A Royal Navy Clearance Diver spends months training to become fully conversant with underwater search, engineering and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Diving in zero visibility is common; underwater tasks are both physically and psychologically demanding. However, with all the hard work and training comes the rare opportunity to serve in HMS Protector, the Royal Navy’s 5,000 tonne Ice Patrol Ship. There are few people that can say that they have been to Antarctica and even less that have dived there. The cool waters of the ‘Frozen Continent’ provide some of the best diving in the world; visibility often extends to 15 meters and the sea bed is littered with whale bones, star fish and an array of rare fauna and flora. Able Diver Dewhirst and Leading Diver Hayes diving off an Iceberg. (Picture:LA(Phot) Arron Hoare)

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