Report by Michal Palkovic, TecRec Trimix Instructor
On the 6th of February a team of Slovak DSAT technical divers of DiveINN Dive Center, planned and successfully executed a long distance ice dive using passive semi-closed rebreather unit. The dive was conducted on a frozen lake Guláška, approximately 30km north from the Slovak capital city Bratislava.
DiveINN Dive team members regularly trained together for the past 3 years. For this dive the logistics and preparation started on 20th December 2009. The dive was planned as a continuous no-decompression overhead ice dive for a distance of 2120 meters.
The team was split into two in-water support groups that accompanied the four technical divers. First group accompanied the divers for the first 250m and the second group on the last 250 meters. Two other dry support teams ware prepared in case of any emergency.
The dive went exactly according to the plan and all four divers ascended after 112 minutes without any difficulties. No such event has been safely performed by PADI/DSAT divers in Slovak history.
Total distance: 2120m
Dive Time: 112 min.
Maximum/Minimum water Temperature: 2/0deg;C; Ice Thickness: 20cm; Maximum depth: 14 meters; Breathing gas: EANx50 and EANx40; pSCR unit: AEGIR (RB80 clone)
2km Dive Team Members: Michal Durinda, Matus Galovic, Ondrej Szitas, Michal Palkovic
1st Dive Support Team Members: Andrej Szitas, Akos Fazekas, Jan Korytar 2nd Dive Support Team Members: Csaba Vegh, Laco Zobor, Michal Toth Dry Support: Tomas Milko, Miroslava Pinkavova, Michaela Kucerova, Zdenka Dzurikova