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Underwater Orienteering

Underwater orienteering is more like a combination of diving and orienteering. The sport dates back to the 1950’s in the Soviet Union. Nowadays, this is played in Europe.

Other names include Technical Disciplines, Orientation Sub in Spanish, and La Orientacion Subacuatica in French.

The competition is usually played in freshwater lakes. The competition usually involves obstacles; the main objective is the navigation techniques used by swimmers to go through these obstacles. The challenges can be done individually or by teams of two or three. The equipment used include diving mask, fins, open circuit scuba set, compass, distance meter, and safety buoy.

underwater scuba diving underwater scuba diving at Mallorca. photo credit: Olivier Borgognon (freeimages.com)


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