Tomis – the ancient underwater city:
Tomis – the ancient underwater city:
Acest scurt videoclip educational, realizat la epava You Xiu, are rolul de a va arata posibilitatea existentei unor curenti de suctie/expulsie in jurul deschiderilor in epave. Aceste miscari de ape sunt extrem de periculoase, deoarece pot apare aleatoriu, in anumite zone ale epavei si in anumite conditii meteo. Necunoasterea lor precum si neacordarea atentiei corespunzatoare pe parcursul scufundarii, poate conduce la evenimente neplacute sau chiar la accidente grave de scufundare.
Watch this short educational video and pay a great attention whenever you are doing a wreck diving (with or without penetration) as openings may create strong unexpected and dangerous “in & out” surge.
Urmatoarele asigurari de scufundari pentru scafandri, familiile lor si calatorii sunt disponibile (click pe photo pentru link):
The following diving insurances for divers, their families and travels are available (click on photo for link):
Los siguiente seguros de buceo para los buceadores, sus familias y viajes están disponibles (haga clic en la foto para el enlace):
updated: July 2020
Trecerea Ecuatorului de la Nord la Sud – 13 Martie 2013 (in apele Indonesiei) la bordul navei de expeditii pasageri “Clipper Odyssey” in charter “Zegrahm Expeditions” (Seattle, USA).
Equator crossing from North to South on March 13, 2013 (Indonesia) on board the expedition cruise ship “Clipper Odyssey” in charter by “Zegrahm Expeditions” (Seattle, USA).
Doua scurte video clip-uri despre experienta scufundarii la -145m din perioada Iunie 07 – Iulie 06, 2013 cu Team Blue Immersion (Dahab, Egypt).
Two short video clips about my -145m dive experience from June 07 – July 06, 2013 with Team Blue Immersion (Dahab, Egypt).
Romanian version (english version below):
Pe parcursul a doua intense saptamani (07 – 22 Iunie 2013), impreuna cu Team Blue Immersion – Dahab, am participat la cursul Trimix Master Class – un curs de scafandri tehnici special conceput pentru depasirea adancimilor de -120m.
Cursul a constat in sesiuni de teorie si de practica dupa cum urmeaza:
Sesiuni intense de teorie a gazelor, algoritmilor de decompresie, procedurilor de scufundare, managementul gazelor, lucrul in echipa, END, HPNS, ICD, planificarea scufundarilor cu V-Planner-ul, pregatirea echipamentelor etc.
Sesiuni de antrenamente si mai intense in apa de mica adancime (-10 la -21m) in care s-a lucrat cu configuratia de 2x20l otel (dublele) + 5 x 11l aluminiu ca stage-uri. Configuratia echipamentului a fost conform recomandarilor DIR.
Software-ul folosit pentru calcularea scufundarilor a fost V-Planner cu GFS85.
Au urmat o serie de scufundari in care adancimea a crescut progresiv: -45m, -75m, -110m, -117m, scufundari executate fie in “The Bells” fie in “The Arch – Blue Hole”.
Scufundarea de final la adancimea de -145m a avut loc (Iunie 22, 2013) la locatia cunoscuta sub numele de “The Bells”, la cativa pasi de Blue Hole (Dahab, Egypt). Parteneri de scufundare: Kathrina – o diverita norvegianca extrem de dura si Jonas Samuelsson – conducatorul si creatorul cursului TBI Trimix Master Class. Scafandru de suport la -60m Robert Stepien. Suport la suprafata: Salah Sobih & Mansour.
Sase (6) minute a durat coborarea de la 0 la -145m (mai exact 5 minute si 10 secunde) – incluzand verificarea de la -5m si NOTOX-ul – schimbarea de gaz de la -9m. De ce mentionez asta? Pentru ca, in opinia mea, sunt “cele mai comprimate” (daca pot spune asa) 6 minute pe care le-am avut vreodata in viata! Senzatia este de 6 secunde si nu de 6 minute. Coborarea este absolut spectaculoasa, peretele vertical imens care porneste de la jumatate de metru peste nivelul marii si se opreste undeva in abis iti tai respiratia. Din loc in loc, caverne sau mari crestaturi verticale iti dau senzatia ca esti undeva pe o alta planeta in spatiu. Este un sentiment care nu poate fi exprimat in cuvinte dar care, asa cum am spus, comprima si da o alta notiune timpului!
