Diving. Perhaps not what you would consider an extreme action sport, but nevertheless good fun and as it can get the adrenaline going when you meet a big shark, your air cuts out, or you have put too much led on your weight belt. So we have included it here on Willerup.com.
Frederik started diving when he was 12 years old in the proud Danish diving club called Søllerød Sports diving Club. Here he spent his time with various free dives in the waters around North Sealand going to 10 meters in the age of 15. As the years passed Frederik turned his diving and swimming talents towards underwater rugby and played in Skovshoved Undervands Gruppe (Forest-head Underwater Group - SUG) until he left to Bristol in '92.
Mathias joined the SUG when he was 20 and was dragged around to several lung shredding, breath exhausting, leg cramping competetions around the north of Sealand. We played in division two and was comfortable in the middle of the teams. Division one was dominated by teams from the Danish Police Squad (serious guys) and other hard-core guys so you wouldn't want to mess with them. Anyway - Mathias stopped when he went to Bristol in '95 and has only played once since. It is an amazingly hard-core team-sport with the occasional black out and people needing CPR... Never happened while we played though. Luckily.
Scuba diving entered the scene in '96 when Frederik took his NAUI certificate and in '97 when Mathias got his PADI in Bali.
Things to remember
- BUOYANCY COMPENSATOR VEST
- DEPTH GAUGE,
- TANK-PRESSURE GAUGE,
- UNDERWATER TIMER
- DIVING KNIFE
In December 1998 we had our first go at cave diving - one of the most feared ventures in the world of extreme sports. It had been on the tick list for quite some time, and as we were travelling on the Yucatan Peninsular Mexico, one of the worlds prime cave diving spots we thought - it's now or never.
We teamed up with Jose - a local Mexican Cave Diver situated in the Akumal area of Yucatan. We rented the full kit and headed of the the nearest "Cenote", geared up and went for it. [Trip Report]. It was a pretty awesome experience and despite Fred's light malfunctioning half way through and Mathias fighting the pain of a serious tooth squeeze it was really amazing and a tempting sport to pursue a bit further.
We are pretty sure though that we wont get into cave diving big time - why? Too expensive, to dangerous and statistically a bit to fatal.But if you are in the Yucatan area - be sure to give it a go, it's euro cool.