and semi-closed- and closed-circuit
A graduate of Santa Barbara City College's world-renowned marine technology program, Blair's passion is marine technology. He has hands-on expertise in real-world aspects of diving and how to manage the risks associated with it. He has taken courses in mixed-gas diving, emergency medicine, undersea vehicle operation, hyperbaric chamber operation and supervision, and undersea welding and cutting as well as many rescue and advanced diving courses. He has logged more than 5,000 hours underwater, including time spent working on the Keiko Project in Iceland. Severe North Atlantic winter storms during Blair's tenure damaged Ocean Futures' floating sea facility for Keiko, making it necessary for him to log 100 commercial dives within a 28 day period.
Interview with Blair Mott
What's the difference between being a chief diver and a regular diver on an Ocean Adventures team on an expedition?
I think that the big difference lies in your responsibilities and what your next plan of attack is. As chief diver, I have a lot of responsibilities, especially with a big team. I have to ensure that everything related to the divers and diving is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible and that every diver is being used to his or her fullest potential, including that we have the people that are most trained in that field working in that spot. I also need to oversee all the equipment and make sure that it's all running at its absolute best. And if a medical situation arises, I need to know that we have the supplies to handle the situation.
My passion is marine technology, especially as it relates to understanding and working on different aspects of working underwater and particularly with regard to safety issues. There are so many advances happening with diving technology right now.
For me, the biggest surprise was that every time we anchored up, we were greeted by up to a hundred
The challenge was ensuring that we as a team took full advantage of this opportunity and that the equipment was ready at all times and wasn't going to break down. If someone needed to jump in the water at a moment's notice and gather data or experience a certain environment, we needed to be ready - and that was a great challenge.
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