Diving To 100ft…Indoors


Sure you can do that deep scuba dive in 47 degree Fahrenheit water off the California coast. Sure you might get to see some kelp, marine life, and spectacular rock formations, but 47 is just 15 degrees from freezing. Why not dive indoors in a balmy 86 degrees? Ahh, but you wondering how you can get a deep dive in a 10 feet deep swimming pool?

Make way for Nemo 33 in Uccle, Belgium, the deepest pool in the world. 108 feet to be exact with “two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5 m (16 ft) and 10 m (32 ft)”. A circular pit allows you to visit Davy Jone’s Locker. There is also multiple “caves” you can explore. The pool holds 2.5 million liters of non-chlorinated spring water. Every other week the water is lime-flavored and bubbly as well. And with 2.5 million liters of water that will surely dilute out the urine.

You can see more pictures here.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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10 comments on “Diving To 100ft…Indoors
  1. Cool – Now when do we get some of those in the USA? I might actually get up to diving if I can get to one of those.

  2. ..and when she got there, the Locker was bare…!! I don’t know about you guys, but for me the point of diving is to see the algae, fishes & inverts!!!! Concrete I can see without getting wet. As for lime flavoured bubbly…..yeah, right.

  3. As much fun as it might be to see the wildlife, I have visions in my head of some strange, man-created diving labyrinth, full of strange areas and paths and whatnot. Even, perhaps, an underwater museum. Of course, safety exits and stuff all around to avoid drownings from stupid or lost divers, but still.

    Imagine going through an underwater area lit only by black lights and flourescent stuff all over the place..

    And of course, the games you could play! Brings a whole new dimension to “Marco Polo”

  4. I thought of that too, but then thought of how messy it would make the water, reduce visibility and probably cost alot in cleanup/filtration.

  5. Throw in a few aquarium style features like a giant shell and a castle, and some caverns, ( and paint the walls!) and it’d be a hoot.

    Perhaps I just harbor a longing need to get in touch with my inner goldfish.

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