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Antarctica 100" expedition - diving in a volcano and setting a depth record

A group of Russian divers made a record-breaking dive to a depth of 97m inside an underwater volcano. This is a new world record for diving in extremely cold water. The fact that the Antarctic volcano is still active adds further spice to the whole affair! According to the participants of the expedition, it was
Published: January 6, 2015 - 17:46
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 09:22
Antarctica 100″ expedition – diving in a volcano and setting a depth record

A group of Russian divers made a record-breaking dive to a depth of 97m inside an underwater volcano. This is a new world record for diving in extremely cold water. The fact that the Antarctic volcano is still active adds further spice to the whole affair! According to the participants of the expedition, it was an important test of their diving techniques.

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The expedition participants set off in December from the port of Ushuaia in Argentina and headed south to Shetland. The aim of the project was to test new methods of safe diving at considerable depths in extremely cold waters and to test new equipment that is still in the testing phase.

After a cruise of several days, we managed to sail to Deceptive Island. This is where the volcano is located, which was the site of the dive and the record breaking. Although the dive was planned for 100m, only 97m was reached because… the divers reached the bottom and there was no possibility to continue.

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“The previous depth record when it comes to diving in Antarctic waters was 20m. No one has ever dived deeper, so our descent pushed this limit relatively far. We made a total of 2 descents to depths of 97m and 45m,” said Dmitry Schiller, who participated in the expedition

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The dive bottom time was scheduled for 5min. This allowed for testing of new equipment and collection of seabed samples. The ascent including all deco stops took 71min. The lowest recorded water temperature was -3°C.

During the expedition, a new automaton and a dive computer were tested. Both components are of Russian manufacture.

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As the expedition members admit, typically with this type of diving, the hardest part was not the dive itself, but the safe return home.

“We had to sail through a field of small icebergs that were almost invisible from the surface. Maneuvering in this section was very dangerous, especially since we were leading the whole expedition from the deck of a sailing yacht. It was a very difficult three days.” – explained Schiller

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The expedition crew consisted of 10 people. The youngest participant was 18-year-old Valery Saleyev, and the oldest was 48-year-old Andrey Filippov.

Representatives of the Antarctica 100 expedition have already applied for their record to be recognised by Guinness, and in the meantime the record has been recognised by CMAS, which the Russians insist is by far the more important accolade for them.

Source: rgo.ru

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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