Undeva intre -80m si -90m, pe o mica panta, tuburile de snokerl si mastile de scufundari, unele dintre ele acoperite deja de viata marina, ne aduc aminte de pasiunea comuna cu freediverii pentru adancime.
Ultimele 3 opriri de deco (-9m, -6m si -3m) sunt in zona intrarii (iesirii) in “The Bells”, un mic acvariu natural, cu sute de pesti colorati de toate speciile, loc tocmai bun pentru relaxare pe parcursul zecilor de minute de decompresie.
Temperatura apei a fost de +22degC la -145m si de +26degC la ultimul stop de -3m. Protectie termica: costum uscat Northern Diver trilaminat si subvesmant Fourthelement dry-base din doua piese. Vizibilitatea sub apa… lejer depasea 40m.
Tmpul de fund (bottom time-ul) a fost de 1 minut. Intreaga scufundare a durat 139 de minute, computerul de scufundari (de back-up) Shearwater Predator (cu GF 30/85) facand ultimele ajustari (de ordinul catorva minute in plus fatza de tabelele folosite si create de V-Planner GFS85).
Configuratia de scufundare a constat in 2x20l otel (10/60) + 4x11l – stage-uri de aluminiu cu gazele de decompresie (14/56, 20/50, 40/30 si 80%).
Fotografii de la intregul eveniment sunt postate pe pagina personala de Facebook.
Experienta acumulata, calitatea informationala si dotarea technica a TBI – la superlativ!
In anul 2013 implinesc 10 ani de cand am inceput scufundarile recreationale (2003 – PADI OW – in Barcelona) si 7 ani de cand le practic la nivel profesional (August 2006 – PADI Divemaster – in Mallorca & March 2007 – PADI OWSI – Barcelona/Aiguablava).
During two intense weeks (June 7 to 22, 2013), along with Team Blue Immersion – Dahab, I attended the Trimix Master Class diver – a technical class diving designed to overcome the depth of -120m.
The course consisted of theory and practical sessions as follows:
Intense sessions of gas theory, algorithms decompression, diving procedures, gas management, teamwork procedures, END, HPNS, ICD, planning software with diving with V-Planner, equipment preparation, etc..
A very intense training sessions in shallow water (-10 to -21m) in the configuration 2x20l (steel, doubles) + 5 x 11l aluminium stages cylinders. Equipment configuration was as recommended by DIR.
The software used to calculate the dive plans: V-Planner with GFS85.
A series of dives in the depth increased progressively: -45m,-75m,-110m,-117m, divings executed either in “The Bells” or in “The Arch – Blue Hole”.
The final diving at a depth of -145m was held (June 22, 2013) at the location known as “The Bells”, a few steps from the Blue Hole (Dahab, Egypt). Diving partners: Kathrina – a norvegian diver extremely tough and Jonas Samuelsson – the leader and creator of TBI Trimix Course Master Class. Support diver at -60m: Robert Stepien. Support surface: Salah Sobih & Mansour.
Six (6) minute lasted to descent from 0 to -145m (more exactly, 5 minutes and 10 seconds) – including the checking at -5m and the NOTOX – exchange gas at -9m. Why I mention this? Because, in my opinion, are “the most compressed” (if I can say that) 6 minutes I’ve ever had in my life! The feeling is 6 seconds and not 6 minutes. The descent is absolutely spectacular, the huge vertical wall, beginning at half meter above sea level and stops somewhere in the abyss cut your breath. From time to time, large caverns or vertical cracks gives you the feeling that you’re somewhere on another planet in space. It is a feeling that can not be expressed in words but as I said, compress and gives a different sense of time!
