8 Top Tips for Safer Wreck Diving
It is one of the most fulfilling and exciting dives that you can have. Most people dive on shipwrecks, but if you are lucky, you may get the chance to dive on aircraft or other fascinating vessels that can be found underwater. It's so popular among divers, that these days retired vessels are deliberately be sunk to make them accessible for wreck divers like you. They offer a fascinating habitat, and their history provides a depth that reefs can't provide.
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The 8 Top Tips for Safer Wreck Diving are:
- Master Buoyancy Control
- Develop Your Finning Technique
- Carry The Correct Dive Gear
- Be Aware of Water Movement
- Avoid Sharp Edges
- Dive Within Your Training Limits
- Follow Separation Rules
- Research The Wreck
Lets dive in.
Master Buoyancy Control
Diving with good buoyancy control is essential for wreck diving. You don't want to be that person sinking down, struggling, and kicking up sand or debris which can decrease visibility around you as well as other divers in the area.
Develop Your Finning Technique
Practice different finning techniques like kicking hard before turning around corners; move through tight spaces quickly by putting one foot down then angling.
Carry The Correct Dive Gear
There's not much specialised equipment for a dive that doesn’t penetrate the wreck. Make sure you have spare torch batteries, gloves, and your diving mask if visibility is poor or there are obstacles in front of where you want to swim (e.g., rocks). Don't forget about footwear- it can get wet from overhead currents at any depth!
A wreck divers should always be prepared with everything they need because even when allowed only one entry point per person due to safety concerns - human error happens sometimes; accidents do happen often enough so prepare accordingly.
Some wrecks are so dark and murky, you need a dive torch to see clearly. Using the light from your head torch will allow others on your team who have lost visibility in certain areas due it be darkness or murkiness swim through safely without getting into any trouble themselves! We always carry ours with us when we go diving- don't forget that an important piece for staying safe underwater is never leaving home without one!
Be Aware of Water Movement
There is a chance you can get swept away by water flow or exert yourself trying to swim through the debris field. You should follow channels as best you can, be aware of current and suction effects when it hits wrecks sites- some may even have currents that are not apparent at first glance!
I want my readership (both casual divers like myself) know what kinds underwater hazards they might face while diving in different areas around world so here's how: if there isn't any current present then use handrails because usually these types off landmarks provide an easier path into deeper waters than following random trails which could take much longer...
Avoid Sharp Edges
Diving in wrecks can be dangerous. You must watch out for sharp edges, twisted metal and bits that stick up from the water's surface as they could cut you if not dealt with properly. The angles at which these types of dive sites lie makes them even more vulnerable so make sure to set an alarm on your computer before going any deeper than planned!
Dive Within Your Training Limits
The lure to ‘just look in that first room’ can be overwhelming and while there will be some safe swim-throughs, you should remain very prudent. It's easy for a person who has never been underwater before their air runs out! If they are tangled up with weeds or lost amongst other debris on the seabed then chances are high that nobody else is going anywhere anytime soon either because everyone around them died from lack of oxygen too long ago already - remember Wreck penetration isn't an option if all your equipment fails; it takes training (and courage) before getting into this line of work properly understood how crucial precision diving really needs
Follow Separation Rules
Same goes for all diving if you lose your buddy look around for 1 minute underwater. If found and they are, ok? You can continue the dive but never should not resume unless able to find them again without any difficulty in depth or time before surfacing where our search patterns will be different than when we went down onto this wreck site previously, so its best idea is having a spare pair of eyes on deck just in case something happens unexpectedly between divers while exploring an old ship below sea level
Research The Wreck
A good idea is to do some research before you go on your dive. It will give you a sense of familiarity, knowledge about the area and known hazards which can help make for an enjoyable experience in the water.