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Dive into a Slice of History.


Of all the RAID specialties, WRECK DIVER is perhaps the one with the broadest scope when one considers the topics it covers and the ‘depth’ of what student’s experience. So much depends on where it’s conducted.

Exploring shipwrecks on scuba offers a unique opportunity to uncover pieces of history frozen in time and hidden beneath the surface. These underwater time capsules give divers a chance to witness artifacts, marine life, and the fragility of human endeavour in a museum environment unlike any other. It’s a thrilling and adventurous experience that allows individuals to connect with the past in a tangible way, making it quite special for those interested in history, exploration, and the ocean.

The allure of shipwrecks lies in their captivating stories and the mystery tied up in their journey from the shipyard to the bottom of the sea… or lake. Every shipwreck has its own history, from the circumstances of its sinking to the lives affected by that tragedy. Even so-called intentional wrecks sunk specifically as dive sites have an interesting story to tell us. Diving wrecks allows us to immerse ourselves in tales of adventure, loss, and the treasure of history. The sense of exploration and discovery makes diving shipwrecks a fascinating and alluring activity for any level of diver.

And there are many incredible locations around the world known for outstanding wreck diving experiences. Some popular destinations include:

  1. Red Sea, Egypt: Known for its clear waters and well-preserved wrecks like the SS Thistlegorm. The added attraction is the prolific marine life that’s made its home on these wrecks.
  2. Truk Lagoon, Micronesia: A famous WWII wreck diving site with a large number of sunken Japanese ships. This destination, a logistical challenge for most of us, is a must see for anyone even remotely interested in ‘casualties of war.’
  3. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands: Offers the chance to dive on well-preserved WWII naval vessels and witness the effects of nuclear testing. Another spot that’s a challenge to get to, but also a life-changing experience unlike any other.
  4. Great Lakes, USA/Canada: Home to numerous well-preserved wrecks due to the cold, fresh water preserving the ships. If you are interested in wooden sailing ships, this is a destination to add to your bucket list.
  5. And the list goes on…

This Specialty is designed to extend your knowledge and skills of diving to allow you to dive on wrecks safely without penetrating them. It develops the knowledge required to plan, prepare and analyse for your dive to reduce stress and confusion, allowing you to enhance your diving experience.

This specialty can be run for any certified diver who has the equivalent of a RAID Open Water 20 Diver.

For those interested in visiting inside shipwrecks, RAID also offers ADVANCED WRECK a full overhead environment program demanding special skills and equipment.