Diving To 100ft…Indoors

Sure you can do that deep scuba dive in 47 degree Fahrenheit water off the California coast. Sure you might get to see some kelp, marine life, and spectacular rock formations, but 47 is just 15 degrees from freezing. Why not dive indoors in a balmy 86 degrees? Ahh, but you wondering how you can get a deep dive in a 10 feet deep swimming pool?

Make way for Nemo 33 in Uccle, Belgium, the deepest pool in the world. 108 feet to be exact with “two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5 m (16 ft) and 10 m (32 ft)”. A circular pit allows you to visit Davy Jone’s Locker. There is also multiple “caves” you can explore. The pool holds 2.5 million liters of non-chlorinated spring water. Every other week the water is lime-flavored and bubbly as well. And with 2.5 million liters of water that will surely dilute out the urine.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

10 Replies to “Diving To 100ft…Indoors”

  1. Cool – Now when do we get some of those in the USA? I might actually get up to diving if I can get to one of those.

  2. ..and when she got there, the Locker was bare…!! I don’t know about you guys, but for me the point of diving is to see the algae, fishes & inverts!!!! Concrete I can see without getting wet. As for lime flavoured bubbly…..yeah, right.

  3. As much fun as it might be to see the wildlife, I have visions in my head of some strange, man-created diving labyrinth, full of strange areas and paths and whatnot. Even, perhaps, an underwater museum. Of course, safety exits and stuff all around to avoid drownings from stupid or lost divers, but still.

    Imagine going through an underwater area lit only by black lights and flourescent stuff all over the place..

    And of course, the games you could play! Brings a whole new dimension to “Marco Polo”

  4. I thought of that too, but then thought of how messy it would make the water, reduce visibility and probably cost alot in cleanup/filtration.

  5. Throw in a few aquarium style features like a giant shell and a castle, and some caverns, ( and paint the walls!) and it’d be a hoot.

    Perhaps I just harbor a longing need to get in touch with my inner goldfish.

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