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How Do You Stay Sane for Months at Sea? | The Swim

How Do You Stay Sane for Months at Sea? | The Swim

As the crew of Seeker progresses on their expedition on to raise awareness for ocean health, they must brave rough weather and long hours of strenuous duties in tight quarters. Being on this boat is a bit like being in
a spaceship. What I miss the most from land is all the
sounds, all the smells, music in the streets, cars, voices of people that you don’t know,
the smell of good food. The smell of cheese. All the fresh products. Members of the crew keep themselves
sane with strict routines, secret snack stashes, books, movies and games. But the games swimmer Ben Lecomte has designed for himself are much more than entertainment. They help keep his mind occupied through eight hours of swimming. It’s not a game that I can teach to a person. It’s hard to explain but it’s using pictures that represent to me some certain numbers
and making a series of numbers that I remember by the pictures. When Ben swam the Atlantic in 1998, solitude and exertion took such a toll on him that he took a 6-day hiatus in the Azores. Now, with a bigger support crew and a family waiting for him at home, he’s learned to lay out his thoughts for the like an outfit. I go back to the previous day and try
to focus on what went well and what I could improve. Then after that first hour, when I am warm, I am at the right pace, and I will pick another subject up. My son never windsurfed, so for me, one
activity I would like to do with him is to teach him how to windsurf. I go through all the detail that will bring
me there and try to live that moment with them. Not only does Ben have these mental games, but he’s also being watched closely by machine learning specialist Eduardo Marques. I was wondering if we are able to understand
the balance between fatigue and performance. I want to understand which kind of variables
in terms of sociological, in terms of physiological, psychological and environmental affects
Ben’s performance and Ben’s fatigue. To get a baseline reading of his personality and anxiety levels, Ben took some initial evaluations where he scored high
on visualization and resilience. You can see that the cognitive scale is 17,
the somatic scale is 9. And the self confidence is 27. So Ben has more or less high level confidence,
and a low anxiety level so far. Every day, the crew the crew captures videos and photographs of Ben after his swim to send to Eduardo. You need to take one image from Ben, the entire
body, just to analyze the posture, and another one, just the top view of Ben, to analyze the
facial expression. Also, a small video log where Ben is
able just to look at the camera and express what he’s feeling, what he’s doing. The first step of this is to try to extract
meaningful information from all these sources. Human Activity Recognition, the idea
is to try to understand human behavior with the different sources that you might have. For images and video, I’m using computer
vision techniques to extract Ben’s emotions. We’ll have data from his nutrition, from his
physiological condition, the interaction between Ben and the crew. We’ll have the weather conditions, the sea
conditions, the wind conditions. We will have also the logbook, the distance
that Ben was able to travel on that day. Eduardo’s model will measure the relationships among these variables, and verify which combinations affect Ben’s mental health the most. He will work with psychological analysis expert Sébastien Montel to check if the model’s predictions are correct, allowing the program to learn and improve over time. For instance, does waiting out bad weather like a typhoon increase Ben’s mental fatigue, or jumpstart his motivation? There was a little bit a few weeks ago, when
we had rough weather. And he just stayed here on deck screaming at the ocean, but this was very, very impressive, very powerful. It wasn’t a depressed screaming,
it was really like “Yeah, we’re gonna do it! Yeah!” I’ve never felt depressed, or low. Of course there are moments that are very difficult and challenging but I look at it in a bigger picture. I think Ben holds himself really well together mentally. Swimming through all the plastic really motivates
Ben to keep going. The fact that since day one, we’ve been seeing trash
everywhere, every day, I think for him has been very, very sobering. He knows that every
stroke he does, it’s just one more step forward to raise awareness on
these issues. It’s reinforced my determination and my conviction about the problem that we have with marine plastic debris. Be sure to visit to read daily updates from Ben Lecomte, track his progress in real time, and watch more videos about the science happening onboard Seeker. Click here for this next episode, and don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “How Do You Stay Sane for Months at Sea? | The Swim”

  1. Kind of hard to be depressed during intense physical activity. Don't want to offend anyone though go ahead and take your pill.

  2. What did the sea say to the shore? Nothing it just waved! Do you think sand is called sand because it is between the sea and the land?

  3. I am not scared of the sea or anything,it's just that the idea of being sorounded by nothing except deep sea water sends shivers down my spine

  4. He's still out there everyday! Astounding. I hope that found detritus is being collected if for no other reason than the principal.

