View Full Version : Gary Gentile coming to Sav. Ga.

03-09-2009, 10:32
Hey guys,

Black beard Scuba Club is bringing Gary Gentile to Savannah. He will be here 1 May 2009 to do a presentation on the Lusitania, read below for more informaton. He will also be diving with us on May 2nd and 3rd on local wrecks. If you're interested in diving, please contact Shannon @ armypilot12003@yahoo.com. Priority for spots goes to club members for $150 and then non-club members for $175. More to follow on the dives, but they will be in recreational limits.

Diving the LUSITANIA

See the future of technical diving -- In June of '94 the author participated in an expedition to one of the most renowned shipwrecks in history, the Lusitania. Lying at a depth of 300 feet, the wreck is immersed in cold, dark water which is constantly swept by strong lunar tides.
In order to work safely at this depth, the dive team breathed exotic mixtures of helium, oxygen, and nitrogen. Each diver carried five tanks: back-mounted twin tanks containing bottom mix, two side-slung bottles containing decompression gases, and a bottle of argon for suit inflation. Divers entered the water during the 45 minute slack between tides. All decompression was conducted in-water on a decompression station which was cut loose from the down line when the tide picked up, and which then went adrift.

Of all the victims of World War One German U-boat warfare, the Lusitania is the most well-known. The ship sank only eighteen minutes after the U-20 fired a single torpedo into the British liner's hull. Nearly 1,200 people lost their lives, of which more than 100 were American, arousing American wrath over Germany's policy of unrestricted U-boat warfare.

Underwater slides show the wreck as it exists today, broken and sagging. Portholes lie scattered about the hull and seabed. The remains of the wheelhouse, which slid off the hull as the superstructure collapsed throughout the years, lies exposed on the rocky bottom. Clearly visible among the debris are the telegraphs and helm station.

The author also discusses the various gas mixes used, the decompression procedures, boat access, and all phases of preparation for what was a complex and highly technical dive operation, and which was conducted in a remote corner of Ireland, where all expedition gases and equipment had to be delivered. For those interested in the state-of-the-art of technical diving today, this presentation is an eye opener.

See more about Gary on his web site and stand by as club leadership post more information. Don't miss this exciting oportunity to hear and dive with one of the most prolific active divers today.

http://www.ggentile.com/ (http://www.ggentile.com/)

03-09-2009, 13:10

03-09-2009, 15:58

ok.... you owe me a new monitor! :smilie39: