"A friend of mine from South Africa asked me if I wanted to visit Truk with him and some other buddies. I'm more of a cave diver than a wreck diver, but I thought that since Pete had organized a rebreather only group, that this would be my best ever opportunity to see the wrecks with decent bottom times. Pete did not let us down. Everyone on the trip was experienced, allowing us to do long, trouble-free runtimes. We got to explore whatever wrecks we wanted, and Pete's energy in guiding us to the best wrecks was unbelievable. Somehow he also convinced Simon Mitchell, one of the world's foremost decompression experts, to join us and this provided some real peace of mind, knowing that we had top-notch medical help on hand. Overall, I cannot imagine a better organised, better run trip. Pete arranged copious supplies of 'sorb, tanks, helium and oxygen, making travelling easier and ensuring great dives. Blue Lagoon Resort really came through as well, with friendly, knowledgeable guides on all the boats. If you're considering doing Truk, Pete's operation will give you the trip of a lifetime!"
Following a successful expedition in 2008, Pete Mesley already had most of the supplies in place for another trip in 2009. Pete’s trips cater almost exclusively for rebreather divers and their special requirements in terms of gases, cylinders and scrubber materials. Now while I am not an ardent rebreather fanatic who will advocate their use over any other system for any occasion, I do believe in using the right tool for the job. And there is no doubt that these machines are the perfect tool for exploring the wrecks of Truk Lagoon. The deeper and lesser dived wrecks can be explored at leisure without the same time constraints as open circuit. And of course the rebreathers offer almost unlimited bottom time on the shallower wrecks.
So 2009 saw the meeting in Guam of three separate teams from around the world. The British team headed by Leigh Bishop, the Kiwi team led by Pete and including Simon Mitchell, and the South African team (including one living in LA and one in Perth).
Arriving in Truk we were met at the airport and delivered straight to the Blue Lagoon Resort. After check in it was straight to the dive shop for kitting up in preparation for the following day. Pete’s organisation was magnificent and all gases and gear were ready as promised. The following day’s diving was a real eye-opener to the size and scale of these wrecks. The rough plan was max five people per boat and one boat per wreck to maximise enjoyment and minimise silting etc. We had a total of 23 planned dives each and unless one wished to repeat a certain dive, these could all be on different wrecks, which would still leave about 40 still to do! (Next trip is a must!) The morning dive would generally be a deeper one (max 62m) and then this was followed by an afternoon dive on a shallower (35m) wreck.
Jeans Full trip report on Flickr on the link below. Check out his awesome pictures!
Dr. Simon MItchell
This was my second trip to Truk. Prior to the first I remember being ready for disappointment after all the hype the place gets. The fact I went again this year and will go again a third time next year is all I need to say really. It is diving heaven. The wrecks are fascinating, and even if wrecks are not strictly your thing the wreck-environment interaction ensures there is abundant natural beauty to complement the rust. Indeed, my best photos are the ones that depict this. Pete's trips are long enough to get well entrenched in the wake-eat-dive-eat-dive-eat-sleep-and repeat (x10 at least) routine. And he makes it so easy with cylinders, sorb, gas, stages, tools, analysers etc on site. Brilliant stuff.
Can't recommend it highly enough.
Hi from another Pete Mesley Truk repeat offender,
This like Simon M (aka the Doc) was also my second trip, and I am already saving the pennies for a return. Truk is indeed the true Mecca of wreck diving especially if you like penetration dives, engine rooms, Kawasaki shipwrecks (yes I kid you not), marine life, and the odd bell.
I too was a purveyor of all things Truk! This was my 1st time there and WOW what a place, truly as Des says a mecca for rust! Pete's trip in my opinion was second to none, his attention to detail in regards to providing everything a wanting CCR dive (and the odd O/C head) could hope to need was available in abundence.
His logistics in organising our boats so each boatload could virtually choose where they wanted to dive on a daily basis instead of being hand held by a dive company - as I'm sure some of us have been acustomed to- was refreshing and exciting to say the least.
The good humor that was present during the trip was fantastic, this was backed on a serious side knowing that we had a world class dive Doc on site in Dr. Simon Mitchell with us taking a fully stocked medical kit out on the boat...All the boats in our party were linked via radio so if there was an incident our Dr. could act quickly, this was extremely comforting to know we had such acute backup on hand.
For me after 22 years of diving the workd this easily goes down as my best away trip so far!! I said one would need to "Do Truk" at leas once in their life....Unfortunately I feel I will need to return now year after year to satisfy a new itch I have developed!
I can't praise Pete Mesley high enough...cheers Pete and see you next year.
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