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What Is Wreck Diving?

   June 4th, 2023   Posted In: Articles   Tags:

Exploring the Depths: A Guide to Wreck Diving and Appropriate Attire

Underneath the mesmerizing blue expanse of our planet’s oceans lie hidden stories of history and adventure. One of the most captivating and thrilling experiences for divers is wreck diving. It offers a unique opportunity to explore sunken vessels, discover artifacts, and dive into the past. In this post, we will delve into the fascinating world of deep wreck diving and discuss what you should wear to make the most of this thrilling underwater adventure.

What is Wreck Diving?

Wreck diving involves exploring shipwrecks, aircraft wrecks, or other submerged structures. These wrecks can be found in various bodies of water, from oceans and seas to lakes and rivers. Each wreck has its own captivating story, waiting to be unraveled by divers. This particular type of diving offers divers the chance to witness history, marine life, and underwater ecosystems like no other type of diving can.

The Appeal of Wreck Diving

The allure of wreck diving lies in the opportunity to explore man-made structures such as airplanes and ships that have found a new home in the depths of the ocean. Wrecks serve as artificial reefs, attracting an abundance of marine life, from colorful corals to diverse fish species. Moreover, wreck diving provides divers with a sense of adventure, as they can explore the unknown and potentially uncover hidden deep sea treasures.

Who knows what kinds of wreckage you’ll find during your dive!

Safety Considerations:

Wreck diving comes with its own set of challenges and risks. It is crucial to prioritize safety and be adequately prepared before embarking on a wreck dive. Proper training, experience, and knowledge of diving techniques specific to wreck diving are essential. Always dive with a qualified wreck diving instructor or guide who is familiar with the site. Conduct thorough research on the wreck and its current conditions before diving to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

What To Wear

To maximize safety and comfort while wreck diving, it is important to wear appropriate attire. Here are some essential items to consider:

  1. Wetsuit or Drysuit: The choice between a wetsuit and a drysuit depends on the water temperature at the wreck site. In colder waters, a drysuit provides better insulation and protection against hypothermia. In warmer waters, a SCUBA diving wetsuit can offer sufficient thermal protection.
  2. Exposure Protection: Along with a wetsuit or drysuit, consider wearing appropriate exposure protection such as hoods, gloves, and boots. These accessories provide additional insulation and safeguard against cuts, scrapes, and stings.
  3. Dive Mask: A high-quality dive mask with a snug fit is crucial for clear vision underwater. Look for a mask with a wide field of view, comfortable fit, and tempered glass lenses for durability.
  4. Fins: Choose fins that are suitable for the type of diving you plan to undertake. Full-foot fins are ideal for warm water diving, while open-heel fins with booties are better for colder water conditions. Ensure they are comfortable and fit securely.
  5. Dive Computer: A reliable dive computer is an essential tool for monitoring depth, time, and decompression limits during wreck dives. It provides critical information to ensure a safe ascent and prevent decompression sickness.
  6. Cutting Tool: A cutting tool, such as a dive knife or shears, is essential for wreck diving. It can be used for entanglement situations or to free oneself in case of an emergency.
  7. Dive Lights: Wreck interiors can be dark and filled with hidden passageways. Dive lights are indispensable for illuminating your path and revealing the intricate details of the wreck.

Explore The Ocean Depths Today

Wreck diving offers a thrilling and awe-inspiring experience for adventurous divers. It provides a unique opportunity to explore historical artifacts and witness the beauty of marine life thriving around sunken structures. So if you find yourself with the opportunity to partake in a wreck dive, take our advice and go for it!

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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7 Comments

  • Al says:

    Hi LoLo / Team,
    I am 59 and overweight. I always snorkel on top of the water and never had a wetsuit. I will be going to the Big Island this Feb and according to what I can find water temp is between 73-78 F and thinking I may need one for this trip – not sure of thickness and suit size. What do you recommend? Is a two piece better for my size?
    Height 66″
    Weight 245 #
    Chest 51″
    Waist 51″
    Hips 47″
    Neck 16″
    Inseam 28.5″

    Thanks,
    Al

  • Laura Lister says:

    Can you advise me? I am 78 years old and find my pool a bit too cold. I would like to purchase a wet suit jacket that is very flexible and easy to swim and do aerobics in. Since swimming helps arthritis, movement is very important. I do not do straight laps, but various exercises worked into a lap. Also – I am overweight so I do not want anything “sexy”.

    What do you think?

    • Crysta Goff says:

      I’m going to send you a private email, Laura. (:

    • John Gross says:

      Hi make sure it has a full zipper they can be hard to get off at your age,you dont want a full suit or a pull over that you may need helping getting on and off,i just checked ebay theres a xxxl camo jacket full zipper,25$bid 15 shipping.looks new.
      And you can use as out of water jacket if its super cold.they really hold heat in shockingly so.
      Because of how hard they are to remove you might want to start with hood gloves and feet.try searchs like neoprine gloves socks hood.jacket check ebay cheap.also thift stores often have wetsuits for like 20$

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