Carolina Wreck

Carolina Wreck Diver
(External Survey)

Have you ever wondered why they call North and South Carolina the "graveyard of the Atlantic"? Did you know there are hundreds of wrecks off the Carolinas to include several WWII U-boats? These wrecks draw divers from all over the world to experience some of the best wreck diving outside of Truk lagoon. Wreck diving off the coast of the Carolinas brings some challenges to new divers or divers that are new to the area but the rewards are well worth the extra work. The Gulf Stream comes relatively close to the coast so we routinely have water temperatures in the upper 70s from May through October. Visibility averages 50-70 feet but can be as high as 100 feet or more, particularly in the summer months.

The Carolina Wreck Diver specialty course is designed to educate divers about the history of the major wrecks off the Carolinas and to provide divers with the particular skills and knowledge needed to gain experience and minimize risks in wreck diving off the Carolinas. We define external survey wreck diving as diving around a sunken vessel, aircraft or debris field so this is not a class to teach divers wreck penetration techniques

What You Will Learn

During the NAUI Carolina wreck diver course we will cover:

• North Carolina historical wrecks
• South Carolina historical wrecks
• General safety, hazards and cautions
• Carolina Rig anchor line system
• Special risks of overhead environments
• Entanglement issues
• Limited visibility
• Deep dive planning
• Wreck diving equipment (SMB, reel, whistle, EPIRB)
• North and South Carolina wreck locations
• Historical sources of information
• search methods
• Underwater navigation techniques
• Federal and state legal aspects of artifacts, treasure, and salvage
• Underwater archaeology

Number Of Required Dives:

Two dives on wrecks off the Carolina coast are required. These dives are limited to a maximum depth of 130 feet and strictly within no decompression limits.

How Do You Get Started?

Age: Minimum is 18 years.
Certification: NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent is required.

How Much Does It Cost?

The NAUI Carolina wreck diver specialty course costs $200 for a group class and private courses are available. We schedule students together for group classes whenever possible unless a private class is specifically requested. The tuition covers all books, certification card, classroom training, and tanks. Rental gear and charter fees are additional. Military and Public Service discounts are also available.

What's Next?

Once you become a certified Carolina wreck diver, perhaps you want to further your training with an Rescue Scuba Diver course? Perhaps you want to become a dive professional and go all the way to Divemaster or even become an Instructor! Whatever your scuba and skin diving needs, we can help you realize your dreams!