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Jayfarmlaw

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Me and 4 friends will be making the 12 hour drive to Pensacola to dive the Oriskany in a few days. Any tips, must see items on the boat, places to eat, things to see, etc? Any other wrecks that are must sees? We have 2 days of diving on a private charter. 5 men, 50+, old, fat, married, but damn good divers.

Love to hear local places to eat and what to order, as well as any local beers.

Figuring 32% and a good 3mm should be fine. Correct me if Im Wrong.

Thanks in advance for your response.

Jay
 

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32% will be OK if you stay on the upper portions, which start at 80 ft. Deck is now 145 ft,
Used to be shallower....
I dived her in May 2007; temps were upper 60s, lower 70s.
I dived it on trimix, all the cool stuff I saw was deck level and deeper.
 

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28% is the ideal mix. Any other info would, of course, be dependent on certification level and experience of divers. I usually hit the O on the way to or on the way from cave country, so I'm not much help for restaurants, etc.
 

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Let us know how it goes.

It's high on the list of dives I want to do with my son, a former Navy diver. We're waiting until we take some deco courses and gain more deep experience.

Best wishes,
 

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Maybe Elsa pushed it closer to shore. Wouldn't that be nice. This has been a dream dive of ours. Enjoy!
 

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Agree with all above.

I dived Oriskany about a year after she was made a reef. Deck at the conning tower was at 132' then, I reached down and touched my computer to the deck, then retreated back up to the 80'-90' swim-throughs at the Admiral's deck and navigators deck. that structure topped out at about 65' as I recall.

She was still a "gray ship" then, Navy paint still good. A couple of years later, a "brown ship", with new-ish growth, and a bit deeper and listed slightly from storm pressures.

Last time, around 5 years ago I guess (logbook not near me right now), she was clearly a "ship of the deep" with lots of growth. We went to the admiral's bridge for swim-through, it was at about 110' I think, which was as deep as non-techies like me cared to dive.

This thread makes me want to go back.
 

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Been to her once. AN/DP and that got me to the 150's flight deck.
Now have a rebreather and will someday spend some time in the hanger deck.

I hate saying this, but for a recreational diver all there really is to see is the island. Not that impressive in my opinion. The preverbal tip of the iceberg.
 

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Oriskany is a great dive, with usually good to great vis. With the 3 recent storms, the water may be a bit stirred up. I dove a couple of weeks ago (shallower) and water temps were in the high 70's with 80s on the surface.

Depending on where you're staying, there are a few restaurants to visit. I'm not a local, but I'm pretending to be. With whom are you chartered?

Oh, and I usually dive it with 32%.
 

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I didn't put this trip together, getting tanks and weights from Pro Dive (or Dive Pro). Staying in an Air BnB around Pensacola, and taking a private charter with a guide. Normally, I know all the details but I just don't care on this one. Get me to blue water and push my ass off the boat....it's been a rough couple of months. I need some bubble therapy in a bad bad way.

This is an annual trip like releasing 5 twelve year olds on the world with dads wallet and the keys to a truck. No wives, no adult supervision, no limits.....translation- enough blood pressure, cholesterol, flow max, Metamucil, geratol, Tylenol Arthritis, Advil, Alieve, and other geriatric meds to stock a nursing home pharmacy and we party like rock stars (if rock stars fell asleep after 2 Beers and snorted lines of Benefiber) until about 8 pm when we need to be asleep because we are all up all night peeing. Absolute debauchery....sort of....not really. I might have 3 beers....

All divers are very experienced, thousands of dives between us, but doing it in single tank rec gear. I'll take a hp120 just in case someone runs low, maybe a pony too. I like to stay down...deco or not.

Keep the suggestions coming, I'll drive a bit for good food. Prefer local, hole in the wall, locals-only type places...and local beers...

As always, I'll write a trip report when I get back to share any kernels of wisdom I might find.

I just ordered the complete greatest hits collection of Lawrence Welk!! Party on Garth....AAAAAND AHHHHHHHH ONE AND AAAAAAAHHHHHHH TWO.....

Jay
 

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That's awesome, have a great time. I'm bringing a group of buddies from Nor Cal for next year. We'll bring scooters and doubles. Are there shops in Pensicola that have Helium?
 
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