STORIES MADE UNDER PRESSURE / ISSUE 01
STORIES MADE UNDER PRESSURE / ISSUE 01
“Main goal here at DeepSea Channel is to make a community for all commercial diver world wide. Making a brotherhood and a platform to gain knowledge, share experience and find information about the worldwide specter within commercial diving.”— Henrik Dahl
Henrik Dahl age (32) lives in Oslo Norway as a commercial diver class 1 surface supplied air. He started his career as a deckhand in the Norwegian coastguard. Then on an anchorhandler in the north sea. After several years on commercial vessels he decided to go into commercial diving. Henrik’s started his interest in diving at the age of 14 as a PADI open water diver. Several certificates later and commercial diving school at NYD Oslo, he started of as a underwater stunt coordinator for the movie industry with speciality in water safety.
Henrik launched Cinemarine Norway with three other partners and was part of several movie productions including James Bond franchise title, No Time to Die as well as the National Geographic broadcast series. In 2018, he started working in the oil and gas industry as a class 1 diver. Today, Henrick works in the oil and gas diving industry and other sectors of the commercial diving community in Norway.
“Main goal here at DeepSea Channel is to make a community for all commercial diver world wide. Making a brotherhood and a platform to gain knowledge, share experience and find information about the worldwide specter within commercial diving.”
Welcome Henrik and follow us on our DeepSea journey at www.DeepSeaChannel. com.
Join us on the DeepSea Channel as we travel to Mossel Bay, South Africa to study the great white shark population led by The Shark Research Unit and Scientific Researcher / Marine Biologist
Nicolaas Booyens The Shark Research Unit is a shark and marine research and conservation institute driven by a passionate team of shark experts. Come experience on location, shark r esearch, conservation and interactive education on the DeepSea Channel.
“The sighting of a great white shark next to the boat is a thrilling and awe-inspiring experience. These magnificent creatures are one of the largest and most powerful predators in the ocean, and being in their presence is a humbling experience. The sighting of a great white shark next to the boat also presents a unique opportunity for researchers and scientists to observe and study these animals up close. By taking careful measurements, photographs, and recordings, researchers can gain valuable insights into the behaviour, movement patterns, and physiology of great white sharks. While the sight of a great white shark next to the boat can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember that these are wild animals and should always be treated with respect and caution.”
Nicolaas Booyens / DeepSea Channel Research Contributor and story producer.
Nico Booyens is an aspiring shark biologist who is passionate about shark research and conservation, including other Elasmobranch species. He graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a BSc (Honours) in Marine Biology.
Currently, Nico manages the special projects at The Shark Unit facility, located in Mossel Bay. His roles includes hosting great white research students, orientating postgraduate students and managing data sets.
What I did know was that I was an angry, insecure kid with something to prove to the many people who questioned my toughness, intelligence, or ability to succeed in life. The military seemed like the natural choice for someone like me. Going to college was a non-negotiable fact of life for my parents, so I applied for and was fortunately accepted to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
While attending Annapolis, I was drawn to the caliber of men within the Special Operations community. Their physical and mental attributes as well as the tight-knit brotherhood formed through shared hardships allured me, and I made it my goal to become a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer. Unfortunately, I was medically disqualified shortly after the selection process due to my eyesight color deficiency. While I was no doubt devastated by the news, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I was able to stumble across a Navy Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer who served with the Navy Underwater Construction Teams (UCT). Through him, I was able to learn about this hidden gem of a community and made it my new goal to become a Navy CEC diving officer. Through no shortage of networking, interviews, and PT sessions, I was fortunate enough to commision as a CEC officer, complete Navy dive school, and serve an incredible tour as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for a UCT Construction Dive Detachment (CDD). My time spent as a UCT OIC has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. The men and women I’ve had the privilege of working with inside the Navy deep sea diving community are some of the finest I’ve ever met in my life, and it is truly the honor of my life to have been accepted into and served within this incredible brotherhood. Thanks DeepSea Magazine for allowing me to share my story, I appreciate everything you’re doing for the community.HOOYAH DEEP SEA!
