Maximize your Wreck Diving Experience
Once you decide to dive at a wreck site, it would be great to find out the story behind the wreck also for your wreck diving experience. This will give you greater anticipation for the dive as you plan for the day of exploration. The information you gather will be critical.
- If the site is currently a grave site, you may find that diving there is off limits.
- Find out if there are other limitations imposed due to special regulations or local laws
- Find out the depth of the wreck since they tend to be in deeper water.
- Ensure that your certification allows to go to those depths.
- Ensure that your gauges have been checked and are in excellent working order
- If the wreck is in a location that is difficult to find, then getting a local guide may be ideal.
Points of Interest
Assuming you will have done your research about the wreck ahead of time, you will need to determine what it is about the wreck that is appealing to you. This will allow you to set some dive objectives and to also come up with a custom dive plan. You should discuss your plan with your diving buddy and your guide so that you are all on the same page. It is also important that you start by seeing the points of interest in deeper water first in order to maintain a dive profile that is safe.
Prior to wreck diving, you should ensure that you have good buoyancy control because this allows you to admire the wreck without having to worry about kicking in order to control how you are positioned in the water. Remember the no-touching rule and as much as possible try not to take pieces of the wreck back with you even when it is allowed.
Points of Hazard
This should be covered during planning, well ahead of the dive. You will need to swim carefully and maintain good buoyancy so that you can dodge any jagged edges or power lines. You will also find that scorpion fish, which are poisonous love to hide in wreckage. This calls for an exposure suit. You also need to keep an eye out for anything that could entangle you. Be sure to have your knife or dive tool. When you are working your way around the wreck, there is no danger of getting lost but once you are inside things can change really quick. You need to be properly certified and have the right gear in order to enter a wreck. If you still don’t have the wreck diving certification, we here to help you.