Wreck Penetration 1

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Introduction

Wrecks are an obvious attraction to any diver:  they hold promise of history, of mystery, and going where few dare.  It is an underwater haunted house.  Something often forgotten is that they also hold a tremendous potential for danger.  Not only can the gear be complicated to the improperly trained or unfocused diver, but a stressful event that leads to poor decision making can occur.

This course is designed to both instruct the student in techniques for proper team wreck diving but also to simulate "failures" in a controlled manner to ensure the retention of protocols even when experiencing stress.  Always train beyond your level of diving as opposed to diving beyond your level of training.

The Wreck Penetration 1 course follows the Overhead Protocols course, which must have been completed within 12 months of the start of Wreck Penetration 1Overhead Protocols presents critical skills necessary to function safely within a team in an overhead environment, but is generally completed in 30’/9m of open water simulating blackout conditions.  Once the Overhead Protocols prerequisite has been satisfied, you can move on to Wreck Penetration 1.

In the Wreck Penetration 1 course you will learn team protocols, gas management, environmental awareness, laying and retrieving guideline, following the line, and become familiar with the failures associated with wreck penetration.  Some of the failures include valve failures, no visibility guideline protocols, lost diver and lost line exercises.  The class also includes a series of experience dives inside the wreck.  All protocols and procedures are derived from the UTD overhead environment procedures and are applied to wreck diving.  Historically, introductory wreck classes have been so heavily diluted down that very little information remains.  This class provides an excellent foundation for divers to build their wreck diving experience and a blue print to prepare for Wreck Penetration 2Wreck Penetration 3, and Wreck Penetration Gold.

Course Information

The Wreck Penetration 1 course is normally conducted over a 3-day period after the Overhead Protocols course.  Wreck Penetration 1 may be combined with Overhead Protocols to form a 6 day course.  As a standalone course, it involves a minimum of 24 hours of instruction to include classroom, dry runs, and in-water work and as a combined course it is a minimum of 40 hours of instruction.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 100’/33m
  • Standard gas is Nitrox 32 or 25/25 (if certified)
  • Must stay within no-decompression limits
  • Maximum penetration distance is 400'/120m (use of one main guideline only)

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must have completed UTD Essentials of Overhead, UTD Essentials of Technical, or equivalent
  • Must have completed UTD Overhead Protocols within 12 months
  • Must have at least 100 dives beyond open water certification, 50 of which must be non-training dives
  • Must complete UTD online registration process
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards/275m in less than 14 minutes or 800 yards/732m in 18 min w/ mask & fins
  • Must demonstrate a rescue of a diver simulating oxygen toxicity
  • No smoking
  • Use of prescription drugs must be authorized by a physician prior to training

Equipment Requirements

Prior to the commencement of the course, students should consult with a UTD representative to verify equipment requirements.  All participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.

In general, it is better for the student to learn while using their own equipment.  However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard or unnecessary equipment.  Please contact us prior to making any purchases.

Sidemount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders:  sidemount pluggable double cylinders with appropriate stage rigging and quick disconnects
  • Low pressure distribution system such as a Z-Distribution Block or Z-Isolator Manifold
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device: rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Z-System harness or equivalent
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins with spring-straps
  • Cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Primary light and backup lights
  • Safety spool with minimum 100'/50m of line
  • Line marker kit with at least 2 directional and 1 non-directional markers
  • One primary reel per team, with a minimum of 200'/120m of line
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil

Backmount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders: backmount double cylinders
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device:  rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Backplate and harness system
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins with spring-straps
  • A cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Primary light and two backup lights
  • Safety spool with minimum 100'/50m of line
  • Line marker kit with at least 2 directional and 1 non-directional markers
  • One primary reel per team, with a minimum of 200'/120m of line
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil