A local woman will attempt to set a new world record Sunday.
Lindsay Scott, a resident of Farmington who is originally from Fort Smith, will try to set the record for the fastest time to put on and take off a scuba wetsuit. She said back in January, she set some New Year's resolutions for herself, one of which was to set a world record.
"I just wanted to have a world record, any world record," Scott said. "I thought it would be cool to have a certificate, and so, if you go on their website, the Guinness World Records website, they have a list of all these thousands of records that people have set, and I was browsing for a couple of weeks, and I just couldn't find anything that I liked or thought that I could break. So I contacted Guinness directly, and there is apparently a second option where you can work with them to create a brand-new record. ..."
Scott said she and Guinness World Records went back and forth for about seven months, trying to find something that would interest both of them, as well as something that other people might be interested in breaking in the future. Scott has been diving since she was a small child, so she wanted to keep the record in the realm of scuba.
"... But also, since I'm a clothing model (for Walmart), I'm really good at getting dressed really quickly, so we tried to combine everything together, and that's what Guinness and I have come up with," Scott said.
Scott's goal will be to put on and take off the wetsuit in under 60 seconds. A University of Arkansas at Fayetteville alumna, she said her attempt to set the record will take place in the HPER Building at the university at 1 p.m. Sunday. The event will be open to the public free of charge.
Scott described the process to make the event happen as "in-depth."
"I mean, there's all this paperwork with Guinness, there was all this paperwork with the University of Arkansas, finding local officiants," Scott said. "There had to be an attorney and a police officer and a lifeguard and witnesses and scuba experts and this, that and the other, so it's just been a really long process. I mean, I've been working on this since February trying to get everything organized. ..."
Scott estimated she and Guinness came up with the idea for the record around June. She was officially approved to attempt to set it around August, during which she began trying to figure out exactly which wetsuit would be the best for her to use. After obtaining a wetsuit, she has been trying about once a week to see what she could do.
"... But it's also up to my discretion what I wear underneath it, so I was trying it with a swimsuit, I was trying it with, like, Under Armour, and I finally found this really nice, like, it's kind of like a wetsuit," Scott said. "It's like a jumpsuit. I actually kind of look like a bobsledder in it. It's like a full body bobsledding jumpsuit, and it just makes it really easy to get the wetsuit on and off. ..."
Lately, Scott has been practicing every day at home to prepare for Sunday. She will give herself three tries to achieve her goal during the attempt.
One of the sponsors for Sunday's event is Huish, an outdoor sports company that gave Scott a Bare 5mm Evoke wetsuit made of neoprene, which she called, "top of the line," to use for her attempt. Scott's other sponsor is the Ocean Impact Dive Shop in Fort Smith. Scott said the shop helped her with the necessary insurance and some of the lesser equipment, such as the jumpsuit she will wear underneath her wetsuit, among other assistance.
When asked what makes putting on and taking off a scuba wetsuit quickly a challenge, especially at the speed Scott will attempt, Miller Scott, part-owner of the Ocean Impact Dive Shop and Scott's father, explained a wetsuit is designed to fit one's body.
"It's not cutting off blood flow, but it does reduce the amount of water flow," Miller Scott said. "... So if she's wearing a proper wetsuit, it has to fit her, and it's neoprene rubber, so neoprene in itself, while this is nice and stretchy, neoprene, the nature of it, is that it sticks to whatever it touches. The plus about this is they have new interiors for some of the newer style wetsuits. ... They will absorb a certain amount of water, but it's helped to retain it there between your body and the neoprene, so it allows it, being more stretchy now than it used to be and having these interiors that are a little slicker than the old wetsuits that I grew up with. ..."
Miller Scott said knowing what he knows about wetsuits and their evolution, the task his daughter will attempt to do would have been impossible a short few years ago. It is now only impossible for most people.
The UA HPER Building where the attempt will take place is at 155 Stadium Drive in Fayetteville.