Somewhere between-80m and-90m, on a small slope, snokerl tubes and diving masks, some of them already covered by marine life, remember us about the common passion for depth we share with the freedivers..
Last 3 deco stops (-9m, -6m, and -3m) are in the entrance (exit) of “The Bells”, a small natural aquarium with hundreds of colorful fishes of all species, a very good place to relax over very long decompression minutes.
Water temperature was +22 degC at -145m and +26 degC at the last stop at -3m. Thermal protection: Northern Diver trilaminate dry suit and undergarment Fourthelement dry-base in two parts. Visibility under water … in exceeded of 40m.
The bottom time was 1 minute. The run time dive was 139 minutes, dive computer (back-up) Shearwater Predator (with GF 30/85) making the last adjustments (a few extra minutes compared with the tables used and created by V-Planner GFS85).
Configuration consisted in 2x20l steel (10/60) + 4x11l – aluminium stage decompression cylinders (14/56, 20/50, 40/30 and 80%).
Photos from entire event are posted on my personal Facebook page.
The experience, the quality of information and the technical equipments of TBI – in the superlative!
In 2013 I celebrate 10 years since I started recreational diving (2003 – PADI OW – in Barcelona) and 7 years since I became professional (August 2006 – PADI Divemaster – in Mallorca & March 2007 – PADI OWSI – Barcelona / Aiguablava ).
Picture 1: Eu si profilul afisat de Predator / I and the Predator’s -145m dive profile.
Picture 2: Kathrine, eu si Jonas dupa scufundare / Kathrine, I and Jonas after the dive.
Picture 3: Jonas, Rob, Kathrine si eu – inainte de scufundare la centru / before the dive at the TBI dive center.
Picture 4: the abyss.
Picture 5: cilindrii folositi pentru scufundarea la -145m / the cylinders I used for the -145m dive.
From the website of Team Blue Immersion – Dahab Divers Technical:
-125 meter plan executed this week
This week (and the next) is mixed gas heaven for all. Katherine and Costa is taking the Trimix Master Class and been preparing using double 20l steel tanks and 5 deco cylinders. Their dive series after 10 or so hours of shallow water drills is 75 meter (completed today with 60 meter vis in the Blue hole) followed by 110 meters (18th), 125 meters (20th) and final dive 140 meters (22nd).
Team Algeria with Mares and Cressi Distributor Aly and Khaled completed first 100 meters in the Blue Hole and after that Jonas and Aly completed two dives together. 125 meters on the 13th and 155 meters on the 15th. The 155 meter dive was conducted @ Bells deep wall and had a run time of 3 hours. The dive was the deepest ever conducted by an Algerian and was in preparation for a 165 meter dive that is going to be conducted in the Med outside Algeria later this year. The team consisted of Aly and Jonas (155m), Aron (deep support), Khaled, Costa and Katherine (shallow support). Thanks to all!
Morad and Khaled completed advanced nitrox followed by Deco Pro and Extended Range with Erik, Hakan and Katy. Today is the first deco dive in Canyons to 40 meters.
Ben and Naomi conducted tech dives with us as well earlier this week and Ben completed full face mask instructor course and Naomi did among other things full face mask intro dive.
Rob and Damian did a few guided tec dives together in various sites (today Canyons) and Anne (last name Blue – how cool is that) is starting Tec40 today with Aron.
So its been a great week with lots and lots of spectacular deep dives. Thanks to all support divers and support crew (esp Salah and Mansour) that made it all possible!!!
Next week: more deep trimix diving… 110-125-140 meters!!!
Kathrine & I a7 -75m: The Arch (Blue Hole, Dahab).
Diving in Raja Ampat with Zegrahm Expeditions & mv Clipper Odyssey during the “Best of Indonesia II” trip.
Video in Full HD.
A fabulous expedition into the asmat people territories. Ex-headhunters (until 1950’s), they showed us some of their tradition regarding the canoe ceremony.
As part of the Zegrahm Expeditions Staff, I had the opportunity to record and edit this video in HD. Enjoyable viewing!
March 21, 2013.