Expeditions

At Fourth Element we work with some of the most ambitious exploration projects in the world where explorers push themselves and our gear to the limits of human endurance. In addition we are proud to support marine charities and we work with three charities dedicated to the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women through Scuba Diving.

In 2013, 2016 and 2020, we supported the US Deep Cave Diving Team’s expeditions to explore the deepest cave system in the Western Hemisphere in the Sierra Mountains of Mexico, developing mission specific thermal protection products designed to withstand nearly 3 weeks of continuous wear, several kilometres underground. The garments we created were described by the lead divers as life-saving, and have inspired the development of our industry leading J2 base layer.

We continue to support ongoing expeditions to Castleguard Caves in Canada – an elaborate cave system that can only be accessed in winter, as this requires the river at the mouth of the cave to be frozen. We have supported explorers since 2004 until the latest mission in early 2021 with thermal protection for the most extreme environments.

When the National Geographic Expedition to survey some of the deepest reefs in Indonesia realised that their biggest challenge would be thermal protection on the long decompression dives, fourth element was asked to step in, equipping lead divers with drysuits and lightweight, ultra-fast wick thermals to manage both perspiration and conductive cooling.

We have supplied similar base layer and thermal systems to expeditions to remote cave systems in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and in 2019, we supported another National Geographic Expedition to survey a High Andean archaeological site, and possible location of a submerged Inca city. Our gear has been specified by two expeditions to explore and document the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic. In fact our base layers have been worn on missions to the Titanic itself as well as ascents of Everest. We are explorers ourselves: members of our own team have participated in cave diving projects in Mexico and the search for WWI shipwrecks in Labrador, Canada.

We are a supporter of the Major Projects Foundation and their current mission dedicated to minimise the potential environmental catastrophe of highly toxic fuel oil leaking from WWII shipwrecks. This team bring divers from several countries together to survey wrecks and to plan for the safe removal of this fuel oil before its environmental impact can be felt.

We are supporters of WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation), Ghost Diving, The Coral Restoration Foundation, The Olive Ridley Project and other marine charities. We also take a great deal of interest in the use of Scuba Diving as a rehabilitation tool for injured servicemen and women. In the UK we have supported the charity Deptherapy financially, and helped them to develop their corporate identity, designing logos and apparel etc. In conjunction with the Wounded Warrior program in the USA, Deptherapy developed specially adapted scuba diving programmes and implemented them both in the UK and further afield. In the US we work with the Wounded Heroes Foundation, providing specially modified thermal protection for the participants in dive training programmes, and also with the US National Parks Survey’s Wounded Veteran in Parks programme.