The biannual ice dive

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!!

Best dive of the year 2012: The seal encounter [video]

 

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?

Make a virtual dive on Swedish wreck Eric Nordevall

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.

Happy diving!

Read the whole article about the wreck park here.

Do your virtual wreck dive here.

Dykpark Vättern website (in Swedish).

Dolda i det djupa blå – Artikel i SvD om svenska vrak

Dagens Svd har en bra artikel om kända svenska vrak.

“Med fynden av krigsvidundren Mars och Svärdet befästs Östersjöns status som världens finaste vrakkyrkogård. Kanske vilar rester av uppemot 100 000 fartyg här. SvD berättar några av historierna från innanhavets mest spännande trävrak.”