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<font color='#810541'>I’ve just finished reading “Deep Descent” and am half way through “The Last Dive” and it’s got me wondering.  Deep Descent regards the Andrea Doria as the “Everest” of wreck diving – it’s hard to get to, technically challenging and has caused several deaths, so I can see the comparison.  However, because scuba technology is always advancing, my guess would be that deeper wrecks are becoming / will become accessible – whereas Everest will stay the tallest mountain.  So what is your  “Everest” of diving?  What are your aspirations in a diving sense?

I’ll start with a few of mine; these are only aspirational goals so I don't have a definite plan of action to realise them - yet!:

Obviously – to have as many ascents as descents is the underlying desire; to do plenty of diving and keep enjoying it.

Locations:
Scapa Floe
Truk Lagoon
Bikini Atoll
Ice Diving at the North Pole

Experiences
The SETT (yippee, doing that one in April)
NASA Neutral buoyancy lab (giant pool with model space shuttle in where astronauts train – I’d like to do that in SCUBA gear AND in a space suit!)
Hard hat / surface supplied.
Dry dive in a pot (by choice, not for treatment!)
I’d love to try on a JIM suit but my guess is that would be difficult to organise!

Wildlife (if I was any good with camera’s, these would be my ideal subjects, but I’m not so I’ll make do with seeing them in their natural habitats)
manta ray
blue whale (I’m not certain I’d necessarily want to be in the water)
basking shark

Deep Stuff:
Reading about Mark Chase & AndyP’s 102m dive in the Blue Hole shows me that I have a long way to go in terms of skills and fitness for that kind of extreme – but gives me something to aim for.
The Brittanic - ditto the above comment, I have a long way to go from my current diving to something like this.
 

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Hi,

It's interesting that you posted this as I was just thinking about the "way forward" earlier...

I'd really love to do some cave diving I think. Not really a Mount Everest as such, but definitely an aspiration. Only problem is I'm not sure if the first time I get in a cave/cavern I might soil my undersuit!!  


Cheers,

Fraser.
 

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<font color='#32CD32'>I have to agree, Chasey write up of the blue hole has given me more than a little food for thought.

Also, just because of being able to say it really, I'd like to dive and come back safely from the Doria.

Juz

Ps what's a JIM suit?
 

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Interesting thought - for my self I just want to continue enjoying the variety - whether it be the pretty fish of the Red Sea or a cold dark deep wreck off Iceland in January (maybe not).

As a complete opposite, I was talking to woman on a boat off Sharm (allocated buddy) who was giving up because she'd "done" it. 100 dives or so, whale sharks, mantas etc etc. Nothing else to see so......  Depressing

Richard
 

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Some of the deeper classic wrecks for me.  The Andrea Doria while there is still something left to dive on. The justicia and a few other wrecks in that area.  The Saratoga.  I'd also like to have a crack at the Lusitania and the Brittanic one day but this is a long way off both due to current cert level and the cost and logistics involved in just getting to the dive sites.

And just being able to dive and be safe doing it for a long time to come.

Cheers

Simon
 

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For me its an expedition to find a wreck.  I've always thought this would be exciting so I've started to take the steps to do it: Deco course, joining local archaeology group, etc.  Its still a ways off, but its nice to work toward something doing something (SCUBA) that you like.
 

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<font color='#FF0000'>My diving ambitions are always a bit twee when compared to everyone else it is simply to dive and swim with turtles.....................I love them I've always seen them in the distance but you know what it is like  when you're diving with a crowd someone spots something there is a mass flurry of excitement where everyone sprints hell bent to the object of desire and scares the thing away.  Anyway Egypt in Jan very quiet and I was playing at around 6 metres on a deco stop when this turtle heads right for me within kissing distance (although I didn't) and was not at all worried by me gently finning along beside it before it dived to the depths......it was fantastic the best memory of my holiday........I know all you expert divers will be 'turtles ten a penny, seen loads of them' but I love them and will always buzz off the sight of them.  Anyway my other thing is sharks and I'm hoping to toddle off to Sudan where hopefully there will be some not too close encounters.

Tom that Killer Whale thing looks fantastic, might have to make that one of mine as well if you don't mind.:p
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>If you want turtles, then Tortugas off playacar in mexico is the place for you.
Hawksbills everywhere, grazing on plant life so you can just hover and watch!
Nice dive.

My own ambitions would have to include the lusitania, more cenote diving and cracking the 100m mark.

Stu.
 

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Mine are the bog standard ones I'm afraid:
Bikini Atoll
Chuuk
Cocos and Malpelo
Galapagos
Yucatan (for caves)
 

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I think it would have to be the deep wreck stuff for me.

Would certainly love to go and dive the USS Saratoga in Bikini Atoll.

Ice diving is an idea i've been playing with for a while.

[b said:
Quote[/b] (aclivity @ Mar. 04 2004,12:58)]Locations:
Scapa Floe
Truk Lagoon
Bikini Atoll
Ice Diving at the North Pole

Experiences
The SETT (yippee, doing that one in April)
NASA Neutral buoyancy lab (giant pool with model space shuttle in where astronauts train – I’d like to do that in SCUBA gear AND in a space suit!)
Hard hat / surface supplied.
Dry dive in a pot (by choice, not for treatment!)
I’d love to try on a JIM suit but my guess is that would be difficult to organise!
Come on the Scapa Trip i'm organising for July 2005, and for the dry dives contact this place Murrayfield Hospital Hyperbaric Unit

Cheers,

Tim :p
 

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Quote[/b] ]Mid term goal: Iceland. Stunning beauty underwater and above ground.
Hmmm, wild and remote in places, certainly awesome but beautiful?? I thought it looked like the moon personally...

Abiding memory is of no trees at all. There is a saying, if you get lost in a forest in Iceland, stand up!

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[b said:
Quote[/b] (Richie(2) @ Mar. 04 2004,13:38)]As a complete opposite, I was talking to woman on a boat off Sharm (allocated buddy) who was giving up because she'd "done" it. 100 dives or so, whale sharks, mantas etc etc. Nothing else to see so......  Depressing
That just demonstrates a total lack of imagination.


Wild life: To Do list,

BIG mantas
Shoals of Hammer heads
Whales
The Sardean run

Diving to do list:

CCR diving
The Arches at Thomas Canyon
The bottle cave Gozo
The twin Arches Gozo
Cave diving in Mexico
Ice wall diving

Ship wrecks

Lucitainia (Irish sea one)
Scapa wrecks
Jutland wrecks
Normandy wrecks
Bikini
Truck
The Zenobia
etc etc

The list gets bigger every year.

Thing is i want to do all the deep ones before I am 45 (5 years) so I am still fit enough to cope with the dive. After 45 I think I will limit my self to 50m.


ATB

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Right, well what everybody else said.

I really just want to have more time to dive and get out there and do it.  Don't really mind if its Anglesey, Mull, Red Sea, Antartica, GBR etc etc.

Oh and progress my skills and become more proficient.
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>To CROSS the English channel , UNDERWATER..........starting at the high water mark in the UK , and finish at the High water mark on Calais beach.........

The plan is there and YES it can be done on a 3 lt cylinder.
 

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mine is all ofthe above, except the english channel, just want to dove everywhere. after seeing Norsemans pictures i really want to dive in norway, so much sea, so little money!
jules
 
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