Archive for April, 2007



Zenobia Dive Cyprus

Thursday 12 April 2007 @ 2:42 pm


The Zenobia, a Swedish roll-on-roll-off ferry, was fully loaded with 104 trailers and trucks when she sunk on her maiden voyage to Cyprus in June 1980, off Larnaca’s fishing harbour. The wreck of The Zenobia is now lying on her port side at 42 meters, 1.5km from the shore. The sea bed in at a depth on 42m, and the top of the wreck is 16m below the water surface. The water visibility is up to 50m, with the temperature ranging from 16oC in the winter to 27oC in summer

zenobia dive cyprusThe Zenobia wreck has now become a protected artificial reef, with many species of fish making it their home, including Dusky and Striped Groupers, Sea Bass, Amberjacks, Barracuda, Parrotfish, a variety of Bream and Wrasse, to name but a few. In fact, the marine life in and around the wreck is unique, and the Dive Site is currently rated amongst the top ten wreck dive sites of the world.

The Zenobia wreck dive is an absolute must, for all serious divers, visiting Cyprus.




SCUBA Corsica B17 Wreck

Thursday 12 April 2007 @ 2:36 pm

See the wreckage of a B17 Bomber at Calvi, on the island of Corsica. The B17 wreck is North from the Calvi citadel, at the foot of a small green lighthouse.

The B17 American Bomber was used during WWII (1941+). It was also named the “Flying Fortress”, protected by 13 machine guns!

In 1944, the B17 G “Baron” was on a mission in Italy. Unfortunately, german fighters hit the Baron. Without his radio, the pilot Frank Chaplick, decided to fly to Calvi (Corsica, France).
The landing strip was too short, so he decided to land on sea.

Wreck size:
- length: 23m
- wingspan: 32m b17B17 Flying fortress




Airlie Beach

Thursday 12 April 2007 @ 2:21 pm

The main base for the Whitsunday Islands. A mecca for backpackers, pretty much run by backpackers.

It’s a thriving Town with everything geared up for the tourists

  • Reef Snorkelling
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Clubs and bars

See the filmstrip for an overview of life around Airlie Beach

Easily accessible islands include:

* Daydream Island
* Hamilton Island
* Hayman Island
* Hook Island
* Lindeman Island
* Long Island
* South Molle Island

You can camp on Henning Island, Hook Island,Denman Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island, North Molle Island, Planton Island, Shaw Island, South Molle Island, South Repulse Island, Tancred Island, Thomas Island and Whitsunday Island.
You can book camping and buy camping permits from the EPA. – Get a water taximan to drop off and collect.

Whitsunday Island is the largest Island. There is no accommodation on the island, as it is all National Park. However, you can camp at several places on the island with Dugong, Joes, and Sawmill Beaches offering water supplies. More fabulous beaches cover the ‘desert’ island.

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

 

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach




SCUBA Diving pets

Thursday 12 April 2007 @ 1:58 pm

This movie clip is amazing.

Watch the guy teaching his cat to dive with SCUBA gear on!




Decompression Chambers

Wednesday 4 April 2007 @ 3:26 am

 Portable Decompression Chambers

GSE Flex-Dec Chambers are available from http://www.sub-find.com/

Portable Decompression Chamber Decompression Chamber

This lightweight, flexible decompression pressure hull is made of a composite fabric with aluminum ends.
When the unit is inflated it still can be comfortably used in either a small diving boat or personal aircraft in the event of an evacuation. These units are certified to an operating pressure of 5.1 bar. This gives it the capability to perform an emergency decompression down to the maximum relief depth of 165 feet of seawater.