Project

Nepal – here we are

And so we land into Nepal. Greeted by our good friend Anup, the place seems like a home away from home. Getting stuck in traffic and moving 300 meters an hour is a pretty good reality check and a reminder we are not home and this is a place to practice inner serenity and tolerance. Not as much hard core as India in terms of being late, but well ahead of our standards, we end up wasting a few extra days just on travel and bureaucracy. After all is said…

European depth championship / Kas Turkey / October 2017

And so the long awaited Europeans in depth arrived. By default our national association was late with applications and our faith was uncertain till the last minute. In the end they actually pulled it off and almost sent the whole team. This is an amazing achievement, even though this is their only focus and business target of the year, because on the pool champs they managed to miss the application, flights, budget, team… But divers are not the ones to hold a grudge so we did great and made them…

3, 2, 1, dive!

The dive day turned out to be a challenge from several angles not at all expected by the divers. All was just late enough for us to have one and only chance for a dive. And a special bonus to make things a bit more dramatic, there is no UW escort from safety divers and the line is not marked as we requested and agreed. Sadly, the only consistency remaining is that everything can be compromised, so we pretend to be unsurprised and play along. The first one to be…

Twisted perception of the oxygen deprived

Well, it did turn out that under ice environment was the only peaceful place around. After arriving to the location at Weissensee and having the first contact with the world under the surface of ice, we were thrilled. Everything going smooth, visibility great, not as cold as expected and all together our hopes were high and things finally started to look good for the diving party. But, eventually, we need to get up for air, have some rest, and this is where the reality kicks in. And kicks hard. Our…

Almost there

The day has arrived and we almost met the departure deadline. By almost, meaning we are roughly 9 hours behind. That’s all good, we managed to try out and balance the new suits. Almost. We had a decent meal. Almost. We had a good rest and had a stress free day. Well now, let’s not push it. Not even almost there in that department. But, the bottom line is, we have arrived at the lake, and are looking forward to get under the ice tomorrow. Could possibly be the only…

Steaming Preparations

To be out of shape is pricey if you are attempting a freedive under ice, but to look cool is priceless if you want to make headlines. That’s why we had to accept our managements eager wish to stage some photos in Talasoterapija Opatija and sacrifice eating and actually prepare for the dive. Even though we never made any headlines, there were some benefits from the tests we did there, mostly from contacts with the expert sport doctors who showed interest to participate in projects like this in the future,…

Press conference passed

On the opening of the Nautica fare we have had a press conference to represent the Arctic breath project to the public. The whole thing was ingeniously organized so even the overpriced official shirts arrived late, along with the wetsuits heavily stamped with our alleged sponsors. The suits broke instantly due to the inadequate print, and the whole plan had to be rapidly changed, of course with fighting, screaming, stress and all the things a freediver needs a few days before the main event. All this didn’t matter all that…

The project

The project is conceived as an attempt to break several world records, and verify existing “wild” demonstration records as new records. We are pending authorization for 3 categories and have been approved to break 3 categories by Guinness  – a global record keeping agency. The disciplines are all freediving under ice under different circumstances. Bringing up details soon. The location of the dives is conditioned with rigid propositions which, among other, require the minimum ice thickness to be 30 cm with stabile conditions. In order to meet the criteria and…

Freedivers and ice diving

The records will be attempted by Lidija Lijić (www.lidijalijic.com), multiple world record holder, European and World freediving champion and Vitomir Maričić (www.vitom.ir), a versatile athlete whose last years have been marked with global extreme sport and adventurous projects. Preparation of this project is highly complex and uncertain due to the virtual impossibility to simulate external conditions during the attempt. This will be the first under ice experience for both divers. Freediving is distinct for the fact that the dive is done in a “single breath”, which creates a great psychophysical…

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