Frog Kick Diving - FKD

Seattle's UTD Instructors and Aquatic Explorers. The frog kick is an extremely efficient propulsion technique used in all types of diving and diving environments due to the many benefits it provides the diver.

It's a graceful, yet powerful kick that requires minimal effort to push the diver through the water, reducing the diver's breathing rate. Wreck and cave divers use it because its motion prevents kicking up silt. The underwater environment appreciates it because its motion minimizes impact on the diving environment, preserving delicate reefs and habitats. Divers and underwater photographers who use

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Vanilla Sky Project 2020 - Cave Exploration Mexico 04/11/2020

Stills (not grabs) from 2020 Vanilla Sky Project. Taken with HERO8 Black.

Stills (not grabs) from 2020 Vanilla Sky Project. Taken with HERO8 Black.

07/17/2019

Protec Sardinia

Good luck, Toddy and team!

Exploration Project "UTOPIA" is coming...

from 21.07 to 28.07.2019 we start the first part of a series of projects

To our knowledge, this is the first time in history that a cave dive of this magnitude will be performed. The aim is not a mere record dive with uncalculated risks, but a reliable and well-prepared exploration crossing several fields of study to further our understanding of the region, decompression, and push the human potential. Diving medicine physician Dr. Frank Hartig explains the difficulties, logistics, and goals of Thorsten “Toddy” Wälde’s adventure below 100m, past 5 kilometers of labyrinthine aquifers, and through a staged sidemount rebreather to continue, “The Supramonte Karst Exploration.”

https://protecsardinia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Utopia-final-english-edited.pdf

www.supramonte-exploration.com

10/06/2018

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06/27/2018

Vanilla Sky Project 2018 | Episode 2

O’Ho Tucha is turning into an endless, massive cave system and the team needs to use all available tools to properly explore and push the cave. Maarten and Packo find a deep saltwater section with some bones from the last ice age.

Mexico cave exploration, as it happens. Shot 100% on the HERO 6 Black®. Lighting by BigBlue dive lights.

06/24/2018

Vanilla Sky Project 2018 | Part 1

The explorations continue with a brand new cave system!

Searching & hiking in the vicinity of the recently discovered MOAC System, we found several cenotes that looked worth exploring. When we checked out the last target for the day we found a very special place that immediately caught our attention.

Meet O’ho Tucha (Monkey Skull), a gorgeous new cenote discovered by the Vanilla Sky Project 2018 team. After a couple of scouting dives, we quickly set up camp and started exploring. This cave seemed to go and go.

Mexico cave exploration, as it happens. Shot 100% on the HERO 6 Black®. Lighting by BigBlue dive lights.

#GAM #GoPro #VanillaSkyProject #GranAcuiferoMaya #BigBlueDiveLights #Hero6

frogkickdiving.com 06/02/2018

RED SEA 2018

We've had two spots open up on this epic itinerary!

Wrecks, reefs, caverns, canyons, big life, big vis, huge fun and even some exploration opportunities on this trip

Message us for details if you're interested!

frogkickdiving.com Join us on another of our epic 9 day itineraries with Red Sea Explorers. This time, we're heading to the Deep South of the Egyptian Red Sea, then heading north to dive the wrecks of the Thistlegorm, Rosalie Moller, Abu Nahas, Salem Express and more, but not before a 2 day stop at the magical Brother...

03/02/2018

Chasing the Connection | Full Length

Creating the world’s longest underwater cave.

This story is 30 years in the making, as explorers have been trying to connect Sac Actun and Dos Ojos for decades. Robbie has been relentlessly chasing that connection for 14 years.

In the end, what it took was four guys’ unwavering dedication (obsession?)- hiking 4 hours a day, almost every day for 10 months straight, pushing through the blistering summer heat, nasty falls, a debilitating spider bite, 6 hour dives only to be shut down again and again, and a cave that refused to give up its secret.

Having participated in this project and experienced firsthand the amount of work the team put into this, there is nothing that can prepare you for what was required for this project to be successful. The phrase “Pushing limits” is tossed around all too often. This was textbook definition of pushing limits….physically, mentally, emotionally, above water, underwater, at home...everywhere. It was non-stop punishing work often with very little to no payoff except for that tiny little glimmer of potential of what could be...creating the world’s longest underwater cave system.

We’re grateful to have been invited to be part of this project, and this is our attempt to capture this amazing experience and tell the story of those ten months.

