What is the minimum gear needed for diving and penetrating a wreck?

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asked Jan 29, 2017 in Scuba Diving by dwalters (70 points)

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answered Feb 23, 2017 by revgramza (1,095 points)

It depends on the situation.  As a new diver with less than 10 dives under my belt, my dive resort offered me a penetrating wreck dive.  The dive master led the way and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was follow the leader-up stairways, down stairways, thorough hallways, from room to room.  I loved it.  There were many points were I could easily exit. I only needed a single flashlight.

If your interest in wrecks goes beyond follow the leader, then begin with a course like the PADI Wreck Diver.  The special equipment you’ll need is pretty simple:  a cutting tool (or 2), a primary light, a back-up light, a compass for navigation, a slate for mapping, and a line and reel.  For extra safety you may also want to consider a spare air source. My wife and I also like to use tank lights like these so that we can identify one another when the lights are out.


To prepare for a particular wreck I go online.  If I can get a map of the wreck, I’ll copy the map to my slate. If I can watch videos of others penetrating the wreck, I will study them before going.

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