Above: Getting ready to dive.
There were three divers today. This is the safety diver who goes along with the research divers. He told us he has 34 years of experience diving at McMurdo.
In the water.
Tired, cold divers pulling up the safety lines and sample cores.
Luckily for me and my fellow dive tender, we got to stay in the nice warm hut while the divers were in the water. When the divers come back to the surface they are not able to get out of the water with all their gear, so the dive tenders help by pulling the divers' SCBA tanks out of the water (about 48 lbs each), and then their dive weights (about 40 lbs). The divers are then able to get out of the water on their own.
New: for a blog from the divers' perspective look to: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/colddarkbenthos