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Perth Scuba News Issue 208

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Perth Scuba News Issue 208: 2nd March 2013 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Perth Scuba News! This week Glen gives an insight into the amazing wreck diving location that is Chuuk Lagoon, plus Lindsay shares some more of his club diving adventures, and then there’s all the awesome diving locations that are coming up in 2013. Don’t forget we’re off for our FREE Sunday Morning Club Dive – meet the crew at the shop 8:30am for your FREE BBQ breakfast!

What's Coming Up at Perth Scuba
Operation Hailstone a little history of Chuuk Lagoon

PADI Emergency First Response Instructor Course (First Aid) 16th March 2013

FREE Dive Travel Information Evening Tuesday 26th March 2013 7pm

Ningaloo Dive & Sail Safari 10th – 13th May 2013

Abrolhos Islands Dive & Fishing Weekender 17th – 20th May 2013

Brunei Dive Holiday 13th – 21st July 2013

Tawali, Papau New Guinea Dive Holiday 26th July 2013

Manado & Lembeh Strait Dive Holiday 4th April 2014

Shannon Conway Underwater Photography Workshop – Komodo Islands 5th July 2014

Kosrae Micronesia Dive Holiday 29th August 2014

Egypt Dive & Pyramid Tour 16th September 2015 – FULLY BOOKED 23rd September 2015 – 16 places left!

 

 

written by Glen Outhred – Perth Scuba Instructor

Lying within the Federation States of Micronesia, roughly 1800 kilometres north east of Papua New Guinea lies a wreck diving meca that has been the skies limit (or ocean depths) for divers across the globe holding more wrecks than Palau and Papua New Guinea. This popular location is Chuuk Lagoon and as you read on, you will find out how these atolls and islands came to be the awesomeness that it is today.

Many of you probably best know Chuuk Lagoon as Truk Lagoon or Ruk. Chuuk Lagoon was original a misinterpretation of Ruk, which then led to the popular name Truk Lagoon as you know today. Part of the Austronesian language, Chuuk means mountain which describes the atolls and protective reef.

Chuuk lagoon is a group of 11 major islands and approx 100 smaller islands. Although Chuuk was populated by the natives of Kosrae and Pohnpei around 2000 years ago it didn’t gain much notice until early in World War II when the Japanese used it as there main base in the South Pacific. Due to the heavy man made and natural fortifications, Chuuk was known as “The Gibraltar of the Pacific” and considered the most formidable of all Japanese strongholds.

With this we come to the American payback attack known as Operation Hailstone. With such an amass of battleships, aircraft carriers, gun ships, tug boats, tankers, cargo ships, submarines and minesweepers. Truk was the perfect choice to mount an attack to deal as much damage as the Japanese made on Pearl Harbour. On February 17th the Americans made their move but using a combination of airstrikes, surface ship actions and submarine attacks to take down the Japanese stronghold in complete surprise. The base of the attack was in the air force with bomb droppings and torpedoes. The navel fleet intercepted any Japanese ships that tried to escape. In total over 260 Japanese aircraft were destroyed along with over 50 ships including submarines, tankers, destroyers and cargo ships. All this was done in a battle that lasted 3 days.

Most of these sunken wrecks were originally in the Federation of Palau until they were moved inside the realm of the Chuuk islands. The attacks for the most part ended Truk as a major threat to Allied operations in the central Pacific; the Japanese garrison on Eniwetok was denied any realistic hope of reinforcement and support during the invasion that began on February 17, 1944, greatly assisting U.S. forces in their conquest of that island. After completing Operation Hailstone the Japanese would never be able to recuperate for the amount of loss sustained to their cavalry which in turn (after a few more American attacks) led to their surrender in August 1945.

Today Chuuk (Truk) is a mecca for wreck diving with an entire fleet all in one underwater location. Ships as deep as 70 metres fully intact (some with Jeeps and tanks still aboard). For the most part, the wrecks are in shallower water only as deep as 35 metres. Whether you’re an Open Water diver or Tec Trimix and rebreather, Chuuk Lagoon really is a must see in your diving adventures… And that’s exactly why 23 of the Perth Scuba Crew will be diving there next month!

Diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon
Perth Scuba Port Coogee Western Australia

written by Lindsay Phillips – Perth Scuba Divemaster

Perth Scuba headed down to the Coogee/Wreck for the weekly night dive, the water was quite calm and vis around 3 meters. Most of us had a hour dive.and saw plenty of critters. There were plenty of lion fish, heaps of octopus, crays, sea horses, cuttle fish and mahy more critters. Sarah came back and said it was one of the most awesome night dives she has had in Perth, I would agree with her. Both the north and south walls have so much to see in such a small area!!

