Congratulations to Ashley Chapman, who on May 4, 2012 broke the Constant Weight No Fins World Record with a dive to 63 meters (207ft) at Performance Freediving’s Deja Blue competition in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands!
The record was previously held by multiply World Record holder Natalia Molchanova who made a dive to 62 meters in 2009.
View from a virtual dive on ericnordevall.se (Photo by Erik Rådström)
The work to create a historic wreck diving park in Swedish lake Vättern, with one-of-a-kind wreck Eric Nordevall as the main attraction, was chronicled in X-ray mag this summer.
Now, in an effort to increase public interest in generating the dive park, the team has launched a website allowing visitors to make a virtual wreck dive on Eric Nordevall. By logging in at ericnordevall.se you can se a spheric photographic representation of the wreck, allowing you to look around the wreck from the center point, with additional still pictures of certain details of the wreck.
The cool thing is, if you have an iPad 2 or an iPhone 4, you can use the motion control to direct your view.
Read the whole article about the wreck park here.
Do your virtual wreck dive here.
Dykpark Vättern website (in Swedish).
Titan I missile silo from Dan Warter (DCS Films) on Vimeo.
This has to bee one of the coolest dive sites ever. You like going back in time by diving on a wreck? How about returning to the era of the cold war by diving in a Titan I ICBM underground missile silo?
The Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was one of the first strategic ICBMs built by the USA. Developed in the 1950s, the titan I missiles were about 25m tall and weighed 15o tons. Carrying a thermonuclear warhead with a 3.75 megaton yield (250 times that of the Hiroshima bomb), the Titan I missile had a range of about 11500 km. The Missiles were stored in “Missile complexes”, each containing three underground launch silos with a control center and living quarters for the approximately 140 people working there. Decommissioned in 1965, the site is now abandoned.
But join up with the folks at Undersea Adventures in Kenwick, WA, and you can dive the missile silo too! This one definitely goes on my top ten “must do dives”.
Painting of a Titan I missile silo complex
More information on the Titan I missile can be found here and here.