Wreck Diver Course
Although the truth may be forever hidden by the passage of years, the earliest form of transportation could very well have been the boat. It’s easy to see how a primitive human being, wearily walking along beside a river, might have spotted a floating log and jumped on for a ride. Perhaps after the journey, he or she may have hollowed out the middle in order to travel without getting wet or tied several logs together in order to bring other members of the tribe along. Whatever the case, the idea certainly caught on and maritime travel became popular throughout the world.
From canoes to corvettes, dinghies to dreadnoughts, there have been a whole lot of seagoing vessels built and launched throughout time. Yet time after time, many of these craft have met untimely ends. Whether the results of war, weather, poor construction or bad seamanship, untold numbers of boats and ships have slipped beneath the waves. And when man took to the skies, aircraft of all types soon joined them on the bottom. While numerous ones have disappeared, never to be seen again, many are actually visited on a routine basis!
Wreck diving is enjoyed by many individuals for a number of reasons. For staters, it’s a great way to study history hands-on, up close and personal. People interested or involved in such fields as safety or engineering may wish to learn more about how similar accidents can be prevented in the future. There’s also the chance to view a multitude of sea creatures that make sunken structures their home. In fact, wreck diving has become so popular that many boats and several other types of vehicles have been purposefully sunk in order to provide more dive sites and marine life habitats.
The best thing about wreck diving is that it can be engaged in almost anywhere. Florida is a haven for sunken stuff, from the British warship that foundered off of Looe Key in 1744 to Destin’s underwater armada of ships, planes and tanks. Jacksonville itself can boast of a number of submerged military aircraft, including an F-4 Phantom, A-6 Intruder, F-2 Banshee, and four A-7 Corsairs.
Why is a wreck diver course important?
The main reason for instruction in this area is safety. Think of a wreck as an abandoned building – you wouldn’t just waltz in to an old hotel or factory without any kind of preparedness. There is also the habitat factor to keep in mind. Blundering about can disturb things a great deal, and even fish hate an inconsiderate houseguest. And you could possibly be able to earn college credit by taking a course. So before you hit the decks down below, let the professionals at Scuba Lessons Jax prepare you the right way.
What exactly will I learn in the course?
In our wreck diver course, you’ll not only learn what to do but get a chance to practice your skills on four separate dives. Lessons will cover a number of topics, including:
- Learning how to research the history behind a wreck
- Reviewing types of equipment beneficial to wreck diving (gloves, lights, etc.)
- Techniques and safety tips for making the dive
- Special considerations regarding entering a wreck
What is required for me to take the course?
Participants must be at least fifteen years of age and have previously taken an adventure diver course or received a qualifying rating. A dive computer is highly recommended for the course.