Divers all over the world have been drawn to the underwater world by the sense of exploration and adventure that inspired many of our great ancestors such as Jaques Cousteau, Sheck Exley and Rob Palmer to descend into the unknown and discover what is there.

The development over the past few decades of technical diving, both on open circuit scuba and rebreathers, has given us the tools and knowledge to push the boundaries even further. This allows deeper wreck and cave diving, with much longer penetrations and extended bottom times. It gives safer decompression profiles, for exploring even more of the exciting unknown.

Our curiosity to explore the unknown wreck site, cave system, or deep reef, is in our blood. Techniques and equipment will evolve even further with time but our desire to discover the unknown will always be the same.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Graf Zeppelin Trip Report

Friday 1st June Day 1. Finally get on our way to Hel, Poland to dive the Graf Zeppelin, Hiltlers Aircraft Carrier. Leave Torrevieja at 12.30 on way to Bilboa to pick up Alvaro, van is already looking full and we havent even picked up Mr Sidemount and his cylinders.

Arrive in Bilboa after following Alvaros directions that he sent to Roberto via the phone. Should have known to tell Alvaro to meet us somewhere, but no, it is far better to get lost in the middle of an unknown city after driving for 10 hours non-stop.

Meet with Alvaro, and off to get his kit. Seems more than we were expecting! Also seems like the cylinders are magical as no-one is rushing to stack them all in the van, its like watching the council road workers back in Blighty!!

Ok everything is loaded, Alvaro looks pleased with himself, Mike is looking a bit concerned, not sure why, it might have something to do with the tow bar that is almost touching the floor.Time to adopt the tactful approach!!! Whats that small J-cylinder doing in the back of the van?, how many tubs of sorb do we need to take with us?, why have we got so many tool kits?, get them all out, and lets start again. Roberto and Joaquin are enjoying the adjective use of certain 4 letter words and the intercambio lessons we were going to do seem to have got off to a good start.

At last now lets go and get some food and get on the way, we are already 6 hours behind schedule, good job we left an extra day to get there. Leave Bilboa at 12.30 in the morning after a Ground Hog Day experience, i am sure we went past the same shopping mall 6 times just to get one scabby overpriced sandwich!!

Cant believe it, after having nearly 40 degrees all day long now we are entering a bloodty storm!!!! End of a perfect day.

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