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TRUK LAGOON

Join the 2011 expeditions exploring the sunken fleet of Truk Lagoon

29 JULY - 11 AUG 2011 and 25 NOV - 8 DEC 2011

Diving Truk Lagoon is the dream of many divers. But few realise that this is within the reach not only of rebreather and trimix divers.

The 2011 expeditions will be led by Leigh Bishop and Pete Mesley catering for ALL levels of diving from advanced recreational divers to Trimix rebreathers, with wreck sites chosen to maximise the adventure for all participants.

To register email: expeditions@fourthelement.com


What Experience Do I Need for This Trip?

Most people think that Truk is deep! Well, its not!! Over 50% of the wrecks within the Lagoon are shallower than 35m with the main superstructure round the 15-20m mark. Perfect for nitrox diving. It is our recommendation that your level of training is as minimum Advanced open water diver with some sort of formalised deep training and minimum of 50 logged dives. Bearing in mind that you will be diving within your training and experience levels. The only reason (apart from your own health and safety) why we recommend more experience and training is so that you will benefit more out of your trip. Also Nitrox certification would be a great advantage seeing you will be spending most of your diving round the 15-30m mark.

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Rebreather Divers

If you are a rebreather diver then, we have gone to great lengths to make your life SO much easier. We will be able to accommodate up to 30 rebreather divers at a time. So we will have all the cumbersome things that make your life a misery when travelling (tanks and sorb) ALL taken care of. We are even taking steps to import sufficient supplies of batteries (for inspos) and have spare parts available too - Just in case!

What's more important is the fact that rebreather divers have greater needs than open circuit divers. Most operators don't understand this and get frustrated by having to wait long periods of time for divers to surface. On ALL our trips we are TOTALLY focused on accommodating rebreather divers. So in short if you want to do a 3 hour dive on a wreck - you can, we just put you on a boat that will accommodate this so others are not having to wait for you!


Technical Open Circuit and Tech Rebreather Divers

One of the main reasons why I have dedicated the next 10 years to organising trips annually to Truk is for the sheer fact that there is SO much opportunity to dive untouched wrecks. With so many wrecks in the shallow waters of the lagoon, the deeper wrecks have been left untouched and un-dived by the dive guides simply because they don't need to take people to these areas. If you look at documention of the wrecks you will see just how little information is known about these ships. Something we are hoping to alleviate! On the last trip so much was uncovered and the pictures taken were astounding, find them in the photos tab above.

What's more is that you can have the best of all worlds. What we normally do is do a deeper dive in the morning and in the afternoon spend some time on the shallower wrecks. What will tend to happen is you will want to go back to wrecks again and again!


How Do I Book a Spot?

Because people are coming diving with us from all over the world we are offering different options. Basically the one constant thing will be the land based diving and accom packages. All flights and travel will be through a flight centre company. We have some options for people if they want us to plan things for them so please contact us about this. If you are coming from England we are looking at the luggage allowance problems that face divers. And at this stage travel through Japan will be the best route of travel. But if you want to get to Truk the cheapest way then it will be through Malaysia. But watch your luggage allowance. Also this way you can book and pay for your flights as soon as you can, this will enable you to have the best possible prices. We will need a $500 US deposit to secure your spot for the diving. ALL bookings to go to PETE MESLEY.

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All Photos courtesy of Fourth Element Dive Team member - Pete Mesley

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