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Noob
05-16-2011, 13:10
I just got back from Mermet and passed my Wreck cert. It was alot of fun. We penetrated the 747. It was one of the coolest dives I've done so far. I can see myself getting into cave and full penetration dives past light zone later down the road.

scubadiver888
05-16-2011, 13:42
Congrats. I enjoy going inside wrecks. Doing a 747 would be fun. Going into a cave is something very different. I cannot imagine going into a cave just yet. Not too sure if I ever will do cave penetration.

Noob
05-16-2011, 14:12
Thanks. We also learned to shoot a lift bag. Not part of the class but he taught us anyway. That was cool.

Oh no, A cave wont be anytime soon. I have a lot of things to learn before I even sign up for a cave class if ever. I really enjoy wrecks. They are just fascinating to me.

scubadiver888
05-16-2011, 14:18
If you like wrecks you should try to make your way up to the Great Lakes. At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River (Lake Ontario) there are over 500 wrecks within recreational dive limits. Over in Lake Erie there are almost as many but some are beyond 130' deep. Lake Michigan has quite a few as well.

Noob
05-16-2011, 14:27
I'm hoping too soon. Our local shop is having a trip up that way but I cant make it then. I'm hoping next year to do that. I'm slowly acquiring all the gear. I have the drysuit now to be able too. Its not all that far for me either.

scubadiver888
05-16-2011, 14:31
If you are looking for reels, check out eBay. I just purchased a nice 150' DiveRite reel and saw someone selling two jump reels for $30 ($15/each). They aren't the best but if you are staying in the light zone or doing shallow penetrations, cannot go wrong for $15 to $30.

Noob
05-16-2011, 15:57
I'll keep an eye out for some. Thanks. What size line do you use? I might go thicker then 24.

scubadiver888
05-16-2011, 16:08
I usually go with #24. I buy a spool of 500' that I keep at home. If the line gets a little ratty looking I'll toss the line and put a new line on the reel. I find that #36 is really bulky. Even though the wrecks I'm on have zebra mussels on them (sharp edges), I've never had a problem with a #24 line breaking. Mind you, before I go for a dive weekend I'll spend one evening unspooling a reel, checking the line and replacing if necessary. I usually do it while watch television.

navyhmc
05-16-2011, 19:42
Congrats Noob!!! BTW, that's a 727 not 747...though a divable 747 would be uber cool!!!!

gNats
05-16-2011, 21:11
Congrats!!!!

Glub000
05-16-2011, 21:16
Congrats Noob, wreck is next on my list. I'm planning to eventually head toward Lake Michigan sometime also. We checked out the outside of the plane and I'd like to come back once I'm trained to see the inside.

DiveHard
05-17-2011, 01:32
Congrats!! If you ever go tech check out the B-29 bomber and PBY float plane in Lake Mead!

tc_rain
05-17-2011, 09:11
Congrats Noob!!! BTW, that's a 727 not 747...though a divable 747 would be uber cool!!!!

yes it would...

Noob
05-17-2011, 09:21
Thanks all.

Oops sorry 727 not 747.

KO-Texas
05-19-2011, 10:04
Congrats Noob !!!! :smiley20: :smiley2:

KO

ReefHound
05-19-2011, 11:11
Thanks. We also learned to shoot a lift bag. Not part of the class but he taught us anyway. That was cool.

Oh no, A cave wont be anytime soon. I have a lot of things to learn before I even sign up for a cave class if ever. I really enjoy wrecks. They are just fascinating to me.

What do you mean by "wreck cert"? A wreck "specialty" class is basically an introduction to the skills and gear you will need, and a pointer to get you started not a measure of competence. It's ok for swim thrus and light penetration. Serious wreck penetration should be held in the same respect as full cave penetration, as it can be as or more dangerous, and requires the same level of skills, training, and gear.

Noob
05-19-2011, 11:58
Its the padi specialty. Not a full penetration class. I'm not that advanced yet for that complicated of a dive. I took the class to see if its something I'll enjoy and want to further my education in and it is. But it will take time and more dives to get down what I have just learned before moving on.