Fly with the fishes aboard the pri­vate sub­ma­rine

DE­SIGN Per­sonal lux­ury goes very deep

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY LI HAO­HAN

A cer­ti­fied wa­ter sports trainer and coach, as well as an ath­lete who has rep­re­sented the Mal­dives in wind­surf­ing, Mr. Hus­sain Zahid has never ven­tured far from the wa­ter. In 1998, he founded Ocean Group Pvt Ltd, cre­at­ing a plat­form on which peo­ple can dis­cover and pur­sue their in­ter­est in wa­ter sports and div­ing. Through the years, Ocean Group has run some of the most in­no­va­tive wa­ter sports, div­ing, and leisure pro­grams, of­ten in part­ner­ship with lux­ury re­sorts around Asia. The com­pany is known for main­tain­ing a sus­tain­abil­ity and eco-tourism fo­cus while de­liv­er­ing unique ex­pe­ri­ences. Ocean Group is also a dis­trib­u­tor and ser­vice provider for ma­jor wa­ter sports and boat­ing brands such as Deep­F­light Su­per Fal­con 3S Sub­ma­rine. Most re­cently, it part­nered with Deep­F­light to launch the Su­per Fal­con 3S, a pi­o­neer­ing sub­ma­rine that en­ables pas­sen­gers to ex­pe­ri­ence un­der­wa­ter flight, at Four Sea­sons Lan­daa Gi­raavaru in the Mal­dives. “The Deep­F­light Su­per Fal­con 3S is a bat­tery-op­er­ated sub­ma­rine; it runs on recharge­able lithium-iron-phos­phate bat­tery pack,” ex­plains Mr. Zahid. In ad­di­tion to the pi­lot, the three-cock­pit ve­hi­cle can take two pas­sen­gers, he say. In­side, the pas­sen­gers can stretch out their legs, and sit com­fort­ably un­der in­di­vid­ual glass domes for a 360 views of their sur­round­ings. The sub­ma­rine can fly at dif­fer­ent speeds and tilt for a glimpse of var­i­ous un­der­wa­ter spec­ta­cles. Made of light­weight, high-strength com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als, the sub­ma­rine is cer­ti­fied by Lloyds Reg­is­ter for safety, and is equipped with state of the art tech­nol­ogy. “It is pos­i­tively buoy­ant,” ex­plains Mr. Zahid, “and will au­to­mat­i­cally float to the sur­face in the un­likely event that it runs out of power.” Deep­F­light Ad­ven­tures ex­cur­sions At Four Sea­sons Lan­daa Gi­raavaru flies two pas­sen­gers at once for about an hour un­der­wa­ter. Each pas­sen­ger must weigh 265lbs (120kg) or un­der, and stand at 6.4ft. (1.9 me­tres) or un­der. Chil­dren aged seven and above can ride the sub­ma­rine, pro­vided they are at least 1.2-me­tres tall. Pre-book a Deep­F­light Ad­ven­tures ex­cur­sion on www.ocean­group.mv.

MS.YAS­MIN ZAHID AND MR.HUS­SAIN ZAHID

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