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Scuba Diving January/February 2019

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In this issue

2 min.
love at first sight

It’s a cliche that’s also a truism: You never forget your first. In 2010, I was a new diver and an even newer staff member of Sport Diver, Scuba Diving’s sister magazine. For our July issue that year, the staff planned to shoot BCs on a purpose-sunk wreck called Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach, Florida. I was nervous, and not just about being photographed for the magazine. This was my first wreck dive, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Deep, dark and full of snags, my anxious mind suggested. Nothing could be further from the truth. By luck, I descended last along a sloping line tied off to the wreck, and so was treated to the choreography of perfectly spaced divers gliding gently downward toward what looked like a toy boat, its…

1 min.

FROM SKY TO SEA The first thrill that greets every wreck diver is the outline of a sunken ship or plane materializing into view. Because of the nature of plane crashes, few end up on the seafloor intact. But some — such as the Jake seaplane in Palau or Corsair wreck in Hawaii — meet the water more gently, allowing divers to appreciate the wreck for years to come. “Every ship has a story, and most divers want to hear it. By exploring the past, we reflect on our history, and understand it a little better.”…

3 min.
rest in peace

Wreck diving carries us back in time. We look for clues on wrecks to foster our imagination, and read history books to help us understand what it was like for those who lived and died on these ill-fated ships. Tales of tragedy are often what we discover. Every ship has a story, and most wreck divers want to hear it. By exploring the past, we reflect on our history, and maybe understand it a little better. This is what I experience exploring the World War II wrecks of Chuuk, a wreck-diving mecca I call home, and my place of business for the better part of 10 years as a captain of the Truk-based Odyssey liveaboard. Many who served on Japanese ships here during WWII died in combat aboard vessels that are now…

2 min.
the islands of hawaii diving paradise

DON’T MISS THIS SIGNATURE PELAGIC MAGIC DIVE Our most extreme dive, the Pelagic Magic charter, is a 1-tank dive. We alone have a PADI distinctive specialty, “Pelagic Magic Diver” for those who opt to take the course. Following a classroom presentation, we start just after dusk, floating tethered off shore in the deep dark sea. We take smaller groups of 6 divers max and wait to see what goes by, usually not descending any lower than 50 feet. The mesmerizing jellies put on a colorful display that can only be described as breathtaking. Some zooplankton, that only rise to the surface to feed when the lights go out, are now visible to us. Our lights are but small twinkles in the vast blackness of the sea. 808-329-7585 dive@jacksdivinglocker.com www.jacksdivinglocker.com Dive Maui Full service Lahaina dive shop, great…

5 min.
paradise in pieces

One key to planning a successful dive trip is knowing exactly what you want — for those metalheads who love to fill their dive logs with wrecks top to bottom, it pays to do some research ahead of time. Luckily, there are plenty of destinations around the globe brimming with top-tier wreck dives. Here are a few destinations that pack in plenty of options, from the Pacific, United States, Europe and more. BERMUDA Bermuda and shipwrecks go hand in hand. In fact, settlement of the island can be attributed to a wreck. A Virginia Company ship packed with Englishmen headed for Jamestown wrecked here in 1609, marking the beginning of an established settlement. Today, hundreds of ships are scattered on the ocean floor; divers love to explore the highlights, such as the…

5 min.
sunken stories

1 /HMBS Yellow Elder Location New Providence Island, Bahamas Type of Ship Royal Bahamas Defense Force cutter Depth About 60 feet Access Divable Native Bahamian Stuart Cove is known far and wide for the bevy of wrecks sunk in the “backyard” of his New Providence Island dive operation. His latest, sunk on June 6, is the HMBS Yellow Elder, a 108-foot ship named for the Bahamian national flower. Originally commissioned November 20, 1986, as one of only three Protector Class ships built by Fairey Marine in England, Yellow Elder was used by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to battle illegal immigration, poaching and drug smuggling. It was decommissioned in 2016, when the 30-year-old ship became too costly to maintain. Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas was selected to take possession and repurpose it as a dive site. After…