Another day at Triple Depth 2008
Dahab’s freedivers woke up to a windy morning in the blue hole. Thankfully, this meant that the air temperature has finally dropped to more manageable levels. The results were imidately obvious when Erika Shagatay came to check the athletes oxygen saturation and heartrate: mine had dropped to 54 compared to 75 the day before.
Announcements were considerably deeper today and had freedivers quickly in the 50’s. Martin Wikstrom from Sweden stood out with an announced depth of 57m: a pb for the man who discribed himself a "stubborn“. He proved this during an incident in training recently: when the Swedish buoy was forced into a bad position on the reef due to overcrowding in the blue hole, his buddies repeatedly warned him not to dive deep because he might encounter the reef. His stubborness prompted him to ignore this advice he was later seen in Aqua Marina restaurant, bleeding from his head and foot. The authors are still awaiting reports on the condition of the reef after this head on collision...we will post a full result on who’s head is harder: the coral head, or Martin’s head as soon as the apropriate study has been completed.
Richard Wonka of Germany, who had an issue with a super slow surface protocol, speeded up his recovery breathing from 3 breaths in 15 seconds to three breaths in 6 seconds, and pulled a clean 51m pb out of the hat.
Judge Lotta Ericsson ditched the blue-suit-yellow-t-shirt-yellow-mask-miss-Sweden outfit she sported yesterday in favour of a Vegas-style ensemble involving a blue suit, pink cowboy hat and luminous yellow mask. We are looking into possible psychological damage caused in freedivers who were greeted by this vision imediately after surfacing.
Camera operator and general help in all circumstances Dean was busy doing a gret job at batting off snorklers who were trying to clamber onto the wonderfully stable looking platform. They turned around and mostly proceeded to climb onto the reef...
Rahel, who was well focused and had psyched herself up for a big dive to 50m, got involved in a discussion the judges were having at less than two minutes to her official top. Aparently this argument involved whether she would be allowed to dive or not, since she had been on the line a little late...with only 30sec to go she found it hard to recover her cool and started her duck dive without her noseclip. In an amazing feat witnessed by the author through binoculars, she managed to keep herself clear of the water at the last second, put on her noseclip and dive before the -30sec were up. Unfortunately she could not relax enough on the dive and turned early. Fellow freedivers advised her to take the Herbert approach in the future: ignore any discussions, do the dive, and just say: „it was time to dive“ afterwards.