My name is Eddie Zhang, and I am an active duty US Navy Diving Officer. I was born in rural China and moved to Japan at the age of one. When I was three, my father was fortunate enough to secure a US work visa and thereby allow my whole family to immigrate to the United States, whereby we settled in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up as the only Asian kid in my high school, I had a large chip on my shoulder and constantly felt the need to prove myself through rebellious behavior and an unrelenting worth ethic. As the only child of hardworking Chinese immigrants, my parents wanted me to pursue a stable, well-paying career as a lawyer, doctor, or banker. Unfortunately for them, I had other ideas. I didn’t grow up with an overwhelming desire to join the military nor did I ever feel the “call” to serve. Hell I barely knew anything about the military until my junior year of high school.
PETRODIVE LAUNCHES ITS COMIC BOOK TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF DEEP DIVES
TO ORDER YOUR COMIC IN ENGLISH OR FRENCH, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND A LINKEDIN MESSAGE TO COMMUNICATION MANAGER IMAN YELENA KISSANE OR DROP AN EMAIL AT COMMUNICATION@ PETRODIVE.COM.
Spreading the love of the diving, maritime, and oil and gas industries through a comic book.
20 years of the PETRODIVE story told through 40 illustrated pages by Dave Coburn, a South African Painter.
We are excited to team up with Eric Marmier, Diving Supervisor, Superintendant and ROV pilot as an off shore contributor on the original DeepSea Channel series, “Made Under Pressure.”
Eric is an experienced Commercial Diver, with an extensive background in operating both Inshore and Offshore fields. He is an HSE Surface Supplied (Top-up) Diver, D.M.T qualified and has international experience in conducting skillful gas sea-lines repairing, oil platforms maintenance, ships salvaging and marine construction.
Thank you Stéphane Troté, CEO of PETRODIVE, Stéphane Legros COO, Dave Coburn, and the entire PETRODIVE team for creating this creative and historical comic highlighting life off shore.
The Deepwater Diving Monument will recognize and celebrate Santa Barbara’s legacy as the birthplace of Deepwater Diving and will be gifted to the City by the Local and International Diving Communities.
Located adjacent to the Santa Barbara Harbor, this long overdue monument will depict a professional diver, circa 1982 “Going to Work”, wearing the locally made and world-standard Kirby Morgan® Superlite® 17 Diving Helmet. The Project is being funded by the sale of Limited Edition, Certified, Fine-Art Bronze Statuettes sculpted by California-based artist, Greg Polutanovich.
Very few people know it, but Santa Barbara, California is recognized by most international diving historians as the birthplace of deepwater diving technology. During the 1960’s, many of the Santa Barbara abalone diving industry divers began a rapid transition from air diving to deepwater oxy-helium commercial diving.
Mixed gas breathing apparatus developed in Santa Barbara was used by divers to rapidly expand the safe depth range for offshore exploration.
This development of equipment, technology, support, and training infrastructures developed by the pioneering divers in Santa Barbara rapidly spread worldwide and revolutionized the trade of both the commercial and military diver. 2022 marked the 60th anniversary of the 400 - foot pioneering mixed gas dive by Hugh ‘Dan’ Wilson, a former abalone diver, that led to the deepwater diving revoloution.
Wilson lived in Santa Barbara and cast off from Santa Barbara harbor for his historic dive in relative secrecy on the fishing vessel ‘Rio Janeiro’ on November 3, 1962
During this timeframe, the diving industry evolved from utilizing traditional copper and brass heavy-gear helmets for surface gas dives into modern lightweight headgear used from closed diving bells. Wilson’s historic dive was the catalyst that created what is known as “The Santa Barbara Helium Rush.” The technology developed in Santa Barbara rapidly spread to the North Sea, the Middle East, Far East, Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and beyond.
Wilson’s General Offshore Divers company built and launched the world’s first commercial lockout bell ‘Purisima’ in Santa Barbara in 1964.
While the concept of Purisima was advantageous, its initial use revealed several flaws and challenges that needed to be addressed. The bell’s instability in the water column required the addition of a third sphere for buoyancy to keep it vertical. This made launch and recovery difficult in most sea conditions.
