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SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#1  Postby Narco » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:46 pm

Hello fellas, i'm just curious. Was in Pulau Weh and tempted to do the Sophie Rickmers. Just wondering. Has anybody from this forum been there? If yes, pls share. How the dive was, what preparation needed, dive condition and etc. Got pics Even betta.

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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#2  Postby Snafu » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:58 pm

Hi narco,

To dive Sophie Rickmers need good plan n preparation, only gas option u have is air which can get u in-trouble if u not able to manage narcosis at depth.

Next would be ur decompression gas, which again going to be air n that would double ur time with higher possibility of dcs.

At that depth, there r no such thing as buddy system...not that ur buddy can do anything if something goes wrong so be competent, know ur limit & be safe.

Is better to be wondering what is like to be down there then wanting to be back on surface when u r down there.

Sophie Rickmer is not going anywhere, take ur time to prepare urself & be safe....134m in length, 35m-37m at wheelhouse n 55m-60m bottom, hardly any current..is cold.
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Post Number:#3  Postby Narco » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Thanks snafu, good input. Sounds like technical diving to me. But as far as I'm concern, technical diving need special blend of air. Lumba lumba can't do air mixture. How on earth they bring divers our there?
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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#4  Postby Snafu » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:40 pm

Just air n u won't remember most of the dive due to narcosis....prefer to use Heliox or trimix but not available in Weh.
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Post Number:#5  Postby Narco » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:10 pm

Exactly the point that I'm concern off. Diving at that depth with just air is quite risky. Yep, I don't think heliox or trimix is available in Weh. Thanks man.

I wonder how one organize a tech dive in weh. Or they just belasah breathing air??
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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#6  Postby Snafu » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:37 pm

Always on Air
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Post Number:#7  Postby Narco » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:52 pm

Thanks snafu bro!
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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#8  Postby Snafu » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:15 pm

No worries & dive safe
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Post Number:#9  Postby run » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:42 am

after searchinng around found this site and what i assumed is true. They are using normal air but with deep dives speacialty
Look at the description" For experienced deep divers only, you'll have 18 minutes to explore the wreck before starting the 45 minutes decompression ascent"

i think maybe some of them already narc :P
http://www.imagesfromunder.com/dive-asia/indonesia/pulau-weh/sophie-rickmer-wreck
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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#10  Postby Narco » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:43 pm

Thanks Run.. yep, air it is.. single tank and it ain't gonna be long.. do the dive and they hang several tanks at certain point during safety stop.. seems like one is spending longer time for deco rather than ejoying the wreck.

I'm agreeing to snafu, it does have high risk of getting narc and DCI.. risky.. but it seems like the Sophie is a beauty.. I'm in love..

Will nitrox make a diff?
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Post Number:#11  Postby run » Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:53 pm

doubt using recreational nitrox diving would make a different.
maybe you or the rest will be interested in reading this.
I found the link by accident and been keeping it for future study;p
http://www.borneodream.com/forms/english/tdi-advanced-nitrox.pps
hoping one day will have the chance to dive those wrecks in Labuan.
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Post Number:#12  Postby Narco » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:59 pm

Thanks Run.. erghh, makes me feel really small after reading the notes.. hehe.. I kena narcosis already.. hehe
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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#13  Postby Snafu » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:19 am

Enriched Air is not for deep diving. The higher O2 content will make ur dive shallower.
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Post Number:#14  Postby Narco » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:06 am

Yep, thanks snafu.. In nitrox, we can have higher O2. Thus diving deeper will increase the level of ppO2. Can give u trouble.. I guess the best and prob the 'safest' is by doing trimix etc. Thanks snafu.
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Post Number:#15  Postby syamdive » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:13 pm

Went there last Dec. Here's the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWR971lqQP8#
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Post Number:#16  Postby JJTan » Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:33 pm

Going down to 60m on 1 tank = cowboy divers ;p
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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#17  Postby syamdive » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:19 pm

From the video description.

The gang from Rubiah Tirta Divers went for a dive at the WW2 Sophie Rickmer Wreck in Pulau Weh, Acheh - Dec 2012. Max depth 60m, deck depth 40m, time spent at wreck 20 minutes. Ascend & decompression time 60-70 minutes. 4 divers, 1 spare tank & 1 drop tank - dive with air.

Personal choice to dive there - if you don't like it, don't do it.
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Post Number:#18  Postby JJTan » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:52 pm

Hang time 60-70mins, jaw jam! ouuchhh.. ;)
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Post Number:#19  Postby mamakpenang » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:56 pm

wow, very nice....
syamdive, if you going there again, do let me know, i am interested to dive sophie rickmers....... :grin:
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Post Number:#20  Postby ericcc » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:01 pm

sounds like a great adventure dive!  60 min ascension... wow... what to do la during that time... 2 or 3 safety stops ke.
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Post Number:#21  Postby gavstang » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:31 am

Too dangerous without the proper training.  And Syam is right, its a personal choice.  My personal choice is not to do it.  Dive right, stay alive.
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Re: SOPHIE RICKMERS IN PULAU WEH - ANYBODY BEEN THERE?

Post Number:#22  Postby Narco » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:33 pm

Good to see other Sophie's enthusiast. I intend to revisit Pulau Weh again in 2013. Mamak, u want?
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Post Number:#23  Postby mamakpenang » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:55 am

haha...sophie rickmers.....mamak want...
narco, pulau weh this year insyaAllah bleh, but must plan for sophie rickmers...... :grin:
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