4 Tips for the Best Wreck Diving Experience

The season is not over yet. If adventure is your game, lets go dive a shipwreck! Yes – discovery, adventure, experience and fun are what wreck diving offers to all divers. Now go pack your bags and equipment for another exhilarating dive.

But wait. Before you even attempt to dive in, be mindful that some (if not most) shipwrecks are advanced dives, so it is important to know the set of techniques to achieve a successful wreck diving experience. Let me give you little tips that maybe, just maybe, could make your adventure more rewarding.

I’m sure that once you’ve experience the thrill, only then you will be able to understand how amazing it is to find wrecks with historical values embedded in their name.

And now that I’ve piqued your interest, it’s time to prepare you guys for an amazing wreck diving trip in the deep. Here are three pieces of advice to help you make everything, not perfect, but something worthwhile.

 

1. Preparedness is the key4 Tips for the Best Wreck Diving Experience

With wreck diving, there are chances that something might go wrong especially when you’re diving deeperto discover some artifacts. And to avoid such happenings, it is best to first consult your dive operators to check if you’re already qualified to take the challenge. Normally, advanced open water certification is required. But as long as your logbook suggests your experience in deep dives with not-so-perfect conditions, then you are good to go. And please, regardless if its a shallow wreck or not, ensure you understand the dive plan pretty well. It is also important to have knowledge about the condition of the wreck – ask questions or discuss it with your dive buddies. It won’t hurt!

Next step? Take charge of your equipment.

As always, preparation for your scuba equipment is a must in any type of diving, we already know it. What more for wreck diving? It’s safer to have an early check of your equipment to see if there is any problem before take that wreck diving challenge. Assurance of a diver’s safety is very important because a life is more precious than anything. Always remain calm and levelheaded to avoid rash decisions in any given situation. And lastly, enjoy the dive to your heart’s content.

Wondering what are the best scuba equipment for wreck diving? We found this helpful site for you, listing the essential diving equipment that will come handy for wreck diving. Click here.

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4 Tips for the Best Wreck Diving Experience2. Get down the wreck and explore

To get to the deck of the shipwreck, dive operators use a combination of lines like trail lines, descent lines or mooring lines. The options vary according to the condition of the wreck and your diving goals. But more importantly, these are used for safety purposes. So hold the lines with precaution, keep close to your buddy, and slowly get to wreck. Watch out for currents too – if there is a current, ensure you know its direction and use this for your next move. To be safe, divers would turn their dive up current from the exit point and only stay close to the wreck as much as possible. This is not only a safety precaution but it is the best place and best practice to see the marine life that have set up on the wreck’s frameworks.

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3. Click, Snap and Capture4 Tips for the Best Wreck Diving Experience

Wrecks are a sight to remember. The beauty of the once working vessel being submerged in the ocean is truly an eyeful. If in the early days, capturing such grandeur is extremely difficult, now, a simple click and a snap from the camera is all it takes to seize its magnificence. The memory of the wreck and your dive is easily captured by the water proof cameras. Every conquered adventure is now stored in both your memory and device. It is indeed a story to tell with evident adoration as you show it to your close loved ones.

Do note that if you want to take a photo of the entire wreck, your lenses should be wide-angle for normal circumstances. You might want to have a strobe light as well, as it is usually darker in wrecks than in other areas.

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4 Tips for the Best Wreck Diving Experience4. Ascent and back to the boat

Every beginning of an adventure comes with an ending and that’s how wreck diving is. As you discover every framework and history of a certain wreck, the ending is already closing in. If you’re wondering what particularly limits your wreck dives, the answer will always go back to the basics – the no decompression limit and limited air supply. A diver must come back to the boat for his/her air won’t hold much longer than it should. If you are lucky enough to have more remaining time than expected, then explore around the mooring ’til its time to go up.

And divers, please note that this is a no-joke diving. Ensure you have a proper training for wreck diving before giving it a go. There should be a specialized course for it. With this course, you should be able to learn to navigate inside and outside a wreck, know the dos and donts in collecting artifacts, dealing with hazards and uncertain conditions, the basics of torches, and more importantly, the special communication techniques you need when penetrating the wrecks.

With that, you are ready to take on the journey to uncover more historical wrecks. For that’s how wreck diving makes your dive valuable. Make every memory and adventure priceless. Never let yourself back down and conquer the mysteriousness of the ocean.

Wondering where to do your next wreck diving adventure? I too have a lot of options to choose from – Bali (Indonesia), Raja Ampat (Indonesia), Sipadan (Malaysia), Malapascua (Philippines) Help me choose.

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