|We have a fantastic cold period here in Holland. Everybody starts ice-skating and have a good time. As you know we Dutch love a few things: Cheese (I certainly don't !, wooden shoes and .... wind mills! Are they beautiful! Picture made by my brother in law Patrice!|
|Ice scating have to be learnt youngh!|
|these days are superb here in the Netherlands!|
|OK, when you plan a ice dive the most important thing we learned from the Swiss people. There is a certain dog-type that carry there own bar. In this case we took the bar with us, so we had a drink after the dive ;) (this darling is 10 weeks old and has a very small barrel unfortunately)|
|First Ivo checked the depth and we found 0,75 fathom. Not deep enough. Your webmaster (with chainsaw) decided to find at least 1 fathom diving depth!|
|After cutting the famous triangle we prepared the dive using all kind of regulated traffic signs|
|Here you see the way it should be: A triangle, pilones, traffic signs and a ladder.|
|The local police arrived and checked the spot. We where allowed to continue!|
|The Ice thickness for these dives is 160 mm, wich in fact is still critical depending on the number of spectators|
|Alex is preparing his icedive. He is one of the divers who had to confirm to us it was worth all the trouble.....|
|Peter was the second diver and linemaster.|
|Seems to be OK|
|Axel reports, temperature OK 4 degr C, visibility = nihil so OK too|
|Annemarie was looking on with teeth chattering|
|Hans could only laugh about that,....|
|They are a nice couple|
|This is a regular view when diving in Holland, people on skates' think you are out of your mind.....|
|Now the real diving starts. Tino and Rita are ready for there icedive 2009|
|Looks a bit like a Christmas stable|
|YBODS beneath the ICE|
|Imagine you are on the ice ......|
|Returned to the basis|
|Now ruud, ivo en me made there dive. I took my camera to show you the incredible underwater scene of Holland!|
|For this occasion I used my dry suit. It was very uncomfortable......|
|Camera, Rebreather, Let's go..|
|hello, it's me|
|ha die ruud|
|ivo, your next present is a new ty-rap|
|(Ivo's daughter) Pappaaaaaaaaah- pappa-paaappaap---paaapa we could hear it through the ice!|
|I'll be back soon darling.......|
|what do I do here?????|
|back on the basis again. We still had to close the hole. When you are invloved in putting back a couple of hundred kilo's of ice you must think how to do this when you are the diver doing this........ ;))|
|Goodbye from the Netherlands!|
|My small red cat 8 kg was waiting all day.....fish??|
WARNING!! This is a LONG, DULL dive report of some stupid Dutchmen
doing something silly. You have been warned.
You can STILL hit the “delete” button…. END-OF-WARNING.
Once in a while you have to do something silly. Or stupid. Or both.
Like: once every 11 years. Because 11 years ago it was the last time the Dutch waters were frozen enough to skate on it. Or dive under it. Both dangerous and sort of silly/stupid.
Which is EXACTLY why we embarked on it!
“We” is JanWillem Bech & friends – 8 divers & audience. 1 x Classic Inspo, 3 x Vision Inspo, 4 x OC. Our usual North Sea wreck-diving group, this time hunting for…. well – ice.
We went looking for our original selected diving spot, only to find out that icebreakers had ruined it in order to keep a lane open for boats (Why!?!?!? They have the rest of the year already to pester our diving spots with ships. Can’t they just keep a short holiday…?).
So we packed it up and went to the next spot, a diving club with its own small lake, which was separate enough to cut a hole in it. (In this time of the year, you do NOT get very popular if you cut a whole in the middle of a skating rink). A short Police visit confirmed we could go ahead with ruining the ice.
JW was well prepared, and within 15 minutes his trusty chainsaw (now probably completely ruined….) had cut a nice big triangular hole in 16 cm thick ice. Depth check: a “whopping” 2 meters of water between ice and muddy bottom. Not exactly a depth record, but most likely a low-viz record….
We “borrowed” some stuff from around the spot, including some nice red-white traffic-control poles to indicate to unsuspecting skaters that this was NOT the place to be.
And we even found a nice left-over ladder to ease the going in & out of the water!
The diving went quite smooth. We had 50 meter signal lines to allow us to get far away from the hole, to (slightly) less murky water. It is quite intriguing so see people walk on top of you, and waving to you.
The silence of the rebreathers even allowed us to hear them!
The Inspo’s were boring. They refused to follow Mrs. AM and Mr. AD’s advice to pack up on us. They stubbornly did what they were supposed to
do: do their job without any problems. Quite frustrating….
SO….: I decided to raise the ante a bit, and challenge my own Inspo a bit further.
After having finished my dive, I had to walk back to shore on the slippery ice. I guess you can see where this is going…. Thinking, “steady, steady”, I wasn’t steady at all for a brief moment - and made “The Mother Of All Crashes” on the ice.
Image a 190 cm long, 100+ kilo, white-haired guy with some 40 kilo’s of kit on his back, crashing full-speed on his left shoulder. Highly NOT RRRecommended! I was actually surprised the ice didn’t break...
It must have caused a quake of at least 4 on Richter’s scale, and unfortunately one with level 7 in my left shoulder. I used some words that Gordon’s profanity filter will for sure NOT let through here. After my lovely wife Rita & support-diver Hans had taken the kit off me, I could examine the damage. Inspo:Tino = 1:0. As in: Kit was 100% o.k., despite the yellow/black case having taking a huge knocker, chasing it off its hinges, but no breaks/bends/cracks. Good stuff!
I can also tell you that the new battery box is not very prone to battery bounce. Forget all those small lab(rat) tests, dropping it from a measly meter or so on soft, warm water.
This is the REAL thing. I suggest it should be added to the new
1. take one big bulky stupid unbalanced Dutchmen;
2. fit working Inspiration to cloggy;
3. put combined assembly on frozen, slippery icy surface;
4. kick the legs from under him, or let him do the job himself (so
5. plug ears for hard bump & subsequent nasty words;
6. ignore injured diver, if necessary silence him with brute force;
7. observe readouts of controllers C1 and C2 on handset: they
should still be running o.k. ….
Unfortunately my left shoulder most certainly did NOT pass EN14143, or in fact any other test. Once adrenaline had faded, my left wing was rapidly invaded by pain and lack of operational use. Subsequent photo’s in the hospital luckily did not seem to show breaks, so it must be “just” ligatures and (what is left of) muscles, AND my pride, that is hurt. Let’s hope it all gets usable again, as my skiing holiday is lurking in two week’s time.
Bottom line and lessons to take away:
- Ice diving in itself is not dangerous;
- Similar to flying, the dangerous part are take-off and landing.
In my case especially the landing;
- The Inspo is way stronger that the human parts it is attached
- You shouldn’t do these things anymore on my age;
- It is very hard to give “the finger” if you cannot successfully
lift your left arm;
- Drinking ability also gets severely hampered when you cannot
lift your arm;
- Hence drinking and crashing with full Inspo-kit on frozen water
are proven to be incompatible.
‘ Nough said. JanWillem has already sent a link to this List yesterday with some photo’s on www.therebreathersite.nl
<file://www.therebreathersite.nl> as “proof” we were actually stupid
enough to pull this off…
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