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Faces of Diving

Canada-based commercial photographer Benoit Bruhmuller captures the intensity, anticipation and joy of the diving life as expressed in the faces of fellow aquatic souls plying Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway and surrounding waters.

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Photos: Benoit Bruhmuller Text: Andreanne Lapointe-Aubert. Design & layout: Amanda White.

Why are you here? You are not like me. We have nothing much in common, really.

Overexcited brainiac. Sloth-like dreamer. Mechanic, pneumologist, beautician and veteran.

Some wanting to lead, others to follow. Each on our own secret quest.

Her, thrilled by the prospect of unearthing lost treasures.

Him, taming deep-seated fears.

Them, chasing freedom.

What a motley bunch of weirdos, yet here we are.

Out where nothing else matters but the water, the silence, the slowness.

Mentors, buddies and students becoming unlikely accomplices.

Being vulnerable, lending a hand, hyping each other up.

Boundaries melting, trust developing, some strange alchemy going on.

Smelly neoprene, water-logged shore lunches and shared adventures forming unbreakable bonds.

Snotty noses. Salty eyebrows. Mask indented foreheads. Beaming smiles and that twinkle in our eye.

Mismatched on the surface, kindred deep down. Different but the same.

We are divers.


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Globe-Trotting photographer based in Quebec City Canada, Benoit Bruhmuller splits his time between creating ad campaigns and diving. Always on the hunt for unique experiences, he captures images that pique the imagination. Currently working on his GUE T1 certification, he is planning his upcoming expedition on the Empress of Ireland wreck in the cold dark waters of the St. Lawrence River. 


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Project Divers Are We

Diving projects aka expeditions—think Bill Stone’s Wakulla Springs 1987 project, or the original explorations of the Woodville Karst Plain’s Project (WKPP)—helped give birth to technical diving….

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Header image: Divers positioning a decompression habitat during a recent GUE Project Diver core module. Photo by SJ Alice Bennett, courtesy of GUE.

Diving projects, or expeditions—think Bill Stone’s Wakulla Springs 1987 project, or the original explorations of the Woodville Karst Plain’s Project (WKPP)—helped give birth to technical diving, and today continue as an important focal point and organizing principle for communities like Global Underwater Explorers (GUE). The organization this year unveiled a new Project Diver program, intended to elevate “community-led project dives to an entirely new level of sophistication.” Here, authors Guy Shockey and Francesco Cameli discuss the power of projects and take us behind the scenes of the new program.


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