Monday, October 8, 2007

The Dive Locker

It's hard to believe that anyone would willingly go into the water when down here, but several groups do. The sea water is a brisk -2 C (28.4 F). At that temperature, the divers use a dry suit instead of the more conventional wet suit. Divers also wear an inner insulated suit to fend off the cold. Even so, most dives are only 20-30 minutes in duration because of the cold.

Below are photos of the dive locker in McMurdo Station, where everyone stores their gear.

Paul and Jessica are our group's two divers. You can see one of suit liners to the right. They are holding the actual dry suits.

A forest of regulators. (What is the collective term for regulators?)