Wreck diving is absolutely one of the most fascinating types of diving that you can experience in the oceans around the world. They are enchanting windows to the past that bring a mix of feelings of wonder, respect, and excitement. There are different types of wrecks to explore such as ships, airplanes or even cars.
Divers love wreck diving because of many reasons:
- Every wreck diving has different, mostly tragic story behind it
- Shipwrecks serve as an ecosystem for marine life that inhabits them
- It creates a new challenge and fascinating adventure for divers
It is crucial to remember that many wrecks are regulated by laws so their cultural heritage can be protected. There are several rules to follow while wreck diving as there are many risks that require special skills, techniques, and equipment.
1. Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Mama Viña wreck dive
Mama Viña is an old shrimp boat that was intentionally sunk in 1995, has since developed an artificial reef and today belongs to one of the top dive sites on the Riviera Maya. This dive site is for experienced divers only due to strong currents. It can be explored inside, the depth is about 18-30m(60-90feet).
2. Cozumel, Mexico – the Felipe Xicotencatl
“Cozumel wreck”, also known as “the Felipe Xicontecatl” or “C-53” is one of the most popular shipwrecks on the island. Felipe Xicoténcatl was recognized as the USS Scuffle built in 1944 for the American Navy during World War II. In 1962 the Cozumel Wreck decommissioned and then sold to the Mexican Navy. After 37 years of assistance, the shipwreck finally retired in 1999. It´s located close to Chankanaab Park. The Cozumel wreck is 56 m long (154 feet) and 10 m (33 feet) wide. It rests on the seabed in 24 m (80 feet) from the surface.
3. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic – St. George Wreck Dive
The ship St. George was built 1962 in Scotland to transport wheat and barley between Norway and Americas, used for 20 years and abandoned in Santo Domingo port after. It was renamed St George after the hurricane Georges that hit Dominican Republic (and the whole Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico) in September 1998. In June 1999 the ship was sunk about 800 m / half a mile off the beach, it is a great artificial reef, home to schools of many different fish, especially barracudas.
IDC Mexico offers The PADI Wreck Diver course. It provides the complex learning of the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving. This course offers divers everything they need to expand their diving capabilities to include explorations of sunken ships, planes and automobiles. Apart from teaching key safety measures, the wreck diver course also helps to learn to identify interesting aspects of wrecks that might not be obvious to the untrained eye.
Pro Dive International
Renowned for excellent quality in providing first-class adventures, including diving in the CENOTES, with BULL SHARKS, at wrecks and famous walls at COZUMEL, SAONA and CATALINA islands, as well as safaris with WHALE SHARKS, SAILFISH and HUMPBACK WHALES, Pro Dive International, founded in 2003, is the official onsite watersports service provider for several 4-5* RESORTS along the RIVIERA MAYA & COZUMEL/ MEXICO, and in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.