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Is Andrea Doria worth it?

Discussion in 'Wreck Diving' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. CLoP

    CLoP Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Los Angeles

    Were you able to do the dive? How was it? I just finished reading Deep Descent so I'm rather curious. Don't worry, I don't really want to dive it. Honestly I can think of plenty of other wrecks that are "more bang for the buck."

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
    Like which ones?
  3. Billy Northrup

    Billy Northrup ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Key Largo / Norcal
    Nope. I thumbed it a few days before. Despite my efforts I couldn't get the work up dives in before to have 100% confidence. However the boat ended up getting hit by lightning and fried the electronics so I got bumped to 07/19. Even if the boat went I have no regret, I got it now.
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  4. jadairiii

    jadairiii Solo Diver

    Just the other day I saw my old original Skin Diver Mag with the article about this. Were you the "Cover Shot"?
  5. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    Ok, since this thread was resurrected, I will ask my question now from @Akimbo or other sat divers.
    What was the typical dive like in terms of hours at depth and the decompression obligation? Pardon my ignorance, but you entered the decompression chamber at what depth?
    Thank you.

    BTW: Fascinating stuff.
  6. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    This thread explains it in detail including various tables: What is Saturation Diving?

    The short answer is a "dive" (seal-to-seal on the deck chamber) is typically around 30 days including decompression for shallower dives, like less than 600'/200M. Deeper dives tend to be longer because of longer decompression times.

    Typically each of three dive teams make one bell run per day (until decompression starts). One or two divers lockout depending on the job and jurisdiction. The bellman stays in the bell to monitor systems and tend umbilicals (thus the term "tender"). Bellman are equally qualified divers and teams usually share the task. It also gives them a slight break from the grueling 24/7 work schedule. The Aggressor fleet didn't invent the Eat, Sleep, Dive concept. :)

    Exiting the bottom hatch of the bell is called a "lockout". Lockouts tend to last 5-8 hours. A diver might stick their head back in the bell's trunk for quick breaks to down a sandwich while they are waiting for surface support to do something.

    The saturation holding depth is usually at the shallow end of the depth range required by the job. "Excursions" are allowed during bell runs from the sat depth and are almost always deeper. Excursion tables allow much deeper excursions for longer periods of time than shallower, so they are rarely done in my experience.

    Divers on most systems tend to work below the bell, which is often lowered a little deeper than the sat depth. There are a lot of reasons including it is easier to tend umbilicals and breathing gas recovery systems tend to have less problems with inevitable water entering the exhaust hose.
  7. 1atm

    1atm DIR Practitioner

    Just came across this video of dives on the Andrea Doria in 2016. Maybe interesting for those considering a trip. Also curious what those of you think about it (and the state of the wreck), who have dived her before.

  8. 1atm

    1atm DIR Practitioner

    And one more from 2017

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  9. Billy Northrup

    Billy Northrup ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Key Largo / Norcal
    I did it and it was certainly worth it! 1ATM was there and a big help. Some really strong divers present and , glad to be allowed to be there
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  10. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts
    Unfair. I was maybe conceived then (hence the nickname), not positive.

    I sometimes think about the early days of scuba and the opportunities they presented...

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