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Slatemine 'Felicitas' Germany

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by Germie, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. Germie

    Germie Cave Instructor

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    2 weeks ago I went with 2 other ccr divers in an old slate mine in Germany. This mine opened for divers a couple of weeks ago. The main part of the mine is 30m deep (in winter 34), and a small part is 40-45m deep. It has a lot of chambers and tunnels to explore. We did not went in far, but did 2 90 minute dives. The watertemperature is here limiting.
    The pictures are taken in the 'newer' part of the mine. The 'older' part is for a next visit.
    The tunnel from surface to the 30m zone is a no viz tunnel. And really no viz. As the mine is new for diving, a lot of perculation is falling of the ceiling. A lot of silt at the bottom. Only 10 divers a day are allowed. You have to pay an entrance fee and show your insurance and certs.



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  2. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Very interesting with great wide angle photos in very clear water
    You mentioned the mine was in Germany Just exactly where is the mine in Germany ?

    Also how about a little history -- all of the sunken equipment appears to be rather new..

    Mrs. Millers heritage is Dutch mine is German- we have a long term plan on touring Europe beginning in northern Holland and ending in southern Germany.

    Sam Miller, III
     
  3. Germie

    Germie Cave Instructor

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    It was opened in 1863 and closed in 1994. There is an old part and a newer part. The pictures are taken in the newer part. So you see the 'new' equipment.
    There is now a dry part with extremely clean air for people with astma to relax.

    Abela-Heilstollen – Wikipedia
    use google translate for some history.
     
  4. Rechno

    Rechno Angel Fish

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    It´s in the "Sauerland" region, approximately 100km east of Cologne.
    In that area are several Mines of which 4 can be dived.
     
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  5. Stewart Ness

    Stewart Ness Garibaldi

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    Can you tell me who to contact to dive this mine please?
     
  6. Germie

    Germie Cave Instructor

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  7. JMBL

    JMBL Solo Diver

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    Thanks for sharing the link. Nice pictures also.
     
  8. Stewart Ness

    Stewart Ness Garibaldi

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  9. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch Angel Fish

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    59 Euros per person / day is a steep price (about $75), especially since it limits your diving to between 09:00 and 18:00. I hope that the dive here is worth it since at my age I would not do 2 dives a day at the deeper level (approx 150').

    Michael
    (who will certainly end up ponying up the money at least once)
     
  10. Rechno

    Rechno Angel Fish

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    All mines in this area cost about 40-59 € per day to dive. If you travel there from farther away, it might be a nice idea to spend 2-3 days and visit one of the others as well.
     

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