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    SCUBA Diving Albania: The Fisherboat Wreck

    July 10, 2012*

    After a couple of hours of rest, Idit and I met at the Hotel Maestral, where I was staying.

    The “Fisherboat Wreck” is just off the private beach of the Hotel.

    “You swim out, find the trail of tires, follow it to the sand path until you find the line that leads you to the bow of the Fisherboat,” Idit said.

    “Great, we’ll never find it,” I thought.

    The Fisherboat was sunk in a storm in the 1960’s or 70’s.

    The boat doesn’t have a name, so the Polish guys who found it just call it the “Fisherboat.”

    We spent about five minutes breathing off the tanks to test the air – it tasted like air, was dry, left no after taste and we didn’t get a headache or dizzy.

    The air was good!

    Ready to dive in Albania.

    I geared up and went into the water.

    I took my primary second stage, put it in my mouth, put my head underwater and breathed – breathed 85% air and the rest water.

    FUCK!

    Really?

    I told Idit.

    “What do you want to do?” he asked.

    I tested my auxiliary regulator; it was good.

    “Let’s continue, but if you have issues with air, we have to share this one – the other is not good,” I said.

    We swam out and looked for submerged tires while on the surface.

    It was getting dark, visibility wasn’t the best, so we descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #413

    Dove with Idit

    “Fisherboat Wreck”
    Saranda, Albania

    Air Source: Private compressor in Vlorë
    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 98 feet
    Waves: Flat
    Visibility: Up to 25 feet
    Water Temperature: 73 degrees
    Air Temperature: 90 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes or so

    I followed Idit, and sure enough, he lead us right to the Fisherboat.

    The bow of the Fisherboat

    Albania is very mountainous, with mountains going right to the sea; it is not difficult to get really deep, really quick.

    Fisherboat, Saranda, Albania

    The Fisherboat rests in about 100 feet of water.

    I brought a light, but the fucking thing didn’t work.

    Fisherboat Side.

    The Fisherboat is covered with nets and sea growth – light sea growth compared to Southern California standards.

    This was a pretty deep dive for a shore entry; Idit lead me back to the bow after 20 minutes and we followed the trail back to the shore.

    Emerging from a Saranda dive.

    I checked what was wrong with my primary second stage – the hose was cracked going to the first stage, allowing water in when I breathed.

    I fixed it with “Rescue Tape.”

    Hot chick in Saranda.

    Our Dive Master who supervised our dive.

    Idit told me, that he had not dove in a year.

    I expressed concern that he didn’t take a “refresher” course.

    He asked, “Why? Would you still have gone if you knew before?”

    I still would have gone.

    Saranda Sunset

    As the sun set, we packed up and headed out for a night in Saranda.

    *Due to time constraints, lack of reliable internet access outside of Tirana, a power outage in Tirana and the strength of Albanian beer, posting of this article has been delayed.

    1 Comment

    1. You’re killing me! You travelled half way around the world, to a place with no kind of dive support with gear that is on the brink? You truly are just to MACHO for words! I can’t waite for you to get back so we can hear all the shit you aren’t sharing on your blog. Get home safe.

      Comment by Chipper — July 16, 2012 @ 5:44 am

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