2011 Day 1

10: 00 am JP Imbert on microbubbles


The host of this lecture, JP Imbert, devoted many years of his life to the issues related to improvement in diving safety. His presentation that day was concerned with introduction of microbubbles to the body.

Within 50 min. the experienced diver and scientist presented his vision of what influences the emergence of microbubbles, the road they travel in our body and the effects the may cause.

As it turns out microbubbles can be found in our organism already before diving. Their presence can be influenced even by our warm-up or exercises performed before diving.

Thanks to the presentation he had prepared, he very clearly presented the issues related to the subject. They included the road bubbles ravel in our body from the lungs to the heart and further to the brain, the impact of the environment and changes in pressure after being submerged in water.

Next JP Imbert told about various kinds of occurring symptoms according to the type of diving and its course as well as discussed the options of safe decompression.

In in the final stage of the lecture he devoted his time for individual conditions of each of us, such as: age, sex and lifestyle.

Divers who enjoy being active in technical diving could have been interested in final decompression models he discussed with a great deal of humour.

The very interesting lecture, even for laypeople as well as the casual form and the host’s personality made the discussed issues seem very clear.

11: 00 am Trip to the Orda Cave, an incredible cave in the Ural Mountains


The lecture hosted by our guests from beyond the eastern border was commenced by Bogdana Vashchenko, who introduced the attendees in the main issues of the project and the first observations of the exploration crew. She drew the attention to a vast uniqueness and lack of external interference in the environment of the Orda Cave.

The opportunity to learn something about this wonderful site directly from the people conducting research there, was a special and a unique occasion. Additionally, an exhibition of beautiful pictures from the Orda Cave Awareness Project was organised for the people visiting the conference in the main hall of the Hotel Gdynia.

Another person from the group acquainting the guests with the projects carried out in Russia was an extremely experienced diver Igor Galaida, who had ventured 980 m down the Uralian cave, but had also taken part in many other explorations and focused his lecture on them.

He devoted the first part of his lecture to the Blue Lake. It is a peculiar lake the diameter of which does not exceed 120m, while its depth reaches more than 200m. An interesting thing was a film shot in 2008 during the record-breaking diving down to 180m in the abovementioned reservoir. The decompression Igor and his buddy had to withstand lasted for 6h.

In further part he focused on the topic of “Russian Underwater Heritage”, the main issues of which are the shipwrecks of the Baltic Sea resting on the Russian side. Interesting pictures and materials perfectly complemented Igor’s tales. Especially that we still know little about the shipwrecks submerged in that area. You will find more information on the research on

The final part of the lectures held by the Russian group was hosted by Sergei Gorpinyuk. It was concerned with chiefly technical aspects of diving. Harsh conditions prevailing in the areas they examine (Lake Beloye, Orda Cave) cause that it is incredibly important to prepare proper equipment, which will manage at bloodcurdlingly low temperatures. With a great deal of ease an humour as well as in a very accessible and understandable manner Sergei described the nuances technical in the course of daily exploration of the sites visited by the group.

At the same time in the room workshop room Łukasz Piórewicz presented the gathered people the topic entitled “Baltic Sea for beginners”.


12: 00 am Tino Balestra – PFO does this apply to me?

From the very beginning the host focused the attendees’ attention. He established a great relationship with the audience and casually and jokingly moved on to subsequent issues of a very serious subject.

While mentioning subsequent causes of accidents he made the gathered aware that minimisation of risk is not simple and obvious. Thanks to multiple multimedia aids used by Tino allowed the attendees to become acquainted with subsequent medical cases and the course of PFO.

The thing he turned the attention of the audience to was the fact that even activities seemingly not posing a threat may lead to serious consequences, if we fail to observe proper procedures.

In the other room Jill Heinerth gave her first lecture of this year’s Baltictech. She shared her experience in CCRs. An interesting topic, however, moving from theory to practice in it is a great step, still possible only for a small group of divers.

1:00 pm Krzysztof Wnorowski and Tomasz Stachura, Łukasz Piórewicz – memories from the Wiatrem Gnane (Spurred by the Wind) expedition


The final meeting with the participants of the conference before the lunch break was associated with one of the successes of the Polish diving of the recent years most heavily featured in the media: Finding, survey and extraction of cannons in the Słupsk Bank.