The Purisma Bell has been restored and can be seen today outside the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, there’s an excellent display telling its story inside.
In Santa Barbara, Bev Morgan and Bob Kirby subsequently formed Kirby Morgan Dive Systems® and designed the mixed gas diving helmets and systems which have become the international standard for military and deepwater divers worldwide.
Since 1964, well over 90% of the deepwater diving helmets used by working divers worldwide are made in Santa Barbara. In 1968, Santa Barbara City College developed the only community college program in the United States to train Marine Technicians and divers to support this global industry.
The Santa Barbara Deepwater Diving Monument Committee was formed by local historian and founder of the Historical Diving Society, Leslie Leaney and Professor Emeritus Don Barthelmess of Santa Barbara City College’s Marine Diving Technology Program.
Their mission is to design and privately fundraise a bronze diver sculpture/monument to the pioneering local divers as a gift to the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department. The monument will provide an enduring local attraction that confirms Santa Barbara harbor’s place in history as the birthplace of international deep water ocean exploration.
Blueye has delivered technology across a vast range of customer applications ranging from dam inspections, aquaculture, ship inspections, law enforcement, wastewater & drinking water management, marine surveillance, tourism and education (to mention some). Coming from Norway serving our home market has been the focus area. Still, we are fortunate to have clients in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Q / How deep can the ROV dive?
A / The ROV can dive down to 305m (1000feet) but can be custom-built to handle dives down to 500m. We have done it for some of our customers. It’s pressure tested to handle frequent deep dives.
Q / How is the ROV operated?
A / The ROV is connected to the surface unit with a light and robust tether. The ROV is operated by connecting it to the Blueye App on iOS or Android and is controlled using an Xbox controller. The ROV can also be operated with touchscreen. Blueye Observer App allows multiple people to connect to the drone and view the video stream simultaneously. Most of the time, people see ROVs diving for the first time during our meeting.
Q. What camera is on the ROV?
A / The camera on ROV is Light sensitive full HD 1080p/30fps, wide angle lens. Read more about the Blueye cameras.
Q: What current can it handle?
A / Blueye ROV is designed for diving under challenging conditions. Operational in up to 2 knots current. But by integrating DVL to the Blueye X3, it is possible to lock the ROVs position in the water making it much easier to perform inspections in strong currents.
Q / Is it easy to perform maintenance and service?
A / Our ROVs are built to last, and we rarely have to perform service on the 1000+ units out in the market. We have also ated the Blueye Help Center, where you can find support ticles, FAQs, video tutorials, and illustrated guides to help perform self-service and solve issues independently. Clean in freshwater once you are done diving in salt water.
Q / What is the dive time using the Blueye smart battery?
A / Diving for up to 2 hours is possible using the current tery. We are also working on a high-capacity battery with dive time of up to 5 hours.
Q / How long is the tether?
A / The tether or cable with the drone in a standard package is 150m long. But you can order a 75m or 250m tether based on your use case. Upon request, we also make tethers that 500m long.
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Located in Seattle, WA, the Divers Institute of Technology (DIT) was founded in 1968 and is one of the premier commercial diving schools in the world. Learn more about the school and its rigorous training program on The Filson Journal here: https://fal.cn/3vFoP
The Mark V diving helmet is the stuff of legends. A slight glimpse of its bulbous spun copper dome, dominated by four large brass and glass viewports, instantly transports people to another realm. Created for the United States Navy as part of the Mark V diving rig, it first went into service in 1916. Designed to withstand the stresses of deep sea and salvage diving, it allowed divers to go deeper than ever before. It heralded a new phase in ocean diving, whose effects are still felt today.
While the entire rubberized canvas suit with its massive lead-soled boots and eighty-four-pound weight belt encircling the waist is an impressive sight. It’s the otherworldly helmet perched atop an enormous breastplate studded with lockdown bolts that draw the eye. Weighing in at fiftyfive pounds, the helmet provided divers with fresh air, and the all-important comms link to the surface through the numerous umbilical lines attached to the rear of the hat.
