FAQ's

We get a lot of questions about what we’re doing, and how we’re doing it!  We’re just thrilled that people are interested, and want to know more!  Here, you’ll find the answers to our most commonly asked questions!  

Q.)What is “Project Nautilus”?

We are adventure seekers and philanthropists.  We’re equal parts daredevil, engineer, athlete, and entrepreneur!    

In 2012, we had an idea!  We wanted to make an attempt to break a Guinness World Record; specifically, we set out to keep a diver submerged in open water, on scuba, for 100 straight hours.  

Being diligent sorts, we did our homework, and discovered that previous holders of this record were able to raise significant funds for charity!  Suddenly, our goal shifted!  The Guinness World Record wasn’t our singular goal, anymore – Now?  Our real goal is to use the record attempt to raise $1,000,000.00 for a good cause.  

Project Nautilus was established as a non-profit corporation, with the goal of facilitating our world record dive and using the publicity that has historically surrounded this type of attempt to raise operational capital for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  

Q.)How long is the dive?

The current record stands at just over 51 hours.  We’re striving to almost double the current world record, and are planning to keep our diver in the water for 100 hours.  That’s 4 days, and 4 hours.

Q.)Is a 100 hour long scuba dive even possible?

We’ve gone the extra mile to recruit the team that can pull this thing off!  

We have professional engineers who are putting their minds to making groundbreaking modifications to our diver’s life support equipment and subsea staging area.

Medics and doctors are designing a custom dive profile and accounting for physiological stress brought on by temperature, pressure, and absorption of gasses under pressure.

Marketing specialists, web designers, and all manner of sponsors are pulling together to drive the greatest possible publicity and exposure!   

…And commercial divers, supervisors, project managers, and topside support teams have been tasked with executing the dive, itself!

Q.)What is a diver going to DO for 4 days in the water?

We’ve got a lot of things planned to keep our diver busy!  Part of our goal, while we’re in the water, is to support coral reef conservation by removing debris (trash, etc.) from the waters around our dive site!

We’ll also be working closely with our local supporters and sponsors to support educational endeavors that are tentatively planned around our record attempt.

Finally, our diver will also be field testing various technological devices and accessories.  We’re going to try to make an iPad work, at depth, and hopefully, he’ll be able to watch a movie, respond to e-mails, and play Angry Birds.  …And if not?  There will be a lot of laminated magazines in his future.

Q.)Is it dangerous?

There IS an element of risk, but we’ve carefully considered everything from heat loss to gas toxicity under pressure.  While this is definitely a “don’t try this at home” type of endeavor, many very talented people have put their heads together to find the most effective ways to minimize the risk to our diver.  

The current record for the “Longest Openwater Scuba Diver” stands at just over 51 hours, and there are reasons why, to date, no one has gone longer!  We’re optimistic that with creative engineering, proper planning, and a steadfast resolution to do something positive, we can break our 100 hour goal.

Q.)How will a diver sleep?  Or eat?

Our engineers have designed a modular stage that will sit on a flat, sandy embankment on the seabed.  The stage was designed to have “zero” impact on the local environment, and to be removed entirely after the dive.  

The stage itself provides for storage of emergency equipment, as well as two uprights, between which, our diver will deploy a hammock!  Sleeping will be as simple as belting into the hammock, and crashing out!  …Of course, he’ll still have to wake up to change scuba cylinders, but that sort of thing builds character. 

The diver’s diet will consist of high-protein, high-fat, and high-carb foods that will allow him to continue to produce body heat sufficient to maintain the dive!  Liquid protein meals, applesauce, and other “liquid lunches” will be augmented by granola bars, fruit, and other treats!  Things may taste a little salty, but our diver will be drinking lots of fresh water, to stay hydrated!  

Q.)How deep are you diving?  / What are the “rules” for this to count as a record-breaking dive?

In order for our dive to count, Guinness World Records requires certain depth parameters (ranging from 30' to 10'), and stipulates that no piece of the diver’s equipment may break the surface.  

The dive must be made on scuba (which stands for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus”) so we are making sure that while in the water, the diver will be free to move about, and not tethered to anything that would restrict his ability to be “self-contained!”  The diver will not be breathing off of massive cylinders, or receiving surface supplied heat.  

Q.)Where are you making your world record dive?

We scouted several potential sites, and eventually found a dive site perfectly suited to our mission!  We will be making our world record attempt at Coki Beach, located on the island of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  

We’ve received massive support and encouragement from our partners and local sponsors at this location, and the weather, geography, and tidal conditions of the reef suit our needs perfectly!   

Q.)What about sharks!?

We love this question.  While there are sharks in the water, our diver is experienced with encountering these amazing animals, and works in subsea environments with them frequently!  There are several general guidelines that typically ensure a good working relationship with a shark:

Don’t look like food.

Don’t try to ride them like a longboard.

Always let them win at “Rock, Paper, Scissors” (even though you know they’re always going to go with “paper,”).

Treat them with respect, and they’ll generally return the favor.  

(Also?  Sharks are REALLY cool to see in the water, so we’re hoping that one or two might stop by!)

Q.)Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! Project Nautilus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We are dutifully registered, and we will provide a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution, complete with our federal EIN (employee identification number)!

Q.)What percentage of my donation will go to Make-a-Wish?

Presently, 80% of every dollar recieved through our website is provided directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and 20% is set aside for expenses.  The percentage of donations that are allocated for operational expenses are related solely to the execution of our mission.  Project Nautilus is an “All Volunteer” organization! Our officers, members, administrators, and professionals do NOT draw a salary, receive NO financial or material benefit from the company, and are working completely from the heart.

Once our operational costs have been met, we will update the answer to this question to reflect that 100% of donations from that point will be provided directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit company, Project Nautilus strives for transparency in its finances, and responsible third-party auditors will have access to our records to ensure/confirm that we deliver on that promise.

Q.)How can I get involved?

Getting involved is easy! 

The green “Donate Today” button at the top of the page will provide you with a way to help us reach our goals, and to earn some neat rewards, in the process!  

The blue “Sponsor Us” button is the first step toward demonstrating your company’s commitment to making the world a better place, and will put you in touch with the right people on our team!  We value our supporters, sponsors, and partners, and we won’t keep you waiting! 

To request information on how to volunteer as a diver, or ask a question that we haven’t answered here, just e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!  We’ll get back to you with information! 

Q.)What’s the next step?

To support our mission, and to help make our goal of raising $1,000,000.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation a reality, all you have to do is click on the green “Donate Today” button at the top of the page!  From there, you’ll have plenty of different ways to get behind Project Nautilus, and help us achieve our goals! 

If you represent a business, or a group?  We’d love to include you as an official sponsor!  Just click on the blue “Become a Sponsor” button, at the top of the page!

As a sponsor, we would be happy to work with you – whether you’re able to contribute financially, or by providing a necessary service – and to promote your dedication to a remarkable cause (carried out by remarkable people) by sharing our appreciation with everyone our project touches.

Conversely, if your interest is in supporting our goal of raising $1,000,000.00 for the “Make-a-Wish Foundation,” we would be happy to add you to a growing list of philanthropists who are committed to changing the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

From here? Simply click on the appropriate button and let us know what type of involvement you prefer.  It would be our pleasure to work with you to find an ideal arrangement!

Project Nautilus, Inc.

7312 Louetta Road

B118 #405

Spring, Texas 77379

(832) 515-6096

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