Pohnpei, Micronesia
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THIS WEEK WITH LAIDENKI DIVERS

weekend dives and announcements:

Suggestions for dives on Saturday, 19 January 2019

Winds are forecast to be easterly, which makes diving the western side of lagoon a good option. The tide in Sokehs’ Harbor is low at o7:30,  so an 08:30 departure (meet at the shop to make sure everyone has proper gear) from Litakika gets the boat to Pehleng Pass by 9:45. Dive 1 from 10:00 to 10:50. During the surface interval, the boat will move to Dahwak Pass for Dive 2, beginning around noon. The boat should return to Litakika by 14:30, unless we make a long surface interval. Cost for the trip is $80 per diver. We need a minimum of 4 divers to make the trip, unless the divers wish to pay a premium if there are only two or three of you. 

If you prefer alternate sites, please contact us. We need a minimum of four diversSign up at laidenkidivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or call 320-3181 during business hours by Thursday evening.

On Sunday, 20 January 2019:

The boat will be taking dive students for their final Open Water Dives at Coral Gardens. We will gather at the shop at 10:00 (to sort out gear), with a 10:30 departure from Dipision. Both dives will be at Coral Gardens. This is also a good snorkeling site. Cost for non-student divers is $60 for two dives. Cost for snorkelers is 2 $20.00.

Sign up at laidenkidivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or call 320-3181 during business hours by Friday evening.

Saturday, 15 December

Dive 1: Sunrise at Coral Gardens; depart Dipision at 04L45 (gather for gear at 04:30)

in water at 05:00; Surface Interval 06:30-07:30 (move boat to Manta Road)

Dive 2: Manta Road

in water by 07:30

Surface Interval: 08:30-09:30 (move boat to Old Main Pass)

Dive 3: Old Main Pass (find clear water: in water by 10:00

Return to Dipision by 12:00; Cost per diver is $140; snorkeler is $25

Sunday, 16 December

Dive 1: Pehleng Corner

depart Litakika 08:30 (gather at Store by 08:00; in water by 09:30; Surface Interval at Corner

Dive 2 - Outer Reef Wall north of Pehleng Corner; in water by 11:30

Return to Litakika by 1:00; Cost per diver is $80

Proposed dive for 17 December

Drift Dive  at Mwahnd Pass

Depart Dipision at 08:30; in water by 09:15; return to Dipision by 11:00; Cost per diver is $50

Sunday, 9 December

There will be a two-tank trip for fun dives at Pehleng Corner and Dahwak Pass, leaving at 09:00 and retuning by 15:00. Cost per diver will be $80. Contact us at laidenkidivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or call during business hours at 320-3181..

Saturday, 8 December

The Rescue Class will conclude its training exercises by conduction scenarios, both planned and spontaneous, at Lenger Ramp. All Rescue Divers on the island have been invited to join in the scenarios. This training will last three to four hours.

Sunday, 2 December

The Rescue Class moves to open water at Lenger Ramp. All certified Rescue Divers on the island (whether PADI or NAUI) have been invited to use the exercises as a way to refresh their rescue skills. The training will last six hours.

Saturday, 1 December

We (John Andon, Dive Master, Stephanie Ritland, Dive Master Candidate, and John Ranahan, PADI MSDT) will conduct Rescue Diver training in confined water at Pohnpei’s Olympic Pool. The candidates will practice various skills in confined water, preparing for open water exercises.

Saturday, 24 November

Join us for two dives along the inside reef north of Manta Road and west of The Chimneys. The spots look great on Google Earth. There will be incoming tide all morning, so the visibility should be good. Sign up by Friday noon. Cost per diver will be $70; cost per snorkeler will be $20. Departure will be from Dipision at 10:30. Meet at the Dive Center at 10:00 to sort through gear. Contact us at laidenkidivers@gmail.comjoranahan@gmail.com, or call us at 320-3181.

Sunday, 4 November

We will be taking a two-tank trip to Pehleng Pass where we will use both corners of the pass for the final two Advanced Open Water dives. We will also provide a certified PADI Dive Master to guide the non-class participants. Cost for the trip will be $80.00. Departure will be at 09:00 from Litakika. Gather at the Office/Store at 08:30 to assure proper gear for the trip. Gear rental is extra for non-class participants.

