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All claiming: "he could have died", quoting the scuba doctor that saw the BO on film and also said "he is lucky to be alive". In a semantic sense both comments are true. But fact is: he could not realy have died and it was no luck involved only the safetysystems we have to bring BO athletes to the surface.

Never check a good story.

The doctors email (in case you need some advise on apnea issues): goran.landahl@ vgregionen.se

Short summary of Nordic Deep 2007 10-19 august

* 85 meters depth, close to land.

* More than 10 nationalities present.

* 50 athletes from 10 countries judged by 7 judges in 10 competitions during 5 days with 264 performances. Two heavy LMCs in the pool. 4 national records.

* This years event was visited by three science team: Olle Sandelin doing earscans, Erika Shagatay with team measuring spleens and Johan Andersson looking for effects of squeeze. At one point we had four doctors in the house.

* Olle photoed 30 pair of ears seeing 2-3 that where unfit for diving and five of the 30 managed to equalize without producing any force in a "nose blow force measure device".

* Erika talked about the history of freediving and showed that the spleen release can give you up to 30 second of "oxygen".

* Johan showed alarming results from last years comp where squeeze and lung oedema was present in the lungs long after performances, even low saturation in blood remained after the dive. He showed the results against the depths the divers had done. This year he did not find any alarming cases.

* Ulf Dexten is a freediver working with hypnosis. Together with FSE he has developed a hypnosis programme with the aim of programing the subconcious to be calm and confident during the dive. Some 30 divers took part in his experiments.

* We managed to hold the deep competition even though a low pressure passed by with galewinds (first time in four years this happens at ND). We could move the poolschedule to the windy days.

* Gothenburg apnea society won the team static relay (15.49), beating 7 other teams. But finished far from the danish world record.

* Magic three (get up as close to 3 minutes as possible) was won by the STA bronzemedalist from Maribor Peter Boivie, with a time of 2.56. He is a musician and claimed he could use the beat of the meditative songs in the loudspeakers to estimate time (we did change music to try to confuse him). Number 2 came up at 2.54. In the qualifications Maria from Denmark did 2.59. Peter won a Suunto heart rate monitor, the T3.

* During the last DYN/DNF day some freedivers challenged "waterway valter" and his glide fin in a "speed 25 meter race". Only Peter Pedersen came close to the former european champion.

* The Suunto guess your depth saw a few athletes within 1.3 meters from the unmarked 30 meter mark. But Per Westin (200 meter DYN at Maribor) turned at 29.2 and claimed the Suunto D3. He sacrificed his previous competition dive for training the guess game and turned early around 27.

* Per Westin was not so keen on diving deep after a serious BO at 17-18 meters during training. Filmed by a visiting filming journalist from swedens second biggest station. We explained all about how we handle these things but in the end the news showed mostly Pers unconcious face and an interview with a hyperbardoctor claiming that "he was lucky to be alive".

* Plain untruth. But we had a real bad accident with a lucky outcome. A transfer boat hit a poole where we had a 40 meter warm-up line. It broke at the line and the weight went to the bottom at 75 meters. At first we thought Wolle was on it warming up, so we sent 2-3 strong divers to dive the area within 10-15 seconds. We soon found Wolle on the other side of the boat. This could have been a real accident - organization has to be sharper.

* Another safetyissue. At antiballast trials at 50 meters a lanyard got ripped of. In a real emergency a diver could have been left at depth. The lanyards we used was not good enough (they have been approved by many judges on several competitions). In the future we will use well crow that first loops through a buckle and folds back and attaches. The "buckle" will create necessary friction.

* We experimented with following the athletes on depth sonar. It was not reliable. sometimed we saw people turning at 60, somtimes termoclines obscured at 20.
we had more lights at the plate this year and light warned you quite early in the clear waters of the depth.

* Jellyfish was moderate and increased some on the last day. One person was dedicated to clearing the line down to 20-25. One athlete claimed seeing them deeper, but that was obviously a way to try to blame jelly fish for a bad performance ;-)

* The competition was serviced by a steady crew of about 13 persons. Counting the hang around helpers we amounted to 25 persons that at one point or the other worked in the organization. We also saw an increase in boyfriend/girlfriend attendance. Also children and parents turned up.

* The BO on television gave freediving some bad press. People phoned the competition asking questions like: "It must be a bad feeling there now", "do you have a crisis team there?" Some athletes were asked to leave the event because this "horrible accident". But on the other hand we got press and some did write about the two swedish records done.

* Food was prepared by Mia and Bea, and most athletes was won over to the vegetarian diet. Stig, Mia, Sebastian, Annelie held some yoga sessions in the mornings.

Comment from competitor:
"Oh, and i noticed again how very critical you were in your evaluation on your site; please keep in mind that a lot of things, most things, went really well, and you and your team once again pulled off the biggest and yet best competition of the year. I know we might learn more from our mistakes, but it's good to keep in mind what you did right as well. I for one had a great time again, thanks to your excellent organization. Though the pillows were rather thin."