Some people might think that scuba diving is an extreme sport in and of itself. And for some people it is extreme. With its inherent risks, the sport does have the potential to be more dangerous than your average hobby, but with the proper training, equipment, and techniques, it can be quite safe. For some people, scuba is apparently too safe. They need more excitement. They need more thrill. They are taking scuba to a whole new level of extreme.
As if the two sports weren’t risky enough, some genius decided to combine skydiving with scuba and the results are nothing less than insane. Think about it: you have to gear up with parachute as well as a BC and regulator. I’ve never skydived before, but I can imagine the equipment protocol that they have to go through. The safety checks and double checks. Scuba divers have a whole litany of safety procedures to undertake as well, and the two combined would present a dizzying checklist. And to actually jump from a plane at altitude and then make the transition to scuba gear before hitting the water—it’s crazy but someone has to do it!
Ice Diving to Celebrate the New Year
Russians can be pretty strange when it comes to cold water. They’ve invented the polar plunge, so it only makes sense that a few intrepid divers from the Russian Far East would pull off a stunt like this one. To ring in the New Year in style, a group of divers submerged to the bottom of a frozen lake in minus one degree Celsius temperatures just to drink some champagne (underwater) and dance around a new year tree (in Russia they decorate a tree for New Year’s Eve). It probably won’t do any good to ask this, but I will anyway: Why? The answer: Because they can.
Russian Divers Plunge into Antarctic Volcano
And speaking of the Russians…and of cold water…who wouldn’t want to dive into an active volcano in the frigid waters of Antarctica? That’s exactly what a team of Russian divers did in early December. A group of ten hearty divers took to the icy waters of the south pole and broke some records along the way. They went deeper than anyone else has ever dived in Antarctica, 97 meters, and did it in record time. The water was so cold and deep, the divers had to change air tanks along the way and ascend very carefully to avoid decompression sickness. The most challenging part of the journey: sailing back home through a sea of icebergs.
Glow Diving Gaining In Popularity
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Okay, so this isn’t exactly taking diving to extremes, but it is extremely cool. Lately there’s been a trend in scuba called Glow Diving. Basically it’s this: countless species of coral and other sea life can reflect light in a process called fluorescence. The sea floor lights up with amazing colors and luminance on a nightly basis and we humans have been blissfully unaware of this for thousands of years. Luckily someone figured out that by using special blue lights and hand held filters, we humans can observe the brilliance of fluorescence. Glow diving occurs all over the world, but some of the best is in Phuket, Thailand.
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