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Extreme IT pros go diving with sharks, all in the name of charity

Last week two daredevil IT professionals decided to test their mettle and join us for a nice afternoon dip… along with the largest collection of sharks in Europe.

You may remember that we recently ran a competition in which we offered the prize of a once-in-a-lifetime dive with sharks at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port.

Entrants were asked to share our rad Extreme Servering video (below) on social media, and doing so meant that they would not only gain an entry into the competition but also raise money for our charity partner Duchenne UK - for every share of the video, we would donate £1.

What on earth is Extreme Servering?

That’s a good question.

We feel that IT professionals live and work on the frontline of every UK business. Working ungodly hours behind the scenes to make sure business-critical systems remain up and running at all times. Teaching themselves incredibly complicated and technical programs. Helping to keep colleagues’ internets turned on, without the slightest appreciation from end users. In fact, other departments probably have no idea what they do or why they do it. But they’re the ones that get all the flak to when things don’t work as they should.

If that doesn’t sound like extreme working conditions, we don’t know what does. Essentially we think the IT department is the most extreme department in a business, and should be recognised as such.

The shark dive

We were joined by Nigel, an Applications Support Specialist at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Steve, Network Engineer at CDN Networks.

After some extensive scuba training, the perilous pair got the chance to swim for half an hour with Sand Tiger Sharks, Nurse Sharks, a Lemon Shark, a Zebra Shark, Guitar Sharks Southern Atlantic Stingrays and much more.

Here’s some footage from their day:

Hear me roar

We’re going to keep on highlighting the extreme nature of IT professionals, because we think every business in the land needs to understand the true, irreplaceable value of the department.

I’m an extreme serverer, hear me roar!