For 10 months in 2017 a team of four cave explorers relentlessly searched for the connection between Sac Actun and Dos Ojos cave systems in the Mexican Yucatan,…

03/01/2018

Frog Kick Diving - FKD

Proud to be a part of this ongoing exploration, and have our stills featured in Nat Geo!

news.nationalgeographic.com 03/01/2018

Maya Artifacts Found In World's Largest Underwater Cave

Proud to be a part of this ongoing exploration, and have our stills featured in Nat Geo!

news.nationalgeographic.com Remains of giant sloths and proto-elephants were found interspersed with burnt human bones and ceramics in Mexico's Sac Actun cave system.

02/28/2018

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02/28/2018

Chasing the Connection | Trailer

Thursday - the full length video telling the story of how the longest underwater cave system in the world was created drops - Thursday, March 1

Trailer for the upcoming full length video. Follow Robbie Schmittner, Marty O'Farrell, Jim Josiak and Sev Regehr as they work tirelessly in search of the…

cnn.com 01/23/2018

Divers: World's biggest underwater cave found - CNN Video

Proud to be the videographers for this historic exploration project and discovery

cnn.com A group of divers in Mexico have discovered what experts believe is the biggest flooded cave on the planet.

01/15/2018

Gran Acuífero Maya

An amazing accomplishment! Sac Actun is now the longest underwater cave system in the world. Congratulations to Robbie and the entire team.

We're privileged to be a part of this project and historic event.

#Video #CuevaMásGrandeDelMundo

Estamos muy orgullosos y contentos de poder compartir el más reciente hallazgo del #GrupoDeExploración del #GranAcuíferoMaya y aprovechamos para agradecer a todos lo que apoyaron esta incitaiva.

El equipo logró la conexión de dos de los sistemas de cuevas inundadas más grandes del mundo, conocidos como Sac Actun y Dos Ojos en Tulum, Quintana Roo. Lo que convierte a Sac Actun en la cueva sumergida más grande del mundo.

El director de exploración del proyecto Gran Acuífero Maya, Robert Schmittner y un equipo de buzos de cuevas, entre los que destacan Marty O Farrell, Jim Josiak y Sev Regehr, comenzaron esta fase del proyecto en marzo de 2017; aunque, Schmittner lleva 14 años buscando esta conexión y añadiendo nuevos túneles y galerías a este laberinto acuático.

Sin duda ahora el reto será de todos: conservar esta maravillosa cueva.

Tulum se ha convertido en la meca del buceo de cuevas en el planeta, exploradores subacuáticos de diversas latitudes, han dedicado gran parte de su vida a recorrer las entrañas de esta maravillosa tierra. Entre ellos Bil Phillips, pionero de la exploración del acuífero maya, quien fundó junto con James Coke, el Quintana Roo Speleological Survey, una base de datos con mapas detallados de estos complejos sistemas y que hoy son una herramienta valiosa para entender y proteger el acuífero.

Bil Phillips exploró hasta los últimos días de su vida este maravilloso mundo subacuático. Durante más de 40 años se consagró a comprender el acuífero a través de la investigación de estas aguas ancestrales. El equipo del GAM le dedica este importante y valioso logro a Bil Phillips, quien fuera el cartógrafo subacuático del proyecto y quien falleció en noviembre de 2017.

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Nota completa >> https://goo.gl/z6rMLV

Guillermo De Anda Xibalba Schmittner @marty o farrel Brian Wiederspan

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01/14/2018

Chasing the Connection | Trailer

This is an amazing story 40 years in the making, and we’re honored to be invited to participate in this project and tell the story.

“If it were easy, everyone would do it” was never more true than this ass kicker.

Robbie and his team’s quest is an inspiring journey that perfectly illustrates the exhausting highs and lows of exploration, testing dedication and mental and physical limits.

Trailer for the upcoming full length video. Follow Robbie Schmittner, Marty O'Farrell, Jim Josiak and Sev Regehr as they work tirelessly to attempt to make…

Key Largo 2017 10/18/2017

Some fantastic diving in Key Largo with Submerged and Horizon Divers.

Irma who??

Some fantastic diving in Key Largo with Submerged and Horizon Divers.

Irma who??

09/26/2017

GoPro stills from our dive on the Warren Car this weekend.

08/31/2017

“A Proper Plan” | Vanilla Sky Project 2017 | Part IV

Following up the official GoPro series “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave”, the team's explorations of Sistema el Puente continue.​​

“A Proper Plan” | Vanilla Sky Project 2017 | Episode 4

The final episode brings to you some of the indescribable beauty of El Puente, and some bones from last ice age.