Two participants representing that day a numerous group of technical divers from the Tricity, taking part in the 


Wiatrem Gnane (Driven by the Wind) expedition, explained the attendees the details of the whole project. We had been posting much information on the current basis on Divers24,

but this time everyone had an opportunity to learn in person how the organisational details of this huge project had looked like. Standing on the side we are not always aware of the necessary staff of people, months of research and preparation which must precede such a large mission.


At the same time lectures were being given by Dorota Łeweć and Nick Toussaint. The author of the book “Nurkowanie Kobiet” (Women Diving) focused her speech on the aspects of psychophysical and medical aspects of diving of the fairer sex. On the other hand, the world-famous diver presented the principles of diving with oxygen decompression rebreathers.looked like. Standing on the side we are not always aware of the necessary staff of people, months of research and preparation which must precede such a large mission.

4:00 pm Richard Lundgren – Mars the Magnificent


We were already after the lunch break. We were waiting for the lectures of this year’s king of hunting for the Baltic shipwrecks – Richard Lundgren. In the meantime, R

osemary Lunn encouraged the conventioneers to visit the Eurotek 2012 conference.

It was Richard’s second visit to the Baltictech. In the past we had an opportunity to see him during the second edition in 2008.

He began his lectures by referring to the historical outline of the Baltic Sea and its trade routes and the animosities between the Scandinavian nations, in particular between Denmark and Sweden. Then, having outlined the situation among the two hostile nations, he moved on to present in detail the clash in which the Mars was sunk by the combined forces of Denmark and Lübeck.

Finding the wreck of the Mars was the fulfilment of the dream the explorer first had 20 years before. Today he is very happy that no one has been able to discourage him from the search – despite the fact that over the years there have been plenty of opinions calling him a madman and a lunatic.


The following part of the lecture involved demonstration of the technical capabilities at the disposal of Richard and his companions that day and presentation of their motivation, determination as well as reaching to the sources when he had still worked with Mel Fisher, the discovered of the Spanish galleon Atocha.

The conventioneers had an opportunity to watch unique footage shot by the explorers when diving down to the Mars shipwreck.

5:00 pm Krzysztof Starnawski – diving in side mount configuration

During the workshops the main character of the dualrebreather project, Krzysztof Starnawski, presented the gathered participants the advantages and the nuances concerning diving in the side mount configuration.

It would have been difficult t


o cast this role with someone who would have enjoyed greater respect and regard than ours explorer of Mexican caves.

Those who had decided to devote their time to this meeting could listen to many interesting arguments concerning the use new hardware configuration in different types of diving. Clearly outlined differences and changes introduced by the side configuration in our method of diving were the leitmotif of the lecture.

The difference and new possibilities provided by the side mount make it an interesting direction that can be taken in diving.

6:00 pm Jill Heinerth – Discovering the unknown


An extremely interesting meeting with a unique person who learned about diving almost in each aspect. Jill had a real treat for all who had decided attend the last lecture of that day. A story about the most unusual and exciting diving expeditions she took part in and her view on the production of footage from those trips.

Among the discussed trips there were diving expeditions in harsh circumpolar areas, where the temperature was – 1.8°C and cave diving inside an iceberg.

Jill also raised a subject extremely close to her heart, which is water. She talked about love and respect to it and how we should instil those values in future generations. This is because proper education of our children is the surest way to take care of the things we value the most.

In the end she summed up the first day of the conference, which resulted in multiple interesting lectures.

Before the organisers moved on to the highly anticipated moment, which was the prize lottery, a few words had been devoted to the tragically deceased Robert Klein, who had been actively involved in organising all past editions of the Baltictech from the very beginning. His memory was honoured with a minute of silence.

When the lottery began, the whole room became lively. Everybody impatiently awaited who would win this year’s prizes and the list of those was really impressive.

Among them diving underwear, iPods, flashlights, scuba sets, computers, wings, international trips, a Sweet Deco rebreather, a Mps C2 Case booster and the main prize – a Suex Xjoy 14 diving scooter!

As every year, the atmosphere was amazing. The lottery served as a perfect introduction to the later diving party. It got the participants into a proper mood and made their faces smile.


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