Before putting on the dive gear we needed to cut openings into the ice layer which was about 1.50 m thick. We all thought this might be a 30-minute job but it actually took us over an hour to get the holes as the should have been.
While cutting them we learnt our lesson - that the ice is constantly moving - and we had some scary moments when the ice cracked somewhere on the lake and created a sound on the surface like a thunderstorm. Later under the ice the sound got even more weird and made us realize just how strong and massive nature can be...
As already stated, it was our first day under the ice, and while we were getting used to the cold air we enjoyed how "warm" the 2°C water can be.
All the team's experts have hundreds to thousands of dives under their belt but it was like we expected: Everything was new and thrilling, but also everything was different!
While experience in diving helps a lot, we also learned that extreme conditions are challenging for both the divers and the equipment!
We were all very happy to learn that only the human factor had been the weak point of our expedition while the MARES equipment
Despite our personal shortcomings, we did work incredibly well as a team and helped each other to compensate our weaker moments in this fascinating but incredibly beautiful world!
Learn more about our new challenges tomorrow!
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team
17th February 2017
Oltrek Resort, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
Also by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team