My second trip out to see the Zenobia was a little later in the year so this time it should be warmer.
When we arrived in Cyprus my buddy realised his dive computer was stuck in dive mode. He had been playing with it on the plane and as we descended the computer switched into dive mode. We had to take the batteries out to clear it. After dropping the kit off at the wet store we got checked into the hotel.
Got up bright and early on the first day and got the kit togeather ready for the checkout dive. Everything went without a hitch and after lunch we proceeded onto dive two. For me I was working through my TDI Decompression Procedures so I didn’t dive again with my buddy for the following four dives.
During my last training dive we were completing the deco stop and I spotted the submarine heading towards us. This sub has unguarded props so we moved away from the line we’d stopped at for the safety of the tethered deco trapeez. Fortunate really as the submarine ploughed through where we’d just moved away from.
Of the whole week the last three dives of the week are those I most remember.
The first was with Mick Lucy it involved a visit to the middle car deck. Squeezing in through quite a tight series of hatches and once inside there was absolutely no light penetration from outside. If the torches had failed we would have been up a gum tree. I had dived earlier that day so had a max depth which meant I needed to stay against the starboard bulkhead (the roof). My buddy had been inside this car deck before and wanted to investigate further so he went deeper.
The first dive of the last day was a treat as we were escorted by big Chris on quite a journey through the wreck. This started with a major squeeze into the wreck traversing a horizontal ladder through an escape hatch which was covered with a cage. My torches clanked on the ladder as I pulled my way into the wreck. Once inside the middle car deck we moved through and back out of the hatch we had entered the previous afternoon. Next on the tour was a visit to the engine room moving right behind the engines themselves. I got narc’d and lost track of the route through and pushed my way behind some pipes. Paul my buddy was stopped from following me through by Chris and I joined them both just before we left the room. Next we took worked our way through the crew cabins and eventually exited through the front window of the restaurant. Whilst it had it’s moments that was an excellent dive. Also according to my dive computer I topped 45 metres which must have been went I went off the track.
For the last dive once we agreed to only penetrate the wreck into the upper car deck. We were given our leave to dive unescorted. We dropped over the stern down towards the prop and then drifted through the lorries on the sea bed towards the bone lorry. At the bone lorry we penetrated the wreck through the upper car deck worked our way through and out of the hatch forward. After a final goodbye we asended towards the trapeeze to complete the final safety stop at the end of the dive.
Unfortunately my camera decided it only wanted to take film so once I’ve cut the scenes together I’ll upload them for now these are the snaps I could take.