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How did you get into wreck?

Discussion in 'Wreck Exploration and Expeditions' started by dutybooty, Nov 20, 2008.

How did you get into wreck diving?

  1. Teaching yourself?

    15 vote(s)
    21.4%
  2. Off friends?

    18 vote(s)
    25.7%
  3. A wreck course?

    27 vote(s)
    38.6%
  4. Other? Please specify.

    10 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. dutybooty

    dutybooty Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chesterfield UK
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    Hey,

    Now I'm not asking for opinions on what to do. I already dive wrecks with reasonable amounts of penetration (50m ish) but I'm interested in how people got into wreck diving?

    Did you teach yourself?
    Take a course?
    Learn off a friend?
    Or other? Please specify

    Myself, I was a combination of all the above. I started off teaching myself. Figuring out reels were a good idea and following a roughly hogarthian gear set up due to what I'd seen/heard about. Then I started tagging along with more experienced wreck divers who showed me little tips, but when they'd realised I'd never been a course, they cajoled me into going on advanced wreck by TDI.

    What about you?

    Anway, gotta go, I'm on duty!

    Dutybooty.
     
  2. jscott099

    jscott099 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Branford, FL
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    Went with others initially (that knew what they were doing). This was easy since I live near the NC coast. Later took a specialty class for deep and wreck. Starting penetrating with other experienced divers. Did even more after cave training and deco training. So it was a gradual process of increasing training and skill to match what I wanted to do.
     
  3. Standingbear56

    Standingbear56 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Somewhere Underwater in Upstate New York
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    My 1st dive off of a EDB was on a wreck, I liked it, and I just kept doing it.
     
  4. southjerseydiver

    southjerseydiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New Jersey
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    well i wanted to dive and lived in jersey. the only smart thing to do would be to dive the huge amount of wrecks right off shore.
     
  5. jupitermermaid

    jupitermermaid Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Jupiter, Fl
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    170
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    I took a course and was very disappointed. We never penetrated, and when I took my AOW course later (with a different op), I laid my first line. I learned more from that one dive than the entire wreck course. :shakehead:
     
  6. Divin'Hoosier

    Divin'Hoosier Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bonita Springs, FL
    4,580
    296
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    I took a wreck course. I hope to eventually take advanced wreck as well.

    With the right instructor, a wreck diving course can be valuable. It can also be a waste of time. Interview several instructors and select wisely.
     
  7. Nailer99

    Nailer99 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ballard, WA
    255
    9
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    How did I get into wreck?

    -I saw hole in wreck

    -I swam into hole..

    :D


    Just kidding, sort of. I started diving in order to go see shipwrecks- it's what I wanted to do in the first place. I've been focused on it from day 1. I've never taken a formal "wreck penetration" class, and at this point, I don't know if I ever will- I'm doing everything I really want to right now. But if I start doing stuff with extensive penetration involved, I might consider it....
     
  8. dutybooty

    dutybooty Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chesterfield UK
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    You sound like me when I started doing a bit of penetration!!!

    Until you've had a blackout though (admittedly, my fault, the story won't be told here!) or experienced something going wrong, you will realise how useful they are!

    Anyway, gotta go, I'm on duty!

    Dutybooty
     
  9. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    11,460
    1,589
    113
    The first real wreck I ever dove or penetrated was in 1987 - a sunken tug named the Haisch. That was enough to motivate me to take a wreck course. At one point I planned to take advanced wreck and while waiting for that I took cavern and intro to cave. As a result, I will not bother with advanced wreck as the line work is already covered the the remaining differences are academic and/or common sense in nature.
     
  10. Rick Inman

    Rick Inman Advisor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Just finished a wreck Penetration class this fall in the St. Lawrence river. I took it because I wanted to go inside the Jodrey -which I did! :D
     

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