It’s one thing to enjoy scuba diving, and it’s another to love it so much that you actually go and become a divemaster so the underwater sport can be a part of your regular life. However, it’s definitely another level down — literally and figuratively — when you become so obsessed with black coral diving that it actually becomes a potentially fatal addiction.
Black Coral, a new scuba diving documentary movie by Brett and Jedd Winn, explores the culture of black coral diving in Maui, Hawaii where a group of men dive deep into the ocean in search of Hawaii’s state gemstone. And by deep I mean really deep — at depths deeper than 170 ft below the surface. Diving this deep is extremely taxing to human physiology, particularly when coming back to the surface in an uncontrolled manner. To make a comparison, PADI, the international organization which has standardized diving practice, only allows deep divers to go up to 130 ft. deep.
“Unfortunately the Black Coral story is laced with a lot of tragedy,” says a diver in the trailer. “Dive stories that involve a lot of guys who didn’t come up.”
From the looks of the Black Coral trailer tipped to us by Gadling, this is not to be a total feel good movie about scuba diving. Rather, it appears to be a true life drama that explores the excitement and danger of black coral diving, which ultimately leads to a watery road filled with addiction, death, and a stubborn obsession to continue. Images in the trailer show scuba divers unconscious, spinning out of control, bleeding underwater, and coming face-to-face with big marine creatures:
The quote at the end sums it up perfectly: “The ocean don’t care if you got family or friends or little kids. The ocean will kill you. It’s a good business to get out of.”