Want to check out the Port Coogee Wreck for yourself? Best place to park is along Socrates Parade in the carpark close to the Napoleon Parade corner. Then you can gear up and walk down the rocks or head south to an area of the rocks that meets the sand (it’s a bit more level for those who don’t like to balance across boulders). Then you walk north about 100m along the white sandy beach until you reach the wreck which is easily seen from the shore. Try going to google maps satellite view and you can easily see the wreck just off the shore line near the rock wall.

Port Coogee Night Dive photography by Lindsay Phillips
Upcoming EventsMaster Scuba Diver ChallengeNingaloo Reef Dive and Sail Safari

Sunday Club Dive (FREE) Meet at Perth Scuba, Canning Vale 10 March @ 8:30am – This week we’re off to North Mole Fremantle!

Tuesday Night Dive (FREE) Meet at South Mole Fremantle 12 March @ 7:00pm

Wednesday Palau Siren Information EVening Special Guest: Marc Bauman from Sam’s Tours. Meet at Perth Scuba, Canning Vale 13 March @ 7:00pm

Sunday Club Dive (FREE) Meet at Perth Scuba, Canning Vale 17 March @ 8:30am

Congratulations to Thomas Corbett, Blake Nolan and Rob Cahill for achieving their Master Scuba Diver rating. These fantastic divers all completed up to their Rescue Diver level AND completed 5 PADI Specialty Dive Courses – great work guys and we look forward to seeing more join you on the Honour Board at Perth Scuba!!!

Want more details on becoming a Master Scuba Diver AND entering Perth Scuba’s Challenge Weekend?  Plus when you jump on our Master Scuba Diver Challenge Pack you get a FREE Rescue Diver Course!!! Click here for further details of the Master Scuba Diver Challenge.

Explore crystal clear waters diving or snorkelling…

Marvel at pristine hard coral reefs…

Cruise past huge barrell rolling Manta Rays…

Be fed Restaurant quality meals all day & into the evening…

RELAX – ENJOY – This is your holiday to the Ningaloo Reef with the Perth Scuba Crew departing from Coral Bay on the 10th May. Contact us to make your booking on this exclusive and exciting dive long weekender to the world famous Ningaloo Reef.

Perth Scuba PADI Master Scuba Diver EntrantsDive Ningaloo Reef
Upcoming CoursesPADI Dive Specialty CoursesPADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Specialty

PADI Open Water Diver Course starts every week! All inclusive only $495pp – Learn to dive in only 3 days!

PADI Advanced Open Water Course next course starts evening 22nd March only $395pp – a tasting plate of scuba diving in 1 weekend!

PADI Rescue Diver Course next course starts 29th March only $325pp – be the best buddy you can be!

PADI Dive Master Course next course starts 7th April only $995pp – jump into an exciting career!

 

Rescue Diver Course $325 – 29th & 30th March

Enriched Air Nitrox Course $149 – evening of 14th March

Shark AWARE Course $149 – evening of 20th March

Digital Underwater Photography $249 – 23rd March

Peak Performance Buoyancy Course $199 – 30th & 31st March

Deep Diver Course $325 – 6th & 7th April

Navigation Course $199 – 13th & 14th April

Wreck Diver Course $325 – 20th & 21st April

Drysuit Diver Course $199 – 4th May

Contact us to book your next Specialty Diver Course – gain experience, have fun and learn more about your diving!!!

Enriched Air (NITROX) is a great way to extend your bottom time by increasing your no decompression limits. By mixing a higher percentage of Oxygen in your cylinder (air contains 21%) to between 32 and 36% you can almost double your available dive time at certain depths.

Learn how to set your dive computer to use Enriched Air. Learn what percentage is best for the depth you are planning to dive and learn how to analyse the contents of your Scuba Cylinder.

In just a few hours you will be planning longer dives with higher percentages of oxygen. Learn the theory behind Enriched Air and some of the slightly more technical aspects of Partial pressures.

A great and informative course which will take your diving another notch higher! Our next course kicks off on the evening of the 14th March. Contact us to book your course and in only one evening you can be diving on Nitrox!

PADI Digital Underwater Photography SpecialtyPADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver

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