Diving Deep At -36

Diving Deep At -36

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.

Diving Deep At -36

Natalia is meditating before the plunge.

Diving Deep At -36

Icicles freeze at the entrance to the cave.

Diving Deep At -36

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

Diving Deep At -36

Natalia is sitting in the dry part of the cave.

Diving Deep At -36

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

Diving Deep At -36

Diving Deep At -36

Diving Deep At -36

Diving Deep At -36

Diving Deep At -36

The main thing now is to undress very fast.

Diving Deep At -36

And get some warmth.

Diving Deep At -36

This was the shot everything was done for.

Diving Deep At -36

Diving Deep At -36

This very part of the cave is called “the Mistress of the Orda”. Do you see a silhouette of a woman?

Diving Deep At -36

Better stay home at -36 C!

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16 thoughts on “Diving Deep At -36”

    • The pictures are not conclusive, but Natalia Avseenko appears to be female: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004042/Naked-female-scientist-tries-tame-beluga-whales-arctic.html

        • One thinks of the East German women athletes, for example, who underwent heavy doping, and who developed a more masculine appearance. But also weight lifting, and protracted free diving could give her that physique.

      • 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.

  1. 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..

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