When the diver had the helmet lowered over his head, he knew that it was time to get to work. Once their assistant screwed the helmet a quarter turn into twisted its locking groove, the outer world disappeared. Looking out the metal-wrapped porthole directly in front of their face, they knew that it was up to their skills and level head to get the job done down low.
When the US Navy went to war, the Mark V became a vital part of their arsenal. In both 1917-18 and 1941-45, the suit saw considerable increases in production and use across the globe. While it is still used today by many commercial diving companies, it was phased out by the US Navy in the early 1980s in favor of the Mark 12 Surface Supported Diving System. While the new rig is impressive, it is doubtful it will ever achieve the mythical status that the Mark V has attached to it.
The Filson Journal here
THE IDSA IS THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT FEDERATES THE GREAT SCHOOLS OF DIVERS (THERE ARE ABOUT THIRTY SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD AND ONLY 10INCLUDING THE ENS - AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE THE INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA).
THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DIVERS IS LOCATED ON THE SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, IN FRÉJUS, IN THE VAR. A MODERN DIVING FACILITY PROVIDING AN EXCELLENT ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING AND ADVANCING. THE DIVE SITES ARE LOCATED 5 MINUTES AWAY BY BOAT, WHICH AVOIDS LONG TRIPS AT SEA AND OPTIMIZES TRAINING TIME. INSTRUCTORS ARE ALL DIVERS WITH EXPERIENCE IN MARITIME, OIL, INDUSTRIAL, NUCLEAR, PORT WORKS, CIVIL ENGINEERING OPERATIONS, PUBLIC WORKS AND OFFSHORE IN FRANCE.
Meet Kyra, age (22) DeepSea Magazine story contributor.
Currently living in the south of France. Kyra started her diving at the early age of 10. At the age of 18 she became PADI diving instructor and has certified students in Malta. After only one season as a dive instructor in Malta, Kyra knew she wanted more and decided to pursue her passion for commercial diving.
“As I always have been interested in commercial diving I decided to go to the Ecole Nationale des Scaphandriers in Frejus.”
1 year ago Kyra started her training half school and half work. She now works in the harbour of Monaco where she is able to gain hands on experience and knowledge in the commercial diving industry
“We do a lot of harbour work with boats, there is a lot of different worksites. I am really enjoying this even if it’s not easy everyday!”
Safe Travels Kyra - The DeepSea Team. http://www.ens-france.com
Jake grew up on Pen Llŷn, North Wales and coming from a maritime family meant that from a young age the underwater world and marine life have played a major role in his life.
As a marine biologist Jake is the Project Coordinator for Project SIARC (Sharks Inspiring Action and Research with Communities) / Angel Shark Project: Wales. Project aims to better understand the Critically Endangered Angelshark and other are sharks, skates and rays off the Welsh coast.
As an underwater videographer he aims to share the the range of marine life and habitats found beneath the waves along the Welsh Coast and further afield. Footage has featured on BBC and Discovery Channels Shark Week.
Q: Can you tell us what a typical day is like.
“No two days are the same. As a diver it’s great to be able to work on a variety of different jobs that being media as a safety diver, scientific diving or light commercial work completing underwater surveys or maintenance work. It’s always exciting to have the variety, working in new locations and with different teams to complete the underwater tasks in hand. Heading below the surface you never know what you’re going to see, as a marine biologist I’m always on the look out for different species and behaviours which can make good shots or better to complete different sequences which tells the story of the particular species or habitat. What’s really special is when both passions of diving and marine biology combine together to showcase the marine environment, particularly the Welsh coastline.”
“As a Project Coordinator a lot of my time is spent carrying out engagement work with fishers, communities to help better understand the focal shark species off the Welsh coast such Angelshark. Tope, Stingray and Spurdog. Fieldwork is mainly limited to the summer months due to unfavourable weather conditions in the winter. But, fieldwork does include completing exciting surveys such as deploying Baited Underwater Video System (BRUVs) to provide an insight to the species found below the surface. There is also lots of time infant of computer screens doing data management and analysis.”
DeepSea Channel welcomes Jake Davies to the our video production team and digital magazine as a story contributor.
Follow Jake on IG @jdscuba
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