Some really cool finds by the team, including a skull found by Toddy, not far from Yab Yum. Jim shows Marty, Brian and Jeanna some fascinating bones he found recently, so they can get scale footage for Dante and Guillermo.

This episode has some really gorgeous footage from a dive Brian, Toddy and Pako did in a beautiful, highly decorated cave in El Puente System, with Toddy and Pako on the T-Reb rebreathers.

And.... get a peek at what the team has planned for next year

Shot 100% on GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 cameras with BigBlue video lights

That’s it, until 2018….

Following up the official GoPro series “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave”, the team's explorations…

08/27/2017

“Maison” | Vanilla Sky Project 2017 | Part III

Following up the official GoPro series “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave”, the team's explorations of Sistema el Puente continue.​​

“Maison” | Vanilla Sky Project 2017 | Episode 3

This magical place held its incredible secrets for thousands of years.

While exploring from a nearby cenote, the team makes some incredibly important ancient finds, raising lots of questions about the history of the Mayans in the area.

On a subsequent survey and research dive at the site, Marty and Brian make another very important discovery, which further adds to the questions.

The team takes team archaeologist Dante to the site so he can survey, document and catalog their findings both above and below the water at this very special place.

Live exploration, as it happened, shot 100% on GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 cameras with BigBlue video lights

Episode 4 drops Thursday, August 31

Robbie finds a new cenote and the team makes several incredibly important discoveries. Dante visits the site so he can survey, document and catalog the findings Live…

08/24/2017

“We Have to Dig” | Vanilla Sky Project 2017 | Part II

Following up the official GoPro series “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave”, the Vanilla Sky Project team's explorations of Sistema el Puente continue.​​

“We Have to Dig” | Episode 2 | Vanilla Sky Project 2017

Toddy and Claudia explore a stunningly gorgeous new cenote and lay lots of new line in this very highly decorated new cave close to the el Puente System.

As the team starts finding cenotes that look like they go, it takes some work getting the teams and the equipment to the water at some beautiful cenotes.

Robbie and Anna find another beautiful unexplored cenote that goes, and the team starts exploring the cave. Some gorgeous passages, rooms and unreal formations in this new cave.

Live exploration, as it happened, shot 100% on GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 cameras with BigBlue video lights

Episode 3 drops August 27

As the team starts finding cenotes that look like they go, they face obstacles getting to the water. Toddy finds a gorgeous unexplored cenote that goes and empties…

08/20/2017

“Searching Searching Searching” | Vanilla Sky Project 2017 | Part I

Following up the official GoPro series “Searching the Maya Underworld – Quest for the Earth’s Biggest Cave”, the Vanilla Sky Project team's explorations of Sistema el Puente continue.​​

“Searching, Searching, Searching” | Vanilla Sky Project 2017 | Episode 1

In cave exploration you don’t just drive up to the cave and start exploring. You have to search for, and find, a cave before you can start exploring it.

In their ongoing effort to explore and push the El Puente System, the Vanilla Sky Project Team faces the challenges of hiking deeper into the jungle to search for cenotes to explore and connect to El Puente.

But finding a cenote is just the beginning, and in exploration nothing is guaranteed.

Mexico Cave Exploration, captured as it happened., shot 100% on GoPro Hero4 and Hero5 cameras with BigBlue video lights

Episode 2 drops Thursday, August 24th.

In their ongoing effort to explore and push the El Puente System, the Vanilla Sky Project Team faces the challenges of hiking deeper into the jungle to search for…

08/13/2017

Vanilla Sky Project 2017 Trailer

August 20th - Mark your calendars

Follow the 2017 Vanilla Sky Project team, documenting their Mexico cave explorations “as it happens” in a new, 4 part series.

There’s been some pretty amazing finds in previous Vanilla Sky Projects, but as the team’s explorations continue, we wanted to document true exploration as it happened, providing the viewer with a sense of the exhaustive work, disappointment, frustration and exhilaration of exploration. Vanilla Sky Project 2017 was very difficult, and emotions ran the entire spectrum. I think we captured that in this series.

Challenges caused a sluggish start for this year’s project, but persistence was key, and it paid off with some new beautiful caves explored, new line laid and some amazing and incredibly important finds made by the team.

Huge thanks to GoPro for the time, insight, support and guidance provided on this project.

Episode 1 of 4 drops August 20. Episode 2 drops August 24 . Episode 3 August 27, and Episode 4 on August 31st.

