Wreck Penetration 2

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Introduction

The Wreck Penetration 2 course is the next step in the wreck penetration series of courses.  The Wreck Penetration 2 course is designed to prepare you for more advanced wreck dives utilizing a maximum of 2 bottles (either two deco bottles or a single stage bottle and one deco bottle) in addition to back gas to penetrate wrecks, opening the way for longer penetration times and access to deeper wrecks.

Students will expand their knowledge of gas management by adding these additional bottles with the use of doubles, laying and retrieving guideline, following the line, and become familiar with the failures associated with wreck penetration.  The failures will expand on what was learned in the Wreck Penetration 1 course.  All protocols and procedures are derived from the UTD overhead environment procedures and are applied to wreck diving.  This course provides an excellent foundation to build wreck diving experience and prepare for the challenges found during the Wreck Penetration 3 course. 

Once you have been inside a wreck it is obvious to most divers that being able to explore the wreck further is critical.  Being able to explore the engine room of your favorite wreck is something few people get to do.  Often forgotten is that by pushing the distance of penetration in the overhead, the risk is also increased which is why you need to be properly trained. 
 

Course Information

The Wreck Penetration 2 course is normally conducted over a 5-day period.  Wreck Penetration 2 may not be combined with any other course.  It involves a minimum of 40 hours of instruction which includes classroom, dry runs, and in-water work.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 200’/66m
  • Standard gas is Nitrox 32, 25/25, 21/35, 18/45.  For decompression, Nitrox 50 and Oxygen
  • Maximum penetration distance is 660'/200m
  • Maximum of two deco bottles or 1 stage bottle and 1 deco bottle

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 21
  • Must have completed UTD Wreck Penetration 1; no equivalent certification allowed
  • Must have completed UTD Technical 2 or equivalent with assessment
  • Must have at least 125 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
  • One 40 cuft decompression bottle and either another 40 cuft decompression bottle or an 80 cuft decompression bottle, both with necessary stage rigging, primary, and secondary stage regulators
  • 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 3 directional and 2 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
  • One 40 cuft decompression bottle and either another 40 cuft decompression bottle or an 80 cuft decompression bottle, both with necessary stage rigging, primary, and secondary stage regulators
  • 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 3 directional and 2 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