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Danie is the co-owner (with his wife Esme) of the Diving World PADI Dive Centre in Benoni and has been scuba diving since 1976. Dive safety has always been a passion in his life. Danie is also a PADI Master Scuba Dive Instructor and also a qualified EFR Instructor. Danie has been doing underwater photography since 1977 and is currently concentrating on Underwater Videography. He has a Ocean Yacht Skippers ticket as well as a DOL skippers ticket for ski and dive boats. He is a DMAC/EDTC grade IIa Diving medicine physician and registered with the Department of Labour (DOL #293) At the Healthy Eye Clinic he is an Eye Specialist (HPCSA #MP 0182311) doing mainly cataract & refractive surgery :- "Glasses and contact lenses don't go well with watersports". Membership of dive medical societies: Committee member of South African Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Association (SAUHMA) Committee member of DAN South Africa. South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) European Underwater & Baromedical Society (EUBS) Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) A rundown of his other diving related interests: Instructor Certificate of the South African Life Saving Society. Silver Cross Certificate of the South African Life Saving Society. South African Underwater Union (CIMAS) 3rd Class Scuba Diver Certificate 1976. Did a BASM course in Sports Medicine in Glasgow Scotland. Member of the British Association of Sport and Medicine. Member of the Federation Internationale de Medicine Sportive. Has Skippers Certificates for Ski Boats and Ocean Yachts. Course in Sports Medicine at the University of Bath, England 1993 -1995 He has a Turbine Helicopter Pilot license.

Truk Lagoon (4) – “Kiyosumi Maru”


The  Kiyosumi Maru is a 137m, 8,614 ton passenger-cargo ship and it lies on it’s port side in Chook lagoon.


The shallowest part is the starboard side at 14m and the deepest at 30m.

It is an easy “user friendly” wreck to dive on.


In the very interesting engine room  we came across large engine cylinders.

There were many interesting artifacts such as teapots, guns, torpedo launchers, spare propeller blades and even bicycles.



There is good marine growth all over the outside of the ship with the resulting colourful fish life, all over.

This ship also came to it’s end in “Operation Hailstorm” in WW2, when the Americans bombed Truk Lagoon.

A was a very nice wreck to dive on.



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