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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Radar Takes Over the Blog — Part One



If you have ever done Sea TREK, chances are Radar was behind the set up of the entire operation. All of our Sea TREK operators know Radar, because he is our Sea TREK guy! He installs Sea TREK, he trains the training coordinators, he maintains and troubleshoots the systems, he assembles the helmets, and so much more.

Radar earned his nickname at Sub Sea Systems 15 years ago when he became known for his uncanny ability to show up the second someone even thought of calling his name. He had ‘radar’ for those who needed him.


If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Radar you should know that he is very engaging and clever, with a hard-working sensibility, and a good sense of humor. According to Radar — meeting people, making new friends, and experiencing different cultures — are the highlights of his career. Radar has become a part of the evolution of helmet diving that is Sea TREK.

A Favorite Moment:
Over the years Radar has had many amazing experiences but one of his favorite moments was in Malaysia. It was mid afternoon and Radar and the crew were taking a small break — laying down on the platform from which the site operates. The site trail is in fairly shallow water, but there is deep water adjacent. The warm afternoon silence was broken by the excited voice of a child, “Look! Look! Look!” The child was pointing toward the Sea TREK area.

They all sat up and gasped with awe.

A 40-foot and a 20-foot whale shark were swimming in the Sea TREK area. The whale sharks just came and went, but it was the first time Radar had experienced whale sharks.
Radar told us, “I didn’t know whether to be freaked out or excited!”

They experienced more whale sharks on that visit, but that first time was a favorite moment for Radar.

Culture:

Radar has been to many locations and he loves to learn the customs, cultural norms, and generally make friends with the people he meets. He always eats with the locals, which has led him to try some very different types of food. He has also seen the range of accommodations available around the world. Even with a few horror stories, the travel and social aspect of Radar’s career are his favorite. Stories definitely make it more interesting! From being told not to travel outside at night, and having a lock on the bedroom door of his hotel room (because anyone could just walk in through the front slider) to eating a type of meat said to be goat, that was way too small to be goat chops, Radar has experienced a lot, and he will be adding to these stories as Sea TREK is soon expanding into Korea, and opening a new location in China.

Newest Location:
The most recent location that Radar installed was Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman. As installations go, Radar said this one went rather smoothly. There are always problems that arise during installation, as each location is unique and has its own set of requirements, but that is what he is there for. Finding the right nuts and bolts, calculating from standard into the metric system, and conquering language barriers to communicate troubleshooting. It is a job where you have to think on your toes, and be ready to problem solve.

Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman is a Dolphin TREK location. There are only a few locations that offer Dolphin TREK, but more are expected in the near future —including Dolphin TREK at Geoje Sea World, Korea (which will also offer Sea TREK with Beluga Whales!).

Dolphin TREK is one of Radar’s favorite underwater activities.

He shares, “Dolphin TREK is amazing! I have seen thousands of seargant majors, and tons of reef fish — but, Dolphin TREK is something special, it is always awe inspiring; it never gets old.” 
Until Next time:
We would love if you would share your stories about Radar in the comments below or email them to andrea@subseasystems.com

We will be including more Radar anecdotes, and sharing his experiences as he traverses the world making Sea TREK available to the masses. For more information on Sea TREK or Dolphin TREK please visit www.sea-trek.com or www.dolphin-trek.com