Stu Tolan, radio host for 104.8 Channel 4 broadcasted live from the bottom of The Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis, The Palm for a total of five hours, 25 minutes and 25 seconds, smashing the Guinness World Records title for the longest underwater live radio broadcast (unsupported) in the world. Submerged in the 11 million litre marine habitat at a depth of 2.9 metres, the record was broken in one of the top 10 largest aquariums in the world at just over three million gallons. During the broadcast, Tolan was surrounded by 65,000 marine animals and fish including black tip reef sharks, stingrays, snapper, hammour, giant grouper, zebra sharks, and arapaima, whilst guests watched from the lagoon’s 10-metre-long and 7-cm-thick viewing pane.
With the previous Guinness World Records title for the longest underwater live radio broadcast (unsupported) totalling four hours, 43 minutes and 54 seconds, 104.8 Channel 4 and Atlantis went about beating the record by putting Tolan in a ‘Sea Trek’ helmet to allow for breathing and a clear live radio transmission from underwater. The helmet featured a ‘tri-view’ lens and was designed to give Tolan a clean, undistorted view of the lagoon, whilst the radio’s technical set-up allowed for a seamless and clear transmission throughout the entire duration of the broadcast.
With the official Guinness World Records adjudicator verifying the record from the top of the lagoon, the rules stipulated that Tolan had to broadcast live and fully submerged for the entire duration of the attempt. This required a total of 11 air scuba-tank changes to be made underwater, achieved by the six-man-strong dive support team from The Lost Chambers Aquarium.
With a long afternoon ahead the underwater themed show featured special marine-themed guests including Michael Rutzen, the celebrated South African ‘Shark Man’ who has spent more time free diving with great white sharks without a cage than any other person and is one of the few people in the world that can understand and respond to shark behaviour and body language.
Tolan commented, “I have been lucky enough to participate in some incredible stunts during my radio career, but this was truly an amazing challenge and attempting a Guinness World Records title is a total world away from my every day. The team at the Atlantis were incredible to work with and the support from my team at 104.8 Channel 4 made the whole challenge an incredible team effort.”
The Guinness World Records attempt was launched in line with the resort’s latest campaign ‘A World Away From Your Everyday.’
Ravini Perera, senior vice president – sales, marketing and PR, Atlantis, The Palm, added, “By breaking the Guinness World Recordstitle for Longest Live Underwater Broadcast, we have captured exactly what A World Away From Your Everyday at Atlantis is truly about. Experiencing the unforgettable and seemingly impossible and seeing something that can be found nowhere else in the world.”