Wreck Diving Magazine

Wreck Diving Magazine Issue 36

Wreck Diving Magazine is about diving into the world’s history, underwater. Shipwrecks as you’ve never seen them, and stories as you’ve never heard them. Beautifully photographed and written by some of the world’s best wreck divers. WDM is an exciting quarterly scuba diving magazine by divers, for divers.

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7 min.

Useful Educational Books for Divers The following four books are outstanding reference and training books that divers will want to keep handy and on their shelf. Not everyone is an ice diver or a rebreather diver but if you are interested in these more technical types of dive experiences, you will need to learn more about these activities to decide if and how you want to proceed. For all divers, safety is and must always be a top priority and we should always be learning in order to be selfsufficient and to assist our dive teams. The following books are excellent resources and will provide the reader a thorough understanding of the subject matter covered in the individual books. The Antarctic Dive Guide Fully Revised and Updated Third edition Written by Lisa Eareckson…

4 min.
press releases

Divers Find 2,000 Priceless Gold Coins The largest cache of gold coins ever discovered in Israel was found by scuba divers working on a wreck site in the ancient harbor of Caesarea on the country’s Mediterranean coast, reports the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA). The treasure trove of 2,000 coins weighs more than 20 pounds and dates back more than 1,000 years to the era of Fatimid Caliphate, which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171. The coins are described as “priceless.” “It is probably the shipwreck of an official treasury boat which was on its way to the central government in Egypt with collected taxes,” said IAA director of marine archaeology Kobi Sharvit. “Perhaps the treasure was meant to pay the salaries of the Fatimid military…

20 min.
stellwagen bank national marine sanctuary

The offshore waters off the coast of Massachusetts hold hundreds, if not thousands, of shipwrecks that provide excellent wreck diving opportunities, especially for technical wreck divers. Deep water, just a short distance off shore, makes for a relatively accessible diving environment. Many have “cut their teeth” on New England shipwrecks that are sometimes cloaked in poor visibility and often blanketed in derelict fishing gear. We have our fair share of “deep, dark and scary” shipwrecks. To the east of Massachusetts Bay is Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (Stellwagen), an area littered with shipwrecks, only a fraction of which have been discovered and even fewer of which have been explored. Through collaboration with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary staff (SBNMS), Northern Atlantic Dive Expeditions, Inc. (NADE) and other local divers are…

16 min.
u-667 , glück auf!

Dream wrecks are not necessarily inaccessible and reserved for the over-equipped, overtrained, and wealthy “elite”... but one can’t help but acknowledge that the most interesting ones are not really the most accessible ones and most of the time we need stubbornness in order to succeed and make a courtesy call. There are numerous reasons to explain these access difficulties but the main ones are due to the significant depth in which they are resting, sometimes in tricky locations (current zone, turbid water, access channels, etc.) and the distance from the coast. That’s why the out-of-the-ordinary, “beautiful engulfed” often have to be earned. Nevertheless, it also appears that with some passion, anything is possible, and passion is not missing in l’Expédition Scyllias team members. Thus, for several years, we had scheduled…

16 min.
the gold pelican of the 1715 fleet

The eye of the gold bird stared back at me. The swirling grey sand was being carried away by the current, and before me the shape and form of the bird was emerging. The beak was curved and sharp, touching the breast. The head was crested, the pattern of the feathers etched in the shining gold was clear, and the wing showed its form. It was lying on its side, the head up and the eye, an oval eye etched in the gold, was gazing at me with fierce composure. I was transfixed, motionless, lying on the bottom, not wanting to breathe, not wanting to move, afraid to believe in what I saw. The hit on the Aquapulse detector had been loud and sharp at the base of the berm. The…

10 min.
shipwrecks of crimea

For a team of British divers, exploring former Soviet waters was going to be a challenge in itself, but throw in a mixed bag of Russian and German shipwrecks and the expedition had all the makings of an adventure far from home waters. Leigh Bishop packed his cameras, joined the team, and now reveals what southern Ukraine has to offer. As interesting as it sounds, the Black Sea is not as black as one would expect. When you dip below the surface, in fact, conditions are not unlike the typical European diving thousands of people enjoy every weekend. In Crimea in southern Ukraine, the clarity of the water is excellent although very cold at around 4-6°c/39-42°f so dry suits and gloves are certainly the choice of the day. The wrecks in…