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Wreck Diving

Recreational Training

Recreational wreck diving is classified as diving the exterior of a wreck, meaning that you don’t penetrate or go inside the wreck. Recreational wreck diving is defined as any dive on a wreck or object that is at a maximum depth of 130 fsw and is conducted within the normal no-decompression diving limits.

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Recreational wreck diving training prepares you for planning and conducting wreck dives within the established recreational diving limitations. Wreck diving training involves taking a course or series of courses from a training agency such as SDI/TDI, NAUI, PADI, IANTD, or GUE. Your training involves learning about the potential hazards of wreck diving, such as possible disorientation, sharp metal edges or objects, and entanglement hazards created by rigging, nets, and fishing line. It also teaches you about the use of line reels, air management, safety procedures, and proper techniques for exploring wrecks. Wreck diving training also covers the location of wrecks, sources of information, search methods, navigation, legal aspects, artifacts, salvage, and archaeology.

Your in water training consists of conducting up to four wreck dives over a couple of days. During your in water training, you’ll develop the skill and experience needed to safely plan and explore wrecks.

Wreck Diving

Scuba diving on shipwrecks has been around since people started diving beneath the sea. Shipwrecks offer a certain amount of mystery and lure and are invariably equated to sunken treasure. Diving on a sunken ship brings questions like: Where did the wreck come from? Did the people parish when this ship sank? What caused the wreck to sink? What’s inside the wreck? Whether the ship sank due to bad weather, navigational error, a wartime battle, or if it was sunk purposefully as an artificial reef, the lure of exploring a sunken ship is often intoxicating. Diving wrecks allows you to examine history and share an exhilarating experience with friends. Wrecks also are usually abundant with marine life of all kinds, and wrecks in cold, fresh water, such as the Great Lakes, are often well preserved.

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Advanced Training

Most recreational wreck dives involve external surveys, however, limited penetrations are also considered recreational dives and are defined as involving no penetrations beyond the natural light zone, no deeper than 130 feet, and not involving stage-decompression. This type of training is designed to expose you to additional, in-depth training for the purpose of pursuing penetration wreck diving.

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An advanced wreck diving course is designed to provide you additional training, skills, and experience in planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and excitement of penetration wreck diving within excepted recreational diving limits. Advanced wreck diving training involves taking a course from a training agency such as SDI/TDI, NAUI, PADI, or IANTD.

Technical Training

Technical wreck diving training is designed towards highly motivated individuals who desire to explore wrecks beyond the limits of standard recreational diving limitations. Technical wreck diving is making penetrations inside a wreck beyond the natural light zones, deeper than 130 fsw, and requiring stage decompression. Because of the lack of direct access to the surface and the potential for disorientation or silt-out, special procedures are utilized when exploring the interior portions of wrecks.

Technical wreck diving training involves taking a course or series of courses from a training agency such as TDI, NAUI, PADI, IANTD, or GUE. Technical wreck diving training is designed to provide you the skills and knowledge needed to gain the experience and minimize the risks in penetrating wrecks, decompressing, and diving to depths greater than 130 fsw. Throughout the training, you learn the skills needed to plan and execute dives that take you deep inside a wreck.

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