Hidden Depths – the essential kit of deep sea divingPhotographer Monty Halls shoots the vital equipment that facilitates his deep-sea exploration
In 2013, Monty Halls led a team of specialist divers on a six-month project to attempt to answer some of the lingering mysteries in diving – a series of investigations that took them to Egypt, the Great Lakes, Namibia and Japan. Many of the dives required operating at depth, beyond the range of normal recreational diving equipment; therefore specialist gear was required.
“Several dives undertaken by the team meant using mixed gas and highly complex planning – we were venturing into a twilight world where the margin for error was minimal. The deep sea is a hostile environment, and gear failure had massive implications, so we had to be meticulous throughout the project. We relied very heavily on our kit, and I’m happy to say that it performed magnificently. I think on our planet today, to find real mystery, you don’t go up, you don’t go sideways – you go down. This kit allowed us to do that.”