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#1 Oceanshutter

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:11 PM

I am planning on a dive trip to Truk in 2015, and was wondering what recommendations from a training standpoint would people recommend.  I currently am a Advanced open water Nitrox diver.  I would like to be able to do some of the deeper wrecks, and overall be able to spend a bit more time on them than a single tank could provide.  I am considering doing doubles, but have no idea if I need training for this etc...or if its as simple as buying a new backplate and wing for my halcyon bcd.

 

I am not a typical deep diver...though not afraid of it either.  I normally like to extend my dives for more bottom time to shoot video.  

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

 

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:43 PM

Twin tank course at least. Prferable Adv nitrox but dont have to do deco to enjoy the wrecks. Some are not thta deep around 30m but having a second tank a big advantage.

or GUE Fundies in twins for good skills?


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#3 Interceptor121

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 11:04 AM

Hi Dustin

 

Check out the BSAC trip reports here http://www.bsac.com/...lasia / Pacific

 

Twin set are a good idea if you want to dive some sites and end up in deco. Not sure about trimix options



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:23 AM

I was there last Nov (and going again 2015 Nov). There was a big group of us, ranging from PADI Advanced divers, Instructors, right up to 200m+ Trimix CCR divers.

 

Everyone done the dives they wanted - everyone went and had a peak at the San Fran (50m+) and some of us went and dived the Nagano (at 60m)

Your certifications meaning nothing over there, if you are comfortable - all the dives are an absolute pleasure - most times you will end up doing at least 5-10mins of deco.

 

If you're not comfortable at the moment doing that - that I would suggest so Deco Procedures type course - at least you will know what you computer is beeping at :)

 

Every dive we did, they had a Alu80 hung at 5m - if you needed more gas :)

 

The wrecks (inside) are BIG and you can get lost if you go wondering on your own, most of the single divers followed a guide. So if you fancy a bit of exploring - perhaps a wreck course would be good (but a decent one - TDI, UTD etc)

 

Half the group was on Twins and half the group on singles, all on Nitrox/Air - no trimix (it was $1000 for a J !!). 

 

I was diving a single 13ltr (100cu) and was getting 50+mins Runtimes - the water is warm, the vis is clear and there is no currents - its totally chilled diving.

I didn't feel the need for a twinset personally - otherwise I would of been down there a lot longer  :evilgrin: - we had to curtain some of our times due to lunch arrangements and people sat waiting for us topside getting cold..

 

The the two 'deep' dives of the San Fran and the Nagano I took a 5ltr of 50% to save some time on the deco. 

 

Log:

2013-10-26 - Shinkoku Maru - 28m - 56min

2013-10-26 - ?? Maru - 36m - 58min
2013-10-26 - ?? Maru - 37m - 78min
2013-10-27 - Fumitsuki Maru - 37m - 49min
2013-10-27 - Kiyosumi Maru - 30m - 58min
2013-10-27 - Sankisan Maru - 30m - 51min
2013-10-27 - Futagami Maru - 26m - 48min
2013-10-28 - Hoki Maru - 42m - 43min
2013-10-28 - Yamagiri Maru - 30m - 60min
2013-10-28 - Unkai Maru - 37m - 53min
2013-10-28 - Kansho Maru - 31m - 48min
2013-10-29 - Momokawa Maru - 41m - 68min
2013-10-29 - Kansko Maru - 35m - 61min
2013-10-29 - Rio De Janeiro Maru - 29m - 51min
2013-10-29 - Daihatsu Junction - 10m - 47min
2013-10-30 - I-169 Submarine - 42m - 47min
2013-10-30 - Heian Maru - 33m - 60min
2013-10-30 - Gosei Maru - 22m - 56min
2013-10-31 - San Francisco Maru - 52m - 49min
2013-10-31 - Fujikawa Maru - 28m - 46min
2013-11-01 - Nagano Maru -60m - 71min
2013-11-01 - Shark Ville -21m - 45min
2013-11-01 - Shinkoku Maru - 32m - 51min

 

We have decided on a 'tec only trip' next time and take the rebreathers - time was too short most of them. But I had a blast even on a single - and I'm sure you will too!


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#5 Alison Perkins

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 11:54 AM

I'm a second voice for looking into a GUE Fundamentals course.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:12 PM

If you are going to go inside the wrecks I highly recommend diving on twins for redundancy. Easier to swim with as well rather than a stage tank


Dustin also look at doing a liveaboard there. No limit on dive times, no waiting around 3-4 dives per day. Oxygen up to 100% available. I have done Truk Odyssey twice going back end of this year. Oh and a FULL bar.......



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:49 PM

If you are going to go inside the wrecks I highly recommend diving on twins for redundancy. Easier to swim with as well rather than a stage tank
Dustin also look at doing a liveaboard there. No limit on dive times, no waiting around 3-4 dives per day. Oxygen up to 100% available. I have done Truk Odyssey twice going back end of this year. Oh and a FULL bar.......


Thanks. We will be doing the siren boat, and some land based as well.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 05:24 PM

Really love diving off Siren boats but not sure how they will cope with twins tanks as it is a pretty narrow dive deck. Hope you have a great trip.



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 05:27 PM

Off a livebaboard you wont have the time restrictions of the day boats and worrying about people getting cold and hungry and waiting. Defintiley do a twin tank course. PADI Tec40 is great as it teaches you all aspects of twin tanks diving and a bit of deco as well







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