AFA National Depth Challenge: Day 2

Sunny and Warm

Sunny and Warm

Trista begins her CW attempt

Trista begins her CW attempt

The morning started much like every other has here in Tulumben; warm, sunny and with beautiful clear water. The last of the trade winds could be felt this morning, and a fine chop stirred the surface ever so slightly. Again, the locals greeted us at sunrise with their beautiful wooden longboats. I am constantly impressed as to how they handle the oceans and the beaching they endure!

The second day started with the same amount of eagerness, with the second diver for the day Ant Judge (AUS) completing a new National Australian Record in Free Immersion (87m). He looked powerful and committed on the descent, and after some courageous will power and some expert coaching saw the white card cleared and ecstatic Ant claim the new title. After an unsuccessful attempt yesterday, Ant quipped that there was no coffee down there, so he came back early. After today, if you see this man... buy him a coffee!

"I remember looking over at one of the safety divers and shaking my head, and thinking at one point, ah no... what have you got yourself into Ant" - Ant Judge

The following divers pulled off some incredible feats, with white cards narrowly missed on two of the other deepest dives. Surface protocol means the difference between claiming a record or starting over again, regardless of making it to the depth announced or not. I have not doubt the following attempts will come back with white cards.

The following are some of my shots from the day (Including one or two pics from the last week). Looking forward to some free time with the divers so that I can get my lights back onto the rig and light the place up. Still so impressed by the determination of even the shallower divers. A depth that seems very achievable in practice becomes immensely deeper in the mind when a group of spectators, officials and safety divers are all watching your attempt.

Best wishes for the last day of competition tomorrow!