Diving under the Ice in Russia

Michel Braunstein diving under the ice in Russia

Diving under the Ice in Russia

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After the successful campaign Silence of the Sharks organized by David Pilosof in December 2015 in Eilat, the Russian divers wanted to organize their own campaign to protect the sharks. The fact is that Russian waters are pretty different than the Red Sea and especially in the winter!! Pilo and myself then traveled in February 2016 to Sychiki in Russia (at 150km from Moscow), in order to join the Russian divers for their own “protest” dive, in the local lake, under the ice. It was quite impressing to see how they cut the 40 cm thick ice on the lake, then dive in it with a dry suit and looking at this thick and transparent ice from below! After finishing their dives, the Russian divers went into the good Russian banya (wet sauna), then jumped into the freezing lake with 3 degrees Celsius water! And here’s how it all looked like…

Picture (above) of me, diving under the ice, shot by Alexey Mikhin

Panorama view of the iced Sychiki Lake
Russian divers are protesting on the iced Sychiki Lake against shark killing
Cutting the ice on the Sychiki Lake
Olga Volgina from the dive club, Svetlana Murashkina (In Vertum magazine editor) and David Pilosof
Selfie before the dive under the ice
Olga helps to get equipped before the dive under the ice – Pic: David Pilosof
Last settings before the dive under the ice – Pic: David Pilosof
Feeling the freezing water before the dive – Pic: David Pilosof
Mahmud in hammerhead shark costume to protest against shark killing
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Alexey Mikhin shooting pictures while diving under the ice
Alexey Mikhin shooting pictures while diving under the ice
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
Diving under the ice in Sychiki Lake
After the dive under the ice, posing next to the cut ice piece. Pic: Svetlana Murashkina
What better than jumping into the lake (3 degrees Celsius), after getting out of the wet sauna, after the dive
Some also like to sit on the ice to fish through a hole they’ve done by themselves in the 40cm of ice

Michel Braunstein

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