The Lady of Orda Cave
Two-time world champion free diver Natalia Avseenko ventures deep into Ordynskaya Cave in Perm, Russia, one of the longest and biggest underwater gypsum caves in the world. She dressed as the mythical Lady of the Cave, a spirit who protects divers inside the “natural cathedral”. Orda Cave previously
posted by apricot
on Jan 28, 2013 -
Today it is an economic and even geopolitical necessity for oil companies, in order to maintain pipelines and offshore rigs, to send divers routinely to depths of a thousand feet, and keep them at that level of compression for as long as a month at a time. The divers who do this work are almost entirely male, and tend to be between the ages of twenty-five and forty. Were they any younger, they would not have enough experience or seniority to perform such demanding tasks. Any older, and their bodies could not be trusted to withstand the trauma. The term for these extended-length descents is “saturation diving,” which refers to the fact that the diver’s tissues have absorbed the maximum amount of inert gas possible.
posted by jason's_planet
on Jan 19, 2013 -
About 800 meters (a half mile) above sea level is Grüner See
(Google maps), or Green Lake, fairly centrally located in Austria. Named for the emerald green color of the lake
, which is the setting for nice hiking trails, camping and fishing in the fall and early spring when the water is lowest
(Google auto-translate, original Austrian site
), and a popular cold water diving location in the late spring through summer
as snow melts and increases the water depth up to 12 meters (~ 40 ft), submerging trees
for a few months, allowing you to swim around park benches, over hiking trails and past fish
(Vimeo | more videos
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 14, 2012 -
"Local marine experts believed the problem could be solved only if it could be determined why the sharks were venturing so close to the beaches. This meant finding someone with the knowledge, expertise, and courage to spend an extended period of time in the water with the animals themselves, unraveling the mystery. They called Belgian Fred Buyle, the world's foremost shark tagger, a gifted free-diver able to hold his breath for seven minutes and swim to depths below 300 feet." Meet The Shark Whisperer [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jul 8, 2012 -
Raising the Dead
:'At the bottom of the biggest underwater cave in the world, diving deeper than almost anyone had ever gone, Dave Shaw found the body of a young man who had disappeared ten years earlier. What happened after Shaw promised to go back is nearly unbelievable—unless you believe in ghosts.'
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 17, 2012 -
At 300 feet, the pressure is so extreme that your lungs shrink to the size of oranges and your heart beats at less than half its normal rate to conserve oxygen. You lose some motor control. Most of the blood in your arms and legs has flooded to your body’s core as the vessels in your extremities constrict. Vessels in your lungs swell to several times their normal size so they won’t be crushed by the incredible pressure. Then comes the really hard part.
[Open Your Mouth and You're Dead
posted by vidur
on Feb 12, 2012 -
Like a "modern-day pirate," 75-year-old Ray Ives has been diving for sunken treasure for decades. Wearing an ancient, bronze-helmeted diving suit, he searches the ocean floor and keeps a huge collection of marine salvage (including antique cannon balls, 'bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear') in a shipping container "museum" at a British marina.
Ray: A Life Underwater: Vimeo
. (A short film documentary.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 23, 2011 -
Shallow diver breaks world record for paddling pool jump.
"A US shallow diver has broken his own world record by swan-diving 36ft (11m) into a paddling pool containing just 12in (30.5cm) of water.
Darren Taylor, also known as Professor Splash
, dived into a pool of near-freezing water in Trondheim, Norway, making the jump his 13th Guinness certified record.
Mr Taylor, who is from Colorado in the US, has 25 years' professional high-diving experience and works as a stunt diver." Via: BBC
posted by Fizz
on Mar 18, 2011 -
Want to create a video of a steady stream of divers simultaneously using the 10 and 3-metre platforms at the diving pool? Get a lot of fellows together, or just Fake It
(SLYT; 3.43). Original site
posted by bwg
on Jan 2, 2011 -
Rising up from deep within the aquifer, cool clear water flows from hundreds of springs that dot the Florida landscape. Florida springs
are natural wonders that are threatened constantly. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Dec 24, 2009 -
"To pedal the 3700 kilometres of open water from Cape Verde off the west coast of Africa to Barbados in the Caribbean should take around 50 days..." Engineer and machinist Ted Ciamillo has built a human powered mini-submarine
, designed around a larger version of his Lunocet carbon-fibre "tail" for divers
, for an Atlantic Ocean crossing
.... The "SubHuman
posted by Kronos_to_Earth
on Jan 29, 2009 -
At the Beijing Olympics this summer there is a camera that follows divers through the air until they hit the water's surface in glorious high-definition. The DiveCam was originally invented by Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam, and was first used in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. What new technology made this innovation possible? The power of gravity and pulleys
posted by HaloMan
on Aug 14, 2008 -
Seventy four years ago, something happened
off La Jolla Shores, California, that changed the world of ocean recreation forever. An invitation-only group of watermen, the Bottom Scratchers
became the founding fathers
of free diving. Although the club would eventually grow to only 20 members, the men did everything they could to grow the sport and teach others how to spear fish, keep a good spear gun or get lobsters and abalone on breath-held dives.
posted by miss lynnster
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Having served as a troop transport in WWII, a luxury liner, and a sea cadet training vessel, the Texas Clipper
will come to her final resting place tomorrow
as part of an artificial reef in the Texas Gulf. During preparations for sinking, a long lost mural (1 2 3 4
) by Saul Steinberg
, best known for his work at The New Yorker
, was rediscovered hidden behind wallpaper and paint and saved from a watery grave.
posted by Orb
on Nov 15, 2007 -
In the August edition of Outside Magazine, Tim Zimmerman
chronicles the story of divers Deon Dreyer and Dave Shaw. Dreyer, a 20-year-old experienced diver, died in 1994 while exploring Bushman's Cave in Boesmansgat, South Africa, the third deepest cave in the world. In October 2004, Dave Shaw, while diving to the bottom of Bushman's Cave, discovered the body of Deon Dreyer and, tying a line to him, promised to recover the body for Dreyer's family. A few months later, in January 2005, Shaw died in the attempt
, unintentionally filming his own death
. Both bodies have since been recovered.
posted by Moral Animal
on Aug 3, 2005 -
Might as well be Friday, really, especially in Texas where we're shutting down the state due to snow. Here's a fun, free online game where you can make penguins dive all day long without getting tired (you OR them). Highly reminiscent of playing too hard for too long doing the same thing over and over when you were a kid, except you don't have to wait for your turn. Or come home in wet, cold clothes crying. You're Everypenguin.
posted by sparky
on Dec 22, 2004 -