Jun 20, 2008
We decided to play hooky yesterday afternoon late in order for Hans to do a rebreather checkout dive in preparation for this weekend. Assuming that the Americans will lose the Saturday games in the Mundialito, Hans made plans for Sunday to go assist with a Free Diving competition as "deep support" so he'll have to be under the water in case any of the free divers pass out. If one passes out under water he will attach a lift bag to them and send them up so surface support people can work on them.
He hadn't dove using his rebreather in quite a long time. The rebreather recycles his exhaled air by running it through a chemical "scrubber" that removed the CO2 and then returns the breathable air to the loop with a little added oxygen (or something like that, don't quote me on it). The problem with them is that they're large, and if you're into cave diving they are quite often the wrong tool for the job when you want to get into small spaces.
Anyway, we went so Hans could practice his buoyancy, since it's a totally different process than diving regular scuba set up (or open circuit). I went along to practice my underwater photography skills, which are currently undeveloped, because I'd like to take photos of Hans and Patrick assisting this weekend.
So we headed to Cenote Chac Mool. It's just a little ways South of the entrance to Puerto Adventuras and is actually a set of three cenotes. There's a nice cavern line there and we didn't want to complicate things by taking all this extra equipment on an actual cave dive, so Chac Mool it was.
There's lots of algae growing on top of the water, which is different from your usual crystal blue cenote, but makes for some pretty cool pictures. You might have to click on the picture to see the swirly patterns on the surface of the water.
Because we were already sort of "task loaded" (had too many pieces of equipment) we decided not to bring the ginormous flashes that stick out from the side of the camera. As you can see, more light would have been nice, but we got some cool silhouette photos.
I like how these have a sort of other worldly quality- like space or something. The light was pretty cool, too.
Please note that if you are open water scuba trained, you can hire a cave guide to take you on a cavern tour. Make sure that you are properly trained before you even think about entering an overhead diving situation. Also- I'm no expert and I'm not saying it's ok for you to do this, so don't sue me if something happens to you and other legal, covering my butt for posting these pics, stuff.