Meet Brendan Walsh, Professional Poo Diver
Brendan Walsh runs a commercial diving business in Melbourne and spends his days in all sorts of no-air environments, with a small part being sewage.
Sewage diving in Australia is essential because we use bacteria instead of chemicals to break down the solids.
Big stirring machines run 24 hours a day and moving parts constantly break, which is when Mr Walsh’s business is called in to repair them.
"It’s more thick than normal diving and you can’t see anything no matter what. It’s more like walking than swimming when you get down there.’
Employees wear fully encapsulated suits when they dive down into the sewage, which blocks out the nasty smells you would expect to find.
‘You can’t smell anything, all the air is bottled. If you do smell something you’ve got a problem.’
‘We founds lots of false teeth but mainly male and female hygiene products. When we come back out we often have condoms hanging off you. People also don’t chew their corn.’