Equipment Necessary for Wreck Diving

Penetrating a wreck is one of the few underwater activities that require an additional certification: the overhead environment adds an extra level of risk. Apart from proper training, bringing the right gears is also necessary in successfully diving a wreck site.

Dive reel

The basics of using a reel may be familiar to you if you are recently trained. You need a more robusts reel in wreck diving than the one you use for your Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB). DSMBs that use finger reels do deploy. However, while you are within a wreckt, these can be prone to tangling. A ratchet-style reel is a better option as it is less likely to tangle while it is being unwound. Also, these kind of reels are much easier to retrieve and less likely to jam.

Gears Necessary for Wreck Diving

Dive torches

Diving a wreck has the same concerns as doing a night dive. Wreck diving is limited to the light zone—light is necessary for safe navigation. The rule: bring one primary light and a secondary light. If the primary dies, use the secondary torch and immediately abort mission. A torch with a wide beam is generally recommended. The dive torches must also be easy to grip.

Gears Necessary for Wreck Diving

Abrasion protection

You should definitely wear a rashguard or a wetsuit  when penetrating a wreck—even when you are diving in warmer waters. Sharp edges may be present inside the wreck, so a proper garb is needed to protect you from cuts or scrapes. Dive gloves are also a necessity—while the “do not touch” rule should apply, this is not always possible since some wrecks are tedious to explore.

Gears Necessary for Wreck Diving

Cutting Tool

A cutting tool will easily free you up in case of an entanglement—lines and cables within the wreck can easily snag you. Remember: the perfect dive knife is easy to handle and quick to release.

Gears Necessary for Wreck Diving


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