AZOTH SYSTEMS’ AMBASSADORS

Discover the portraits of our ambassadors whether you are a Tech diver or a professional diving manager. They share their first impressions of the O’Dive innovation and tell their best diving experiences.

Frédéric SWIERCZYNSKI

Explorer Diver

Pure product of the South-West of France, son of a former international rugby player, sport he himself practiced in his youth, Frédéric Swierczynski discovers spearfishing at around 7 years old and from then on spends most of his time at sea and underwater. He combined his passion and his professional life, creating his own diving structure, very avant-garde at the time. After twenty years of entrepreneurship, thinking that life was going too fast he decided to realize his dreams.

Azoth Systems and you?

Our encounter dates from less than two years. A common acquaintance working in the media introduced me to Julien Hugon. We immediately knew and understood the great mutual benefits that we could have to collaborate: they were looking for operators, I was looking for a solution to evaluate the quality of my decompression.

What do you think of the product potential?

This solution is very easy to access: portable, it does not require an expert operator nor expensive facilities, nor advanced knowledge in medicine to rapidly gather data. Therefore, it is ideal to use after diving and will quickly gain supporters in a discipline where the material used is already significant, but also where technique and physiology are part of the scenario, passion, curiosity .

What are your best diving experiences?

My first dives, at the age of 18, discovering wrecks that had never been explored on the Atlantic coast, leading naturally to my first deep solo dive down to more than 115 meters. Then the first long team explorations underground including that of ‘font del truffe’ for more than 20 hours. Then followed explorations ever deeper and more engaged but which, in the end, are not… Because each time, the size of the step is the same… This is only a progression. But my best memory is the siphon number 3 of the ‘Mescla’ by – 267 meters.

Jord LUCAS

Total Group Dive Manager

Jord Lucas spent the first part of his career in the French Navy, where he ended up as a diving expert for the Armies. He is currently responsible for submarine operations (Diving and ROV) for the TOTAL group (exploration / production division).

Azoth Systems and you?

TOTAL has supported the BF Systèmes project since its beginning. I ensured the continuity of this support when I took office in 2015. It is natural that, subsequently, I followed the transfer of BF Systèmes to Azoth Systems. Offshore diving operations rely on a few established dive tables. However, the same tables apply for a wide variety of working conditions, whether it be in terms of weather, water temperatures, underwater work intensity, campaign duration, individual characteristics (weight, size, age …) even though all these factors affect the quality of the desaturation of tissues. Azoth Systems should allow a better understanding of the risk exposure in situ and thus improve the safety of staff.

What do you think of the product potential?

Although the methods used by the industry are tested in terms of safety, the intensity of underwater work overexposes divers and accidents still occur. This tool should both enhance safety and optimize underwater working times.

What are your best diving experiences?

The North Sea for the clarity of the waters, the Mediterranean for easy access to deep waters, Brittany for shipwrecks, the Channel for countermine and Polynesia for fauna and flora!

Ghislain BARDOUT

Explorer Diver

Graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne (Switzerland), Ghislain Bardout discovered diving at 14 years old, in Cavalaire (France). This very strong passion has guided his career. He began his exploration path while being a student interrupting his master’s degree for two years to work with Jean-Louis Etienne. At the end of this very educational experience, he resumed his studies while launching the Under the Pole expeditions.

Azoth Systems and you?

We had already been working for a long time with Jean-Eric Blatteau (partner of Azoth Systems), who put us in touch with Julien Hugon. We then met Axel Barbaud and in 2014-2015, on the second Under the Pole expedition, we set up a first collaboration: a physiological support program for divers. Azoth Systems provides us with highly targeted, highly personalized and highly specialized expertise to work on decompression prevention, via real-time monitoring of our decompression procedures, but also on the customization of the decompression protocols for unusual operations.

What do you think of the product potential?

This is a real significant innovation that really contrasts with everything that has been done until today. It can bring a lot of safety, provided it is easy enough to use for the dive community to adopt. But I fully trust Azoth Systems to take up this challenge.

What are your best diving experiences?

They are numerous, but I will mention the dives in the High North, in icy, sumptuous waters, with visibilities among the best in the world. Whether at the North Pole, under the ice floe or, like last summer, on cliffs teeming with life, these are exceptional dives, which we only realize once because the opportunities to go there are extremely rare. They are set in remote places that only very few people have explored because they are at the end of the world. These can be polar regions, an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific, or deep water.

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