Ok, big thanks to Swedish public televison broadcaster (SVT) who spoiled us with diving films the last week. Here is a link to another cave diving documentary. This film is about an expedition aiming at finding a passage through the Jarbru cave in Norway.
Swedish television just aired a documentary about a cave diving project, “Bjurälven”, in the north of Sweden. Due to extremely high water flows, the cave is only accessible for divers in the winter time. Which in northern Sweden can be quite cold. As you can imagine, this makes exploration of the cave quite difficult. As an example, the team has developed special heaters just to keep the regulators from freezing up.
More information on Expedition Bjurälven can be found here.
On Saturday I went ice diving. It is now two years since I got certified and this time I joined another group taking the PADI ice diver course. I brought my camera and came away with this short video showing how much fun we had despite the cold water. We actually had -1°C!!
Recently I was asked to identify my best dive of 2012. This time it was easy. The seal encounter during my trip to Väderöarna on the Swedish west coast. It was amazing!
Towards the end of a dive at “Trolleskär” my buddies saw the seal of which I, the only one of us carrying a camera, only caught a glimpse of. Camera was off of course…
Hoping that the seal would return I turned on the camera and we lingered in the same spot for a few minutes. Finally we gave up and continued the dive.
However, at the safety stop, one of my buddies is deploying his SMB, with me filming for future reference and feed back, luck strikes for real!!
The very curious seal returned and circled us, nibbling at our fins. What an experience! Although only a couple of seconds on film, it felt much longer in real time. Definitely the best dive of 2012 and a great reminder of the adventures that can be found below the surface!
So, which was your best dive of 2012?
Since videos are a great source of inspiration for me I am constantly on the look-out for good clips. I was particularly happy to find this amazing video of the wreck of the German cargo ship S/S Helga Ferdinand, produced by Northsea Explorers.
S/S Helga Ferdinand sank after being attacked by British airplanes, while traveling in a convoy along the Norwegian coast in November of 1944.
The ship lies at a depth of 40 – 65 meters in a sheltered part of the fjord that surrounds Bremanger in Midt-Gulen, Norway.
On Vimeo, Northsea Explorers explain that “the 4 minute vid is a result of 5 dives on the wreck with bottom times ranging from 30-45 minutes, over 2 hours with footage, six divers, bringing the total divetime close to 400 minutes.”
Working with suggestive lighting of the wreck and very nice camera movements, the result is nothing short of spectacular.
The team is currently working on a documentary on the legendary German cruiser “Blücher“, which sunk in Norway during WWII.