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Optimala Dyk - Wreck diving our passion

We are a team of divers who call ourselves for Optimala Dyk. We mostly dive on wrecks that were sunk during the Second World War. We take an active part in searching for information about the wrecks and also in locating new wrecks. Wreck diving is a challenging activity which, for anyone with a great interest and commitment, offers excitement, mystery, history and amazing experiences. Several of the wrecks lying on the sea bed are real museums, not much has happened on the site since they were sunk. To dive on wrecks which lie a little deeper feels even more exciting since less divers had the opportunity to reach them.

 

A big reason that many war wrecks from World War II is found in the Kattegat and the Skagerrak is because Germany in April 1940 staged Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Denmark and Norway. During the invasion, and all through the rest of the war, many ships carrying troops, military equipment, fuel and supplies passed by the Swedish West Coast on their way between Germany and occupied Norway. Along the routes up to Norway British submarines were waiting to attack the German ships. Many ships were also sunk by allied bombers at the end of the war.

 

Today a large number of wrecks from World War II still lie on the bottom of the sea. With time, however, these wrecks are broken down. The salt water makes iron rust away, commercial fishing also destroys along with currents and storms. The wrecks from World War II have about 20 years left before they all collapse. Our goal is to document as many of these wrecks as possible before they disappear, so the story can be told on.

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    Archive research.
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    Sidescan sonar.
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    Interview for Swedish Radio 2012. Photo: Per Qvarnström /SR.
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    We use ports all along the west coast to reach the wrecks.
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    Good boat for all weather.
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    Briefing before a dive.
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    Deep diving.