USS Oriskany, Pensacola, Florida
Sept. 19-22, 2012
Please note! This is an "Advanced Diving" trip. This trip is not for beginner divers. Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and a minimum of 30 dives. We suggest the following certifications in order to maximize your "Mighty O" trip: Enriched Air, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, and Self Reliant Diver (or equivalent ratings).
If your friends consider you a “Just Add Water” diver this trip is for you!
Y-kiki continues with its Advanced Series of Dive Trips now offering a 3 day diving expedition to the USS Oriskany. The Oriskany is the only Aircraft Carrier which is accessible to recreational divers and the easiest of any to travel to.
The Mighty-O, sometimes called the O-Boat, or the Toasted-O by her crew, was honorably sunk in May of 2006 as an artificial reef after earning 2 battle stars in the Korean War and 5 in the Vietnam war.
She got nicknamed the Toasted-O in 1966 when she experienced the worst shipboard fire since WWII when a magnesium flare was accidently ignited and forty-four men died in the fire. The damage of this fire is still apparent on deeper dives to the Hangar Deck (technical diving only).
We will be traveling by car on Sept. 19, 2012, and arriving late in the afternoon or early evening in Pensacola, Florida. On the morning of Sept. 20, 2012, we will make our first forage into the Gulf of Mexico arriving at the Mighty-O around 9:30 a.m. Recreational divers will make two dives on the “Island” of the aircraft carrier at depths of 80-130 fsw. Technical divers may make one or two dives, but must file and follow dive plans submitted to the crew.
The flight deck is no longer accessible to recreational divers as it begins at 140fsw. It is generally visible from recreational levels and is many times thought to be ocean floor due to is vastness. However, the ocean floor is still 70 feet deeper in 210-220 fsw.
Top of Smokestack: 84 feet
PriFly: 105 feet
Navigation Bridge: 124 feet
Flag Bridge: 134 feet
Flight Deck: 146 feet
Please note! This is an "Advanced Diving" trip. This trip is not for beginner divers. The Mighty O is 30 miles offshore and while conditions are generally mild, it can get rough.
Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and a minimum of 30 dives. We suggest the following certifications in order to maximize your "Mighty O" trip: Enriched Air, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, and Self Reliant Diver (or equivalent ratings). Talk with your friendly Y-kiki staff about scheduling these classes before your trip.
Lodging: We will be staying at the Suburban Inn located close to a local shop for gas fills and equipment. The hotel is a few miles from the dive boat which, unlike many in the area, departs very close to the ocean inlet allowing for a quicker transit to the wreck.
Cost of $875 Includes:
Round-trip van transportation. (Trip dates: Sept. 19-22. We plan to depart Y-kiki Divers at
5 a.m. on the 19th and begin our trek back to St. Louis at 5 a.m. on the 22nd)
4 nights accommodations (double occupancy)
3 days diving on the Mighty-O
USS Oriskany Specialty Diver
Mike Heffington, PADI Master Instructor, offers this specialty for those wishing to learn more about this famous ship wreck. Upon completion, you will receive a PADI U.S.S. Oriskany Specialty Diver certification card. Cost is $150. Contact Y-kiki for class dates.
Without Transportation or lodging:
Cost is $525 includes 3 days diving on the Mighty-O. You will drive home Saturday, Sept. 22 after diving and be responsible for your own hotel.
Meals and beverages
Tanks & weights
Trip Leaders: Matt Hahn & Ken Elliott
The fine print: Limited to 16 divers. A $300 per person nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your space. Final payment in full must be made by Aug. 31, 2012. All payments are non-refundable unless we can fill your space. Mark your calendars for the pre-trip social, Friday, Aug. 17 from 7-9 p.m. at Y-kiki Divers South County. Questions? Please email Ken Elliott.