Diver’s Lift Chair for Entry and Seated Safety Stops

Innovation is the name of the game when diving from 90 ft. high at the Frying Pan Tower.

If you are not familiar with the Frying Pan Tower, it is a decommissioned lighthouse out in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina. Check our other post about the Frying Pan Tower for more information.

The Frying Pan Tower is actually a rig like structure. It hosts a number of live cams for marine life research and it is being renovated as an adventurous platform hotel for sea lovers. That includes divers.

It is about 90 ft. above sea level. Therefore, its owner had to use a bit of ingenuity to get divers to and from the surf as he explains in the following quote:

Wanted to make it safer to lift scuba divers out of the waters below. With their heavy tanks and gear it isn’t safe to lift them in a conventional bosun’s chair so I put this together. Today is calm but for heavier wave days we can lower it 20′ into the water where a diver can do their safety stop then release a float on the cable to indicate they are ready to be lifted.

H/T “Diver’s Pony Lift Chair” – YouTube

Take a look to see how this chair operates in the clip below.

H/T “Diver’s Pony Lift Chair” – YouTube video by Frying Pan Tower

What is interesting is that this chair can be lowered 20′ into the water for divers safety stops when needed.

never thought about a sit-down safety stop. Interesting, yes?

Images Source: YouTube Clips

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