Wreck Diving | Overhead Environments Courses
Diving overhead environments is a whole different ball game than any other form of technical diving. You are in enclosed spaces with no direct access to the surface.
Welcome to the Wreck Diving Course Portal of Blue Label Diving. We teach any kind of advanced Wreck diving in Blue label diving. If you are a rebreather diver, a Koh Tao diver or a open circuit diver, you name it we can do it.
Wreck Diving invites you to have a look at a part off the lesser-known underwater world. Colour ceases to exist, daylight no longer penetrates and nature has set aside a biological clock, especially made for the slow ticking world of overhead environments.
Technical Divers wishing to venture in historical overhead areas can follow us deeper into deep-sea Koh Tao where time has stood still. Go where few divers go and re-live life on board of a ship, venture into the bellows of the hull, engine rooms, passageways and passenger galleys.
Diving overhead environments is not everybody’s thing. Blue Label Diving in Thailand Phuket is specialised in the training for Overhead Environments such as the Advanced Wreck diving course, Cavern, Intro to cave and Full Cave diving courses.
With these courses you are taught how to safely dive these beautiful and dangerous diving locations.
WRECK DIVING COURSES
Wreck Diving invites you to have a look at a part off the lesser-known underwater world. Color ceases to exist, daylight no longer penetrates and nature has set aside a biological clock, especially made for the slow ticking world of overhead environments.
Technical Divers wishing to venture in historical overhead areas can follow us deeper into deep-seawrecks where time has stood still. Go where few divers go and re-live life on board of a ship, venture into the bellows of the hull, engine rooms, passageways and passenger galleys.
Tec Divers have been fascinated with wreck diving for centuries; salvage of gold or other cargo, but in the recent years, more out of interest to answer open questions into how and why the ship did sink, what was on board?
|EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS ALL COURSES|
|Primary and secondary regulators (for back gas or Sidemount set-up)||Two stage/decompression regulators|
|Mask + Back-up mask||BCD (wing) and harness or Sidemount Wing (with a min lift of 40 pounds)|
|Depth gauge/computer||Timing device and backup timing device|
|Appropriate exposure suit||Knife/cutting device and backup|
|Two inflatable signal tubes||Reel and spool|
|Slate and backup slate||Compass|
|Torch and Back-up torches (Trimix Diving, Wreck diving and cave diving courses)||Hood - for Cave, Deep and Wreck Diving|
Why Wreck diving
Wreck Diving – A shipwreck is attractive to divers for several reasons:
- it is an artificial reef, which creates a habitat for many types of marine life
- It often is a large structure with many interesting parts and machinery, which is not normally closely observable on working, floating vessels
- it often has an exciting or tragic history
- it presents new skill challenges for scuba divers
- it is part of the underwater cultural heritage and may be an important archaeological resource and aviation archaeology
- it provides a first-hand insight into context for the loss, such as causal connections, geographical associations, trade patterns and many other areas, providing a microcosm of our maritime heritage and maritime history.
TYPES OF WRECK DIVING
In his classical work on the subject, The Advanced Wreck Diving Handbook, Gary Gentile sub-divides wreck diving into three categories:
- Non-penetration diving (i.e. swimming over the wreck)
- Limited penetration diving, within the “light zone”
- Full penetration diving, beyond the “light zone”
Each succeeding level involves greater risk, and will normally require greater levels of training, experience and equipment.
Non-penetration wreck diving is the least hazardous form of wreck diving, although divers still need to be aware of the entanglement risks presented by fishing nets and fishing lines which may be snagged to the wreck (wrecks are often popular fishing sites), and the underlying terrain may present greater risk of sharp edges.
Penetration within the light zone presents greater hazards due to overhead and greater proximity of the wreck’s structure, but because of the proximity of a visible exit point, and some amount of external light, those hazards are more manageable. However, there is clearly a greater risk of entanglement and silt-out inside of the structure, as well as the requirement to move laterally to a defined exit point before one can surface in the event of an emergency.
Full penetration involves the greatest level of risks, including the risk of getting lost within the structure, the risk of complete darkness in the event of multiple light failures, and the inability to escape unassisted in the event of a disruption to air supply.
These categorisations broadly coincide with the traditional division between “recreational” wreck diving (taught as a specialty course by recreational diver training agencies and normally limited to the “light zone” and/or 100-130 cumulative feet of depth plus penetration) and “technical” wreck diving (taught as a stand-alone course by technical diver training agencies).
WRECK DIVING IN THAILAND
Tec Divers have been fascinated with wreck diving for centuries; salvage of gold or other cargo, but in the recent years, more out of interest to answer open questions into how and why the ship did sink, what was on board? Blue label diving has a few flagship wrecks to offer for training or exploration;
Or wrecks else where in the World:
- HMS Hermes of Sri Lanka
- HMS Repulse and Prince of wales off Malaysia
- Truk Lagoon
- Scapa Flow
- and many more
All wrecks are deeper than 100Feet or 30 meters and need more decompression training before engaging in dives on them. Inform yourself about the possibilities of combining courses with expeditions to these wrecks and check our schedule for future trips.
Every year we receive more and more inquiries from diver who want to go wreck diving. At Blue Label Diving, we are not alone fully equipped with rugged wreck diving equipment, we also offer specialized courses as advanced wreck diving, Koh Tao and CCR diving all can be combined with the wreck trip of your choice.
Other overhead environment
CAVERN AND CAVE COURSES
Cave diving courses in Thailand is extremely dangerous but a life enriching experience. Once you peek at whats behind the dark hole you are about to swim into, a whole new world awaits you. Enrol into one of Blue Label Diving technical cave course programs with Ben Reymenants (TDI, SSI XR and PADI TECREC Technical Diving IT) in Thailand and enjoy the sheer beauty of cave diving in all comfort.
Explore the last frontiers of our planet; CAVES offer excellent opportunities for training and exploration.
Mixed gas cave expeditions are run on a regular basis in southern Thailand.
Cave Diving training trips in the national park of Khao Sok in Thailand or the caves in LOT France even the Mexican Caves or Caves in Florida we can arrange for one of our instructors to come with you for private guiding or cave diving tuition.
For the true explorer, Blue Label Diving is one of the few facilities on the globe to offer CCR cave instructor seminars.