Take a couple of quiet days during low season, flat calm seas in the Gulf of Thailand and a bunch of techies and you have all that’s needed for a quick dash to the Torpedo wreck, one of the easier-to-reach technical wreck dives from our Koh Tao base.
With ropes off scheduled for 7.30am, preparations were made on the previous day, including gas blending, dive planning and general equipment setup. Whilst the plan had been to dive rebreather, backmount and sidemount configurations, a late-stage rebreather cell problem means three of us are on backmount and one diver is in sidemount configuration.
With the deepest part of the wreck situated in just over 50 metres, we are using air as our back gas and EAN50 as well as oxygen as decompression gases. Trimix is worth considering in these depths allowing divers to be affected less by narcosis.
Today, visibility is around 10 metres, on the low side for this wreck, but nevertheless allowing for fairly easy navigation, even for our first timers. First dives are completed on time and on schedule, and the teams use the surface interval to agree their dive plans for the second dive. Taking a look at the bow seems a good option and when all is agreed it’s time for lunch. Bring a Spanish person on a dive trip and you get authentic tortilla!
Once all teams have completed two successful dives, it’s time to head back to Koh Tao, but not without taking a look at another wreck mark on the depth sounder. The Gulf of Thailand really is a mecca for wreck divers with plenty of Marus and other wrecks almost on our doorstep. We organise trips to the deeper wrecks regularly and are always keen to invite more techies along. Want to know more? Get in touch about diving the wrecks of the gulf and our expeditions coming up later this year!