Saturday, 3 November

We will be doing another three-tank Advanced Open Water trip to outer reef flats/walls. We’ll be doing class dives, including a night dive, but we will also have a certified Dive Master to guide non-class members.Cost for the trip will be $100. Gear rental is extra for non-class members). We will leave from Dipision at 13:00, with a return by 20:00. Gather at the Office/Store at 12:30.

Friday, 2 November is FSM Independence Day Holiday (actually on Saturday, but the day off is Friday). Celebrate with a two-tank diving/snorkeling trip to Sandy Bottoms for two easy dives that are great for photography. The snorkeling is also excellent. We’ll depart from Litakika at 09:30. Gather at the Office Store to assure proper gear.  Cost per diver will be $60 (assuming a minimum of 4 divers; $75 each with 3 divers) and $15 per snorkeler (assuming 3 or 4 divers).

On Friday, 1 November, we will hold an information session for the PADI Open Water Class at the Office in Dipision.The session will begin at 18:00 and will include a short introductory video, an opportunity to view the course material, and time to set up a schedule for the class that will have certification complete by December 9, 2018. Cost for the class is $350.00, with a non-refundable deposit of $100 due at the first classroom session.e those not participating in the class. Return to Dipision by 19:30.

On Wednesday, 31 October, Laidenki Divers will hold  an information session for the Rescue Diver Class at the Office in Dipision. Session begins at 18:00 and includes a short video, a chance to review the course material, and time to set up a schedule for the class. Cost for the class is $300. A current CPR/First Aid certification is a class requirement. We offer the Emergency First Response course for an additional fee of $90. This is one PADI's best classes, as it takes divers to a higher level of knowledge and experience. Certification will be complete by 30 November.

Dives for Sunday, 28 October, to Mwahnd Cove and Mwahnd Pass. Depart from Dipision at 11:00; return by 14:00. Cost per divers will be $80. This trip is for the Advanced Open Water Class; however, we will have a dive master to guide divers not participating in the class. Dive two will be a drift dive with the incoming tidal current.r Saturday, 27 October, to The Chimneys for two dives, followed by a night dive at Coral Gardens. Depart from Dipison at 13:00; return by 19:30 Cost per diver will be $100. Cost per snorkeler will be $20. This trip is for the Advanced Open Water Class; however, we will have a dive master to guide non-class participants.

Dives for Wednesday, 24 October (United Nations Day Holiday) to Dahwak Bridge and Pehleng Corner, departing at 09:30. From Litakika. Cost per diver is $80. Back to two of our favorite sites.As usual, sign up at laidenkidivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or call during business hours at 320-3181. Gear rental is an additional $30 per complete set.

Dives for Sunday, 21 October, to Sandy Bottoms. Cost per diver is $60.00, per snorkeler, $15. Depart from Litakika. Two nice easy dives with lots of opportunities for the photographers in the group. Also a great spot for snorkeling.

Dives for Saturday, 20 October, to Mwahnd Pass and The Post, departing at 08:30 from Dipision. Cost per diver is $70, per snorkeler, $20. First dive will be a drift from outside in along the east wall of Mwahnd Pass. Second dive features a large coral mound with lots of great coral. guide divers not participating in the class.

Dives for Thursday, 18 October, to North Point and Old Main Pass. Depart from Dipision at 08:30. Cost per diver is  $70. This will be our first visit back to North Point Pookie are since the clean-up of the ammonium from the wreck has finished.

Dives for Sunday, 14 October: Trip to see the gorgonian corals at Areu Inner Wall, followed by a gentle drift through the corals at The Chimneys. Both sites great for snorkelers, too. Cost per diver is $70, per snorkeler, $20. Depart from Dipision at 11:00.

Saturday, 6 October: Today’s trip will take divers to Pehleng Corner for the first dive. This is one of the best dives on the island. Following this, we’ll go into Seinwar Harbor area to do an exploratory dive looking for mandarin-fish. This is a shallow (10’) dive that will use little air. The final stop will be at the Inner Reef Wall at Pehleng Pass. This is a nice, long, easy drift along a health lagoon reef wall (depth to 30;). Get more information by contacting laidenkdivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or by calling 320-3181 during business hours.

Tuesday, 2 October: There will be an information session for the next PADI Open Water Scuba Class at the Laidenki Diving & Tours Office in Dipision, on the way to the airport causeway. The session will begin at 6:00 PM. Come to learn about the class, look at the materials and equipment used, ask questions, and watch a short video about the course.

