KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/FKNB) – An attempt to set a new world record will begin Friday morning in the Florida Keys.

Associate Professor Bruce Cantrell and Adjunct Instructor Jessica Fain from Roane State Community College in Tennessee are to begin a planned 73-day underwater living mission in the Jules Undersea Lodge underwater habitat, positioned about 30-feet deep in a Florida Keys’ lagoon in Key Largo.

While underwater, they are to host a weekly live online program about marine science open to all students via YouTube and Cantrell is to teach a college credit class online for Roane State students. The project is dubbed “Classroom Under the Sea.”

The duo also hopes to set a world record for the longest human underwater habitation.

The current record is 69 days and 19 minutes, established by Rick Presley when he resided at Jules in 1992.

The Florida Keys News Bureau contributed to this report.

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