Ben is not alone in the Vortex... He is escorted by a crew of 9 and 2 support boats

Ben's Equipment

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Swim Cap / Goggles / Snorkel

Mind over matter: it’s what happens in Ben’s head that will make the difference. A swim cap for the warmth, googles to protect from salt, and a snorkel for the oxygen… the brain will do the rest!

Wet Suit

Along the way, the North Pacific Ocean water temperature could reach 50°F (10°C). The wet suit not only give Ben a superhero style… it is vital to maintain his body temperature and optimize his aerodynamic in the water.

Fins

Ben will adapt his choice of fin everyday, depending on the state of the sea.

EKG Waterproof Holter Monitor

With DMS Service's EKG Waterproof Holter Monitor and other devices like NASA's remote guidance echo, the medical team will be able to monitor Ben's activities with accuracy. Throughout the journey, a Chief Medical Advisor, a cardiologist, a nutritionist and a kinesiologist will be in contact with Ben and his crew to provide any required support.

EKG Waterproof Holter Monitor

With DMS Service's EKG Waterproof Holter Monitor and other devices like NASA's remote guidance echo, the medical team will be able to monitor Ben's activities with accuracy. Throughout the journey, a Chief Medical Advisor, a cardiologist, a nutritionist and a kinesiologist will be in contact with Ben and his crew to provide any required support.

Shark Repellent Bracelet

In prevention of any attack, especially while swimming in the Great White Shark Migration Area, Ben will wear a magnetic bracelet to keep predators away without causing harm to them.

Activity / GPS Tracker Watch

The GPS tracking will be crucial to endure Ben swims every bit of the 5500 miles of his journey. The device will also allow the audience to follow Ben's position and performances each day with the online SwiMap.

Rad Band

Where did radioactive contaminants from Fukushima disaster go? Thanks to a wearable "Rad Band" sampling device, Ben will filter the water while swimming and allow the researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to determine the amount of radioactive cesium all the way from Tokyo to San Francisco. One of the many research projects carried by The Longest Swim and its science partners.

Activity / GPS tracker watch

The GPS tracking will be crucial to ensure Ben swims every bit of the 5500 miles of his journey. The device will also allow the audience to follow Ben’s position and performances each day with the Live Tracker and Live Data pages.

The Discoverer

  1. The RHIB "UFO"

    UFO will be operated by 2 crew members to keep Ben on the right track, feed him, and bring him support depending on the conditions.

  2. The support sailing yacht “Discoverer”

    Discoverer is a 67ft (20 m) steel hulled sailing yacht, she was originally built as an ocean racer to take part in the legendary Challenge Business round the world race. She will host Ben and the crew, and provide a versatile working environment for the non-stop six-month expedition.

  3. GPS Trackers

    The audience will be able to track every movement of Ben and his convoy through the online Live Tracker and Live Data tools.

  4. Electric Outboard Engine

    To ensure a 6-month autonomy and reduce the impact on the environment, the convoy will be equipped with a sustainable system including an electric engine, hydro generators and solar panels.

  5. 24/7 and 360° Cameras

    To capture their story and share it to the world, Ben and the crew will be equipped with action and 360° cameras, drones, and a 24/7 recording system mounted on Discoverer.

  6. Scientific sampling

    The crew will use the equipment donated by 12 renown institutions (NASA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…), such as a net to sample plastic, and an advanced pH-meter to learn more about ocean pollution.

  7. Satellite Communications

    Ben and the crew will stay connected to land via satellite, to directly interact with the audience and share pictures and videos every step of the way.

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