Call us crazy if you need to but there are certain activities that we would not expect to be able to carry out if we are underwater. Now that we have seen this video promoting the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, we realize that we may have to rethink what is possible.
Dive safety coordinator Halle Minshall is here to help us rethink everything that we once thought that we knew. Anyone who would like to alter their perceptions is more than welcome to check out this clip.
She’s explaining each step of the process to anyone who would like to carve a pumpkin underwater while they are scuba diving. It’s not an activity that we would have chosen for ourselves but it still sounds pretty awesome nonetheless. So, how on earth is this accomplished?
“If you think carving a prize-winning pumpkin is difficult, try doing it underwater. Greater Cleveland Aquarium Dive Safety Coordinator Halle M. explains what makes carving underwater such a challenge and why it’s still so much fun,” the description reads. Once you have had the chance to see the video, you are definitely going to be shocked by how much fun she appears to be having.
In case you are curious, the stems of the pumpkins are sliced off before the descent takes place. “Our divers are allowed to scoop out their pumpkins and open their tops before they enter the water. Once they’ve entered the water though, if they or their pumpkins surface they have to get out. Divers have a maximum of 2 hours to complete their carving. When everyone is finished, the jack-o-lanterns are displayed, judged and winners are selected,” Minshall explains.
The Underwater Pumpkin Carving event is sponsored by Professional Diving Resources in Cleveland, Ohio. Anyone who has a diving certification can participate but things get pretty competitive.
You also have a pumpkin that’s constantly trying to float away from you and you’re using a big dive knife to try to cut small details into a gourd. “It definitely takes a lot of patience and attention to detail to do a good job,” says Minshall.
Check out the clip below to see it for yourself:SKM: below-content placeholder