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    Post Good wreck instructors - UK based

    Hi All,

    Does anyone know of any great wreck instructors in the UK, a course such as the TDI advanced Wreck course or similar from another agency. I think it's important with this type of course that it's taught by someone with a passion for wrecks and that has experience in diving wrecks in UK environment and abroad.
    OC or CCR is ok.

    Cheers

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    Look up Mark Powell.
    Bought a house in Devon, drank cider from a lemon.

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    75% of wreck diving is knowing what your looking at and where about it's normally found on a ship .

    Then you have the over head stuff to learn .
    None diver as of 2018.

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    Just to add, its also easy to get confused between the bow and stern when your on the wreck, according to a friend of mine..ahem. And then some people manage to get to where they are going on the wreck, but then cant get back to where they came from, i.e. the shot, which can be a nuisance when your 30 miles off shore......and that's when you appreciate the value of your SMB!!

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    I would recommend Jack Ingle or Neil Brock.

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    I’m always baffled by such courses. What do you actually learn on a wreck course? How not to get lost? How not to ruin the vis? How to assess unstable structures? What the pointy end is? Salvage law? What that encrusted corroded lump of snot used to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kier View Post
    Hi All,

    Does anyone know of any great wreck instructors in the UK, a course such as the TDI advanced Wreck course or similar from another agency. I think it's important with this type of course that it's taught by someone with a passion for wrecks and that has experience in diving wrecks in UK environment and abroad.
    OC or CCR is ok.

    Cheers
    When this nonsense is over go to Thailand and get Tim Lawrence (Davy Jones Locker) to teach you. Once inside and dark it doesn’t matter where in the world the wreck is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeF View Post
    I’m always baffled by such courses. What do you actually learn on a wreck course? How not to get lost? How not to ruin the vis? How to assess unstable structures? What the pointy end is? Salvage law? What that encrusted corroded lump of snot used to do?
    I did a 4-5 day tech wreck course and it was probably one of the most useful I have done and a steep learning curve. Aimed at penetration probably 99% was safety and just a passing reference to the wrecks themselves.

    Topics covered ( in no particular order)

    Basic ship/ wreck config. ( pointy end/ twirly end). War graves etc.
    Kit config / snag hazards
    Line laying, jump lines. Line recovery.
    Finning techniques and movement inside wreck
    Light out drills
    Gas sharing following lines and through squeezes
    Low vis touch communication on lines
    Lost line drills
    Lost diver drills
    Gas planning
    Disorientation drills

    There was probably more but you get the gist

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    Just go to Malta and do some tech diving. You will be inside lots of wrecks and pick up the techniques without formalising it
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