Saturday, 29 September: We are taking two Open Water Diver students for their final two open water dives at The Chimneys. We will depart from Litakika at 11:30 and return by 16:30. This is a great place for divers wishing to get back underwater in comfortable conditions. It is also a great spot for snorkelers. Cost per diver for the trip will be $70; per snorkeler, it will be $20. Contact us by 18:00 Thursday, 27 September. Sign up at laidenkidiver@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or call at 320-3181 during business hours.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Sunday, 30 September: We will be (finally) going back to Dahwak Bridge and Pehleng Corner. These are two of the best dives on the island. We will depart from Litakika at 12:00 and return by 17:30. When these spots are “on,” they are fantastic. Not a good trip for snorkelers. Cost per diver will be $80.00. Contact us by 18:00 Friday, 28 September. Sign up at laidenkidivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or call at 320-3181 during business hours.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

We will run dives to Manta Road and The Old Main Pass outside reef. Departure will be from Litakika at 07:30. Meet at the Store at 07:15 to pick up gear. Return by 13:00. Cost for the trip will be $75 per diver. Gear rental is $25. We will have a cooler with ice. Please sign up at laidenkidivers@gmail.com,   joranahan@gmail.com, or call 320-3181 during business hours. Deadline for sign-ups will be Thursday, 18:00.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

We will be joining a local reef clean-up organization today. We are not certain of the site, yet. Cost for this will be the cost of tank rental ($20, for two tanks), plus equal shares in the cost of fuel and paying the driver (no more than $10 per diver). We will know on Thursday this week where the group will be doing its clean up. We plan to make this a monthly event. Please sign up by Friday at laidenkidivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, or call 320-3181 during business hours. Departure and return times to be announced, too.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

We are offering a two-tank trip to the Inner Wall at Areu Pass and to The Chimneys. Both sites are good for snorkeling and great for diving. The Inner Wall dive has some incredible gorgonian corals that will stun the diver with their size. The Chimneys offers unusual coral formations with lots of "aquarium" fish.  Departure will be at 09:30 from Dipision, near the Office. Cost for the trip is $75.00. Bring your snacks and drinks. We'll have a cooler with ice. Sign up at laidenkidivers@gmail.com or joranahan@gmail.com. Call us at 320-3181.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

We are offering a two tank trip on Sunday, 9 September, to Mwahnd Pass and The Post. The trip will depart from Dipision (near the store) at 10:00 and go to Mwahnd Pass for a drift dive with the rising current into the lagoon. Dive 2 will be at The Post (near the Old Main Pass). Return by 15:30. Mwahnd is a great drift dive with frequent shark sightings. You need to have Advanced Open Water (or its equivalence in experience) to join this trip.  Cost per diver will be $75.00. Not a good option for snorkelers. Sign up by Friday noon at laidenkidivers@gmail.com, joranahan@gmail.com, 320-3181. Bring your snacks and drinks; we'll provide a cooler with ice.


Saturday, 22 September

Confined Water Dives $ & 5 at the Pohnpei Municipal Pool from 08:00 - 11:00

Fun Dives and snorkelling at Mwahnd Pass and The Post, departing from Litakika at 09:30. Cost per divers for the two-tank trip is $70. Cost per snorkeler is $20. Please sign up for either or both days at laidenkidivers@gmail.com or joranahan@gmail.com.

Sunday, 23 September

Open Water Dives 1 & 2 at Sandy Bottoms, from 09:30 to 15:00

Fun Dives at Sandy Bottoms for certified divers and snorkelers. Departure from Litakika at 10:00, return by 15:00. Cost per divers is $60.00. Cost per snorkeler is $20.

Please sign up for either or both days at laidenkidivers@gmail.com or joranahan@gmail.com.

Saturday, 18 August

On Saturday, 18 August, I will be taking student divers out, and John will be guiding a visiting Japanese diver for fun dives. The class will dive at Coral Gardens for two dives, and John will lead other divers to the Old Main Pass for two dives. Cost for the dives will be $70. Departure will be at 09:00 from the Office area. Gear rental is extra.

On Sunday, 19 August, we'll try for another sunrise dive. We'll gather at the Office 04;30, with a 05:00 departure, going to The Post. cost for this dive will be $35. Gear rental is extra.We'll need a minimum of 5 divers to make this work.

Please sign up for either or both days at laidenkidivers@gmail.com or joranahan@gmail.com.