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Nic and I are off to Truk in December and I'm already thinking about our kit ! We're staying on the liveaboard Odyssey for the week so probably 4 dives a day. Just after some general advise really as regards;

1) What thickness wetsuit to take

2) Whether taking our Salvos is a good idea or overkill weightwise.

3) I'd prefer to take my wing and BP to twin-up with as I know that manifolded twinsets are available. I know the average dive depths aren't all that but I prefer my redundancy for the penetrations to be twinset rather than single and pony. Maybe do some light deco too. Again overkill or should I just take the BCD?

4) Any other tips or tricks ?

Thanks in advance

Graham :D

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Hi Graham
Very jealous! I did Truk last year and it is every bit as good as it sounds.
We twinned up - independent twins but definitely worth doing to make the most of the dives. That said we were shore based so doing only two (very long!) dives a day.
We took HID torches and I think it is definitely worthwhile. However be aware that to a Yank a torch is a cutting device (think acetylene)! The security guys at Guam and Saipan are locals with poor English and absolute [email protected] , make sure you explain that it is a flashlight otherwise they will take it away from you! Be prepared for MAJOR hassle from these arseholes.
The water is warm but you will be doing multiple dives a day and I would definitely take a 5mm full suit - by then end of the week you will be glad for it.
If you can - take a camera.
Enjoy it!
 

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I dived off Oddyssey in 2001 :D fantastic stuff.

The photos are still on their web site
Odyssey Scrapbook - Photos from Truk Lagoon
Odyssey Scrapbook - Photos from Truk Lagoon

You can do up to 5 dives a day but not if any of them are long ones. I think I managed four on most days and three on a couple - a total of 22 dives over the 6 days.

1) I found a 3mm full wetsuit was warm enough for a 90 minute dive. You are only likely to get one of those a day otherwise it starts to mess up the schedule for moving the boat.

2) There is plenty of light for most of the penetrations but you need a decent torch for a couple of them and the night dives. Something like a UK400 should be fine.

3) That's what I did. They were using twin AL80s which I hated as they were trying to bend me double by the end of the dive. Worth the pain for the longer dives though.

4) Remember to pack somthing thin with sleeves for the evenings sat on the deck. You might want to take a book as there ain't much else to do. Don't forget to tip. Take a camera...even if you have to buy one. Pay some attention to how you pack your bags and take as little as possible in hand baggage. If you are not with the guides be careful which bits you penetrate. Most of it is dead easy and reels are not practical. I found two bits where a reel is essential...and ended up crapping myself cos I realised about 2 minutes too late.


And if you don't enjoy it put your gear on e-bay and give up diving immediately :)
 

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Silent Knight
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Thanks for the heads-up chaps, much appreciated :)

I think I'll go with a 5mm in view of the multiple dive schedule.

Any more advice ? Hand luggage concerns me a bit, I normally max the 5kgs per person with regs etc... is this going to cause problems?

Cheers

Graham :)

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Any more advice ? Hand luggage concerns me a bit, I normally max the 5kgs per person with regs etc... is this going to cause problems?
Probably. Hand baggage is a bit of a nightmare at the moment. If it's sharp it's a weapon. If it's heavy it's a weapon. If it's liquid it's a weapon. If the security guy just doesn't like the look of it they will confiscate it. Personally I put regs in the hold and pack them well.
 

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Went to Truk last May, did two weeks on the Odyssey. Great boat, fantastic crew, incredible diving. Went via Manilla/Guam with Emerates, they allowed us to be a little over on the baggage, my carry on weighed 22kg. Two guys took their Megs, various pieces being secreted in multipocket shooting jackets ( looked like an SAS away day). Only problems with customs at Guam (US rules apply). Torches in carry on had to be discharged or have the bulbs removed, but not being allowed to carry any tools, we had to beat the s**t out of them to dislodge the bulbs or put them in buckets of water to cool the lamps while on. All booze was confiscated at Truk customs, the islanders have mega drink problems.

Took a 5mm suit and was pleased I did on the 50m dives. Took a wing and used twins, they also supply stage bottles and mixed nitrox to your needs for bottom/deco gas.

Diving very relaxed. Guides if you wanted. The general tone was " The pools open go and play". The Odyssey moves between wrecks so all our diving was from the mother ship rather than tender, so the deco trapeze was always in use.

You will have a wonderful experience.

There are some pics on my web site.

Chris

Underwater Photography and Scuba Diving Photos with Chris Hands at DIVE2DEEP.COM
 
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