We’ve teamed up with Seiko, who make the Prospex Diver’s watch collection, to produce a series examining one of the world’s most stunning dive sites – the Silfra Lagoon in Iceland. This second episode examines why dive instructors love it here, and how operating in an extreme environment challenges their full range of skills.
Fireman. Astronaut. Deep sea diver. As kids most of us probably would have put it on the list. Even when you’re a grown-up, with a greater appreciation of what’s involved, it still sounds like one of the best jobs in the world. Guiding groups of tourists through warm, tropical waters pointing out colourful fish, turtles and manta rays? Where do I sign up!
Which is why I’m struggling slightly to understand what Taz Wood, a manager and diving instructor at Dive Silfra, is telling me. “There are no fish whatsoever in Silfra?” I ask, slightly incredulous. “Well there are fish, but because there are so many people, they all go into the [neighbouring] lake to feed. You might see tiny Arctic chars, but you usually have to go to the lake to see fish by day.”
“The water in Silfra is so clear that you can take your regulator out and drink it.”