Trailer for the Vanilla Sky Project 2017 series. Challenges caused a sluggish start for this year's Yucatan cave exploration project, but the hard work and…

Vanilla Sky Project 2017 08/12/2017

Vanilla Sky Project 2017

08/12/2017

Frog Kick Diving - FKD

06/26/2017

Beautiful Things

Unforgettable dive on our 2016 trip with Red Sea Explorers.
Scootering with a pod of dolphins, including baby and mama on our last dive of the trip!

Our encounter with a pod of dolphins, including mama and baby, at Shaab el Erg, Red Sea

05/01/2017

Very honored to have provided dive training to this great group of professionals

03/13/2017

Vanilla Sky Project 2017 Trailer

Last month we had the privilege of joining the Vanilla Sky Project gang for their 2017 explorations. After last year's GoPro project it seemed like a no brainer to continue the story. Our plan this year was to document their explorations, as they happened.

We had a bit of a rough start, but such is exploration. In the end, the hard work paid off, which made the payoff that much sweeter. We got to share the frustration and exhilaration e in the experience of exploration and some really cool finds with a great group, while making new friendships.

Here's a short 2:30 clip from the project. Looking forward to helping develop a couple of videos telling the story of this year's explorations and finds.

Trailer for the upcoming Vanilla Sky Project 2017 series. Challenges caused a slow start for this year's Yucatan cave exploration project, but the hard work…

01/18/2017

Longimanus

Footage from our encounter with two Oceanic White Tips during our 2016 Red Sea trip with Red Sea Explorers

Memorable encounter with a couple of Longimanus (Oceanic White Tip sharks) at the beginning of our dive, as well as our return on deco at Small Brother Island in…

12/04/2016

GoPro: The Making Of Searching The Maya Underworld

Behind the Scenes of Searching the Maya Underworld, perfectly told by the guys at GoPro

Shot 100% on the HERO4® camera from ‪http://GoPro.com. A very special thanks to: Robbie Schmittner, Toddy Waelde, Guillermo De Anda, Dante Garcia, Bil Philli...

12/02/2016

GoPro

Amazing work by the GoPro VR crew. As close as you can get to being there, without all the hike!

Experience Robbie Schmitner’s biggest discovery yet, the giant sinkhole, Yab Yum - in 360 degree spherical.

A very special thanks to: Robbie Schmittner, Toddy Waelde, Guillermo De Anda, Dante Garcia, Bil Phillips, Jim Coke, Jeff Clark, Brian Wiederspan, Jeanna Edgerton Dive Rite Xibalba Dive Center & Hotel Riviera Maya Lighting, Grip & Electric and Mettle Skybox.

12/02/2016

GoPro

Sneak peek at the VR, 360 spherical movie of Yab Yum, coming out later today. We seen parts of it, and it's incredibly realistic

Get a sneak peek at exploring an underground Yucatan cave system in stunning in 360 degree spherical!

Come back tomorrow for the full VR experience with Robbie Schmittner, as he and his team tackle a giant sinkhole, "Yab Yum."

12/02/2016

GoPro: “Yab Yum” | Searching The Maya Underworld | Part III

Episode 3 - Yab Yum

Easily the most beautiful cave we've ever seen. It took a mindblowing 18,000 watts of lighting on the ceiling, and 220,000 lumens on the floor to light up this incredibly beautiful sinkhole.

Yab Yum is one of a kind, and an unforgettable experience.

Robbie takes us to his biggest discovery yet, the giant sinkhole, Yab Yum. This massive underground pit features a stunning array of stalagmites, stalactites...

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Frog Kick Diving (FKD) is Brian Wiederspan and Jeanna Edgerton, Seattle's Unified Team Diving (UTD) instructors and a west coast leader in dive training. Since 2005, our goal has been to provide the highest quality dive training in the Pacific Northwest. We've long been passionate about raising the bar in dive training and were excited to have earned an invitation to the first UTD IDC/Crossover and being given the opportunity to help establish the next generation of team-based dive training. While everyone has their own interests in diving, we all share a common reason for why we dive…FUN. By keeping our classes small, with a large staff and uncompromising standards, our students are able to achieve their full potential, increase their confidence and add a higher level of safety, in turn increasing their enjoyment of diving. By offering UTD & NAUI training, we are able to provide a wide breadth of superior dive instruction of all levels to the Pacific Northwest, from beginner Open Water through Technical, Trimix, Overhead and Instructor Training. Simply put, we don’t just certify divers, we train and develop skilled and competent divers. Safety, confidence, knowledge, comfort and skill go hand in hand with fun. We’re here to help you achieve your full potential in each.
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