The brains behind the operation have decided to open up a crowdfunding site to help fund £150,000 / $232,000 to cover ongoing negotiations to finalize the architectural and constructions plans, plus the ground survey of the final proposed site and drafting of relevant legal agreements. Additional UK and European grants will also be sought but these funds will enable the process to get started.
The project aims to create a facility in Essex, UK and to build the world’s largest and deepest multi-level, indoor research, training and development pool. This will make it the premier marine and space research facility in Europe.
Open to researchers, commercial operations and most importantly recreational scuba divers, freedivers and technical divers the pool will be an amazing facility. The facility will be a state-of-the-art space; with hyperbaric chambers, a wide range of commercial diving and even micro-gravity facilities. The pool alone will be 50 m long, 40 m wide and have a maximum depth of 50 m.
Managing Director of the “Blue Abyss” project John Vickers had this to say:
Now that our Crowdfunding for Blue Abyss has gone live, I am so excited to be able to more publicly share our aspirations to create the world’s premier aquatic facility here in the UK and encourage everyone to get involved for the benefit of diving, marine and space research and of pushing the boundaries for mankind
As Freediving is going to be a major part of the facility they have brought Emma Farrell from GoFreediving on board as a consultant. She had this to say:
As the freediving consultant for Blue Abyss and part of the crowdfunding appeal, I’m delighted to be offering a Master Class free diving day with dinner and accommodation the night before and a two underwater photographs from a top underwater photographer
You can find out more and help pledge towards the project via the Blue Abyss Crowdfunder page.