Michael Lombardi

I just returned from the remote island of Kat O, a historic fishing village located in Hong Kong’s North District. The island was once a major fishing settlement, but is now home to fewer than 50 permanent residents, leaving only scattered remains of this previously sprawling hub available to maintain fishing and aquaculture. My mission: introduce new diving...

Throughout the history of human intervention beneath the sea, divers have struggled with making the best use of a human’s most important tool: the hand. In the shallows, thick neoprene gloves are used for warmth, and the diver must quickly learn how to adapt to perform fine motor tasks. Without this protection, the cold cripples the ability...

This morning I woke up with seemingly less energy than I went to bed with. A mix of long days, followed by wrangling up two little monsters before bedtime, then doing a second shift before bed in trying to stay at least one step ahead as I always like to do – for seemingly months...

  An extraordinary expedition was announced recently at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.  At the center of it all is the newly designed Exosuit, a robotic dream created by Nuytco Research, the latest generation of atmospheric diving systems which protects the pilot  from the effects of high pressure.  The Exosuit will work together...

My turn in the pilot seat – I slid my legs into the lower section of the Exosuit ADS and found the sweet spot where I could touch the foot pedals (thruster control), yet lift them off the pedals as needed to disengage. Upon relaying an ‘ok’ to topside, the torso of the suit was...

My turn in the pilot seat – I slid my legs into the lower section of the Exosuit ADS and found the sweet spot where I could touch the foot pedals (thruster control), yet lift them off the pedals as needed to disengage. Upon relaying an ‘ok’ to topside, the torso of the suit was...

My turn in the pilot seat – I slid my legs into the lower section of the Exosuit ADS and found the sweet spot where I could touch the foot pedals (thruster control), yet lift them off the pedals as needed to disengage. Upon relaying an ‘ok’ to topside, the torso of the suit was...

Perhaps most significant in considering the difference in mechanics with wet diving versus ADS diving is the true dependence on your support team. With surface-air operations, my job by day, while there is a dependence on the support team, the diver does have a considerable degree of autonomous control. In my 18 years of working...

Perhaps most significant in considering the difference in mechanics with wet diving versus ADS diving is the true dependence on your support team. With surface-air operations, my job by day, while there is a dependence on the support team, the diver does have a considerable degree of autonomous control. In my 18 years of working...

This morning, I woke up and put on 36 waist pants, an XL t-shirt, and size 11 work boots. My colleagues at this week’s training event did much the same, though with varied sizes from 32 to 40 waist pants, medium to extra-extra large sized t-shirts, and size 9 through 15 work boots. The challenge...

This morning, I woke up and put on 36 waist pants, an XL t-shirt, and size 11 work boots. My colleagues at this week’s training event did much the same, though with varied sizes from 32 to 40 waist pants, medium to extra-extra large sized t-shirts, and size 9 through 15 work boots. The challenge...

This morning, I woke up and put on 36 waist pants, an XL t-shirt, and size 11 work boots. My colleagues at this week’s training event did much the same, though with varied sizes from 32 to 40 waist pants, medium to extra-extra large sized t-shirts, and size 9 through 15 work boots. The challenge...

The convention in ‘day to day’ diving is that it’s wet – the diver is exposed to the watery outside environment, and all of the resulting stressors that this wet environment places on the human body. That stress is cause for the various limitations we divers face with every immersion. The most critical element causing...