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post #61 of 70 Old 10-20-2009, 11:49 AM
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I've been PADI certified for 11 years and fascinated with the underwater world my whole life. I've been fortunate enought to dive The Great Barrier Reef, West Palm Beach, Jamaica, The Gulf of Mexico, and a ton of freezing cold quarries here in North Alabama.

I would give up ALL other hobbies before I would quit diving. There are no words to describe what it's like. It must be experienced first hand.
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post #62 of 70 Old 10-20-2009, 12:50 PM
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I look forward to diving the Oriskany some time in the near future (hopefully). Anyone else here been down there to see her?
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post #63 of 70 Old 06-14-2012, 03:06 PM
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Decided to bump this thread since there is another active SCUBA thread...

Also, just picked up a 38 special last night. Can't wait to take it out

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Decided to bump this thread since there is another active SCUBA thread...

Also, just picked up a 38 special last night. Can't wait to take it out

I met a guy last february in Cuba that does this. He had some awesome stories to share, and even more tastier fish to share.
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post #65 of 70 Old 06-15-2012, 05:47 AM
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I've been PADI certified for 11 years and fascinated with the underwater world my whole life. I've been fortunate enought to dive The Great Barrier Reef, West Palm Beach, Jamaica, The Gulf of Mexico, and a ton of freezing cold quarries here in North Alabama.

I would give up ALL other hobbies before I would quit diving. There are no words to describe what it's like. It must be experienced first hand.
Amen to that. Scuba is whole other world down there and it is GREAT! As long as we don't screw it up!

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I look forward to diving the Oriskany some time in the near future (hopefully). Anyone else here been down there to see her?
Dove her 3 months after they sank her in 2006. Not much large life on her when I dove her, but the little critters were already making her a home. When my wife, son, and I dove her, the flight deck was still about 110'-120' or so. She has since settled a bit more, so the flight deck is about 140-150' now I think. But if you're not wanting to hit the deck, the tower is still a great dive, with the top of it right about 75-80' down.



Current is fairly swift at the top, so you descend on the line, but once there, it really isn't a problem.

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Dove her 3 months after they sank her in 2006. Not much large life on her when I dove her, but the little critters were already making her a home. When my wife, son, and I dove her, the flight deck was still about 110'-120' or so. She has since settled a bit more, so the flight deck is about 140-150' now I think. But if you're not wanting to hit the deck, the tower is still a great dive, with the top of it right about 75-80' down.


Current is fairly swift at the top, so you descend on the line, but once there, it really isn't a problem.
Sadly, I posted that over 2 years ago and still have not made it to the Oriskany. Talked to a guy that dove it a few years ago and he said he clocked the flight deck right at 150', so that sounds about right. GREAT family pic, BTW!
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I don't see why they put them so deep. Wreck diving is a blast and when they are that deep you don't have enough time to really explore unless you tie off tanks for decomp.
There are some good wrecks off San Clemente island that are at a reasonable depth, but the good ones are deep.

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It wasn't supposed to be that deep, but she sank a LOT faster than expected and she hit the bottom pretty hard. Being mostly sand it isn't surprising she's settled a bit. Also a few hurricanes have affected her a bit too.

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I would love to go down on her. (didn't sound right I know) I saw the information about her in a scuba magazine. Some guys were wearing doubles and did a photo shoot. I need to get out and dive more often. the water n So. Cali is cold and poor visibility compared to other places.
If I dove more often I would get the Divator mask with radio gear. Pricey but not ridiculous.


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Rik, if you end up making it out this way, hit up the FL keys too. Some good dives there too! But if you dive the Oriskany, let me know. Perhaps I could make it down to the coast and join ya!

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