petemes wrote:The lermi is one hell of a dive with so many areas which are conducive for most divers at differing experience levels. But there is also more scary monster areas that are not conducive for most divers. I hope that the laws of Darwinism will keep the gene pool strong but there are places on the wreck which are Bloody dangerous - plain and simple. What we will also see (unfortunately) in the future is more people getting into trouble in this wreck. The more people who penetrate the wreck will statistically give more rise to problems occurring.
Its those scary monster areas that I'm up for avoiding at this stage and probably a long way into the future. That being said it may be interesting to discuss no go areas and reasons why. I appreciated the opportunity to read your trip reports with some of the varied difficulties that you as a very experienced diver find with a wreck such as the Lermontov, especially the open circuit / silt issue. I noticed this for myself in areas such as the library. Perhaps if we have open discussion on this issue it may hopefully in some way avoid some of the potential problems you speak about above. That being said I'm quite sure that Darwins laws are still going strong and that there are always going to be idiots who try to do more than they should. Perhaps if it were to be discussed it could be an invite only area of the forum? I know that I would certainly appreciate learning about current dangerous areas to be aware of or to avoid to ensure that I am as knowledgeable as possible before diving and can then make informed decisions to keep myself safe.
My best advice for diving in this wreck - Just take it easy and dont push it.
I'd have to agree with you on this, its a totally different experience all of its own. Some of the simple penetrations such as the winter gardens are really quite interesting and challenging all in their own ways.
The more you dive it the more you will enjoy it. I have pictures of the last 10 years where entire stairwells have disappeared, bar stools completely intact, clocks in every corner. The wreck has only been underwater for a little over 21 years. With that said, its not shaping up too well!
Just out of interest are the pictures those that are available on your website? As to condition of the wreck I'd have to agree with you. Is it because much of the interior is built out of wood or is it sloppy craftsmanship / poor materials that were used? Are the plans on your website the original deck plans? If not is there a chance to get those from somewhere to look at the changes that were made when the ship was modified in the 70's. Just really interested in the wreck, even more so after being there myself.