Wreck diving is one of the very distinct directions you can take in the world of SCUBA diving. It is a fascinating, sometimes eerie and often mind blowing area of the sport. You will meet many a fellow diver whose favourite place is a wreck location. From war wrecks to sunken cranes and abandoned planes it is rare to find someone who doesn’t enjoy wreck diving.
Why Wreck dive?
Any underwater structure that is semi permanent will attract all manner of underwater plants and animals. The reason is that marine life just loves a surface to live on, be it a boat hull or some underwater boulders. This marine life grows all over wrecks and attracts lots of different fish life. The other attraction for fish is the protection from predators and the elements that a wreck can offer. Stacks on ships such as the HMAS Adelaide often harbor Kingfish and other larger species.
So the marine life on a wreck is usually at a premium.
Wrecks also tend to look spectacular underwater and often give you a sense of adventure like an explorer of old finding a lost city.
When can I wreck dive?
Whilst you can occasionally find a wreck within the open water course limits, generally speaking you will need your advanced course to start experiencing the world of wrecks. In Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane there are great wrecks accessible to the Advanced Open Water diver that have been sunk intentionally for diving.
The HMAS Adelaide near Sydney, the HMAS Brisbane near Brisbane and the HMAS Canberra near Melbourne are some of the easiest and most exciting ways to see if wreck diving is your pasion.
A divemaster can easily navigate you through the bridge, decks and hangar bays of these amazing ex warship without a worry. Every room on these boats has had 2 exits installed to allow enough light in so you can’t get lost and to allow an easy exit. It’s amazing how having these exits only a metre or two away can calm you and improve your air consumption.
What’s so dangerous about wrecks anyway?
Wreck diving without the proper training is definitely dangerous. Doing the wreck diving course however will teach you all you need to know when making a wreck dive a safe dive. Some of the basic hazards you will learn to avoid are, sharp edges which can easily scratch you up, tight spaces to avoid getting caught in and most of all the maze that a shipwreck can become. This is probably the biggest hazard and it’s why whenever you are wreck diving it is paramount to run reels and use other skills from previous dive courses to avoid getting lost or spending too much time inside the wreck. Remember just because you can go inside doesn’t mean you have too. Most of the best scenery and photography is outside the wreck.
So go try a wreck dive and if you love it sign up for a wreck course and become an underwater explorer.