Amy and Greg Norris - Atlanta, GA
A million thanks to Misha and the entire team on the Kartesh and at the Arctic Circle Dive Centre! 10 days on the Kartesh and at the Dive Centre wasn't enough - we've got to come back. We were blown away in every way (professionalism, comfort, diving, scenery, food, service, hospitality, education, excursions, etc...). Russia may be one of the final diving frontiers for North Americans. You guys have worked hard to make it easy for the rest of us to experience this remote and beautiful corner of the world. We feel like we've been let-in on a well-kept secret...until now, known only by a chosen few. Thank you!
Steve Watson PADI Diver No: 0506U62073 from Johannesburg South-Africa.
I hope to complete this speciality during 2006. If anyboby could give me comprehensive guidlines for this trip, it would help.
Many thanks to all at MSU diving for a totally fantastic week,we found the program very exciting,all the staff were friendly,enthusiastic and very helpful.
We hope to see you all again next year and will certainly recommend you to our friends and to other divers.
Alice van Laar and Herman van deer Veer
Thanks again to all of you who made it an unforgettable experience to be in Russia and the White Sea.
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing week!
Your wonderful hospitality and shinning ice dives has made this a holiday to remember. All the instructors and staff have made ice-diving seen simple and easy and most of all fun. We have all enjoyed our time above and below the ice.
We wish you every good fortune with your great dive centre and I hope to return in the future for, may be, an ice safari. If you visit England on holiday or for a dive show, may be we can all meet up for a few vodkas, or may be even a dive. Best wishes for the future.
Thank you for a great week. We have all had a fantastic time, shared many new experiences (including Banya) and enjoyed every day.
We very much hope to come back to the Centre, and would really like to try the Barents Sea dive safari if this becomes possible in the future. I hope all the remaining weeks are as good as this one and that business stays good. All the best
Thank so much to everybody for making such an amazing and memorable holiday. I have had a fantastic time, on the ice, under ice, in fisherman's huts, drinking vodka while floating in a ╠└╔═└ and above all in the banja! Best of luck to everybody for the future. Thanks again.
To Misha and all at Arctic Circle PADI Dive Centre.
Thank you for making this an unforgettable Holiday! Will hopefully see you all again in and on the White Sea in the future.
Good luck and Best wishes for the future!
Sub-zero free-diving with a Beluga Whale
In march 2008, record breaking free diver Julia Petrik was photographed “hitching a ride” on a 3 metre Beluga Whale through sub-zero icy waters. This amazing feat was captured on camera by Dan Burton and has been published on 4th April in 5 major national newspapers in the UK. To view the online publication click on one of these links:
The Daily Mail
The London Metro
Diving to 25m in icy cold water without an oxygen tank is bound to leave you a bit worn out.
But free diver Julia Petrik found a way to save energy in -2ºC (28ºF) waters ľ hitching a ride with a beluga whale.
After diving into Russia's White Sea, she grabbed hold of a passing whale and was captured on film by British photographer Dan Burton.
'The way Julia moves through the water is incred-ible,' the 41-year-old said.
'It was an unbelievable şexperience to be with these animals.'
White beluga whales live in sub-zero temperatures in oceans such as the White Sea. 'It's one of the few places where the ocean freezes,' added Mr Burton.
'You have to be careful of hypothermia in there.'
But Miss Petrik, who holds her breath for two minutes, wears just a wet suit, mask and flippers. The 36-year-old Russian cut through the ice, şbefore diving to 25m (82ft).
'What was amazing was how dark it was underneath the ice,' added Mr Burton.
'When you looked up there was this green glow ľ it was like another world.'