16 Diving Deep At -36

Diving Deep At -36

Posted on December 28, 2012 by team

It was a really cold photoshoot! They made it in the Orda cave of the Perm region of Russia when it was -36 C (-32.8) outside!

According to the legend the Orda river has a spirit who helps divers in difficult situations. This became the main idea of the photoshoot. They decided to invite a two-times world champion in free diving Natalia Avseenko to play the Mistress of the Orda in the waters of the cave.

The temperature of the water was +5 C (41 F) and it was as hard as hell.

Natalia is meditating before the plunge.

Icicles freeze at the entrance to the cave.

Under the costume of the Mistress of the Orda she has a 5 mm diving suit.

Natalia is sitting in the dry part of the cave.

Inside the cave the temperature was -24 C (-11.2 F). Could you smile as well?

The main thing now is to undress very fast.

And get some warmth.


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16 Responses to “Diving Deep At -36”

  1. Olgomoniwski says:

    Are you sure that this is à lady? Look at the jaw. I can imagine that “it” wanted to play Mistress.

  2. Dgo says:

    How deep it is?

  3. Faith Gorodki says:

    “Better stay home at -36 C!”
    That’s when the garden party begins.

  4. Nic says:

    Man’s hand, Jaw hands, man stuff in super cold water. Don’t hold my beer i Can’t do that ! :]

  5. Captain Obvious says:

    Incredible photos!

  6. Fred Johnson says:

    Yep, pay no attention to that sign.

  7. Russiafan says:

    How does she ward off hypothermia? Maybe in part this is because of her exceptional physical condition?

  8. Nergol says:

    How does water stay liquid at -36C?

      • supplyme says:

        No. Sea water freezes at about -2°C. The water is still liquid at -36°C because that’s the AIR temperature. Water has a very high heat storage capacity, which means it takes a lot longer to cool than air. That’s why the water temperature is still above 0 (5°C) even though the upper water layer may freeze up due to the direct contact with the cold air, thus forming an ice layer on the surface.

  9. BHC says:

    Why is the sign only in English? Is this not a cave in Russia? Shouldn’t the sign also be in Russian and other languages? I have read that many people from around the world go there to dive. And die..

  10. Vandenis says:

    Very nice work and stunning pictures! Big thanks for dedication!

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