  5. For all you
    land lubbers.
    The SEA has a Love for those whom go forth.
    And, that Love gives you the understanding of your knowing of Love for each next day.
    Many whom Love the Sea,
    can't even swim to save their Lives.
    And, yet, the Love of the Adventures of the SEA remains.

  6. Your title question: How do you stay sane for months at sea?

    My answer: Try asking an actual sailor, or anyone in any naval service. I mean it's not like we haven't been doing this for hundreds of years if not thousands worldwide.

  7. That's one thing I hadn't thought of, regarding the sounds of land. All you get at sea is the sound of water the boat and birds.

  8. Its sad really. He is doing this to raise awareness about ocean health, but you'll never hear about it on main stream news.

  9. Really wish they would stop doing these "the swim" videos. Are they even popular? I don't understand how they could be. It's just a guy swimming next to a boat! And then when he gets tired he gets back on the boat lol. I usually skip all these videos, and only watch the real science videos. This is just a silly stunt. I would be way more impacted by ocean health, if you showed us garbage floating in the ocean! Lol I would literally rather see garbage than "the swim".

    Edit: OMG they have a machine learning expert analyze his posture and facial expressions? And then a psychologist makes predictions with that data? This is beyond pointless and ridiculous! Psychology is a pseudoscience! This is just a stunt targeted at brainless idiots!

  10. Im single and dont even like to socialize much. I could survive at sea no problem. People socialize too much nowadays, they cant live without interacting with others.

  11. I served for 20-years on US Navy submarines. We routinely spend over 3 months submerged at a time. The boats I served on had my deploying twice a year, for an average of 7 months a year spent underwater.

  12. Join the pack it out initiative. Or start to clean up wild areas near you. It will not get done unless someone does it.
    Take your children and teach them the importance of keeping our environment clean, and using environmentally friendly products.

  13. I wish every episode of “the swim” will include some notation of the route and their current location of the crew

  14. This series keeps bringing me to some parts of science I'd never though were related to that swim! This is my favourite series from Seeker by far!

  15. You guys better find a cure to cancer or HIV/Aids with the amount of your focus you're boring us all with here. SO excited for him to reach shore and for this to be eradicated from your daily videos. Find a scientific link between 'the swim' and the shits I don't posses to give. How about we do 'The Walk' next? lmao

  16. Hell it takes a lot of mental fortitude just to do a few extra laps when you bodys screaming no. A few extra hours or weeks must be daunting.

  17. Sheesh! An eight-hour swim every day!
    I get bored sh*tless doing 30 minutes on a treadmill!
    As for swimming – I can make it about 20 metres or so before having to grab the side of the pool, gasping for breath! This guy's a legend!
    *No way* could I swim in the open ocean anyway. It would scare me sh*tless not being able to see the bottom of the sea, and that's without even thinking about **sharks**…….

  18. What do you guys do with the plastic that you find while aboard Seeker? Do you keep it or throw it back? How do you store it all?

  19. If you think more about it.. he is contributing more than anyone. Research for so much stuff. Awareness for ocean health. Damn

  20. Well, I could easily live alone and stay mentally strong without any side effects. We all more or less different, others are more different than others.

  21. seeing brave men like these, can't even stand to describe how WORTHLESS pathetic miserable INFERIOR insecure you are eric schmidt! keep living your remaining depressed anxious old life as a wimpy old COWARD till you die that way! totally USELESS american intimidated worthless old worm!

  22. It would be so great to pack these videos up and send them back in time to the 1950's. Its sad that nobody will get to see the world again the same way people did back then. Also I wonder what that banana that went extinct tastes like. There's going to be a lot of things future generations will miss out on if this keeps going on.

  23. Fruit Fruit Fruit. Organic dry fruit can be soaked. Org frozen fruit is also like any fruit brain food, a natural anti depressant.
    Organic oatmeal also builds dopamine and serotonin levels, keeping it balanced. Sun ☀️ without sunblock and sunscreen.
    A natural sunscreen is organic raw food grade coconut oil, it has a natural SPF of 4-6. Is non toxic to humans, ocean and fish.
    Daily mouth oil pulling and moisturizing skin, hair and scalp. Especially with hard physical and mental exhaustion up the fruit intake at least 50 percent. It energizes every cell in the body. Look up fruitarian 100 mile runners ?‍♀️ for more info.

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