“Now I love the sea, don't get me wrong, but I also respect it. It's a mysterious place. At once benign and calm, then a raging cauldron. Never fear, though. The crew are well protected. There are a couple of crew members at either end of the ship with rifles keeping watch for unwanted visitors. I'd hate to see what happens if a school of sharks pays a visit for a mid-morning snack. I think there would be pandemonium: 2 riflemen not sure whether to fire or not and 40-odd seamen trying to scramble up a climbing net!
'Hands to bathe' - I don't bloody think so!”
“I did it off the Azores once. The water was very blue, warm and a bit deep (couldn't touch the bottom, tried as well).
"It was great fun until the world's biggest nobby turned up... we all got out then. Talk about party pooping…. it was big...all teeth and fins and definitely in charge!”
“I once had a swim over the Marianas Trench. An eerie feeling floating just below the surface and looking down knowing there was nothing but 30,000 feet of water between you and the bottom. Another time a bloke had just begun his dive off the submarine casing when a huge shark appeared. The look on his face as he tried (and failed) to regain his balance was priceless!”