Wreck Penetration 3

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Introduction

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The Wreck Penetration 3 course is the third level in the wreck diving series of courses and it will prepare divers for advanced wreck penetrations utilizing multiple stage bottles and deco bottles in addition to back gas to penetrate wrecks.

You will expand your knowledge of gas management by conducting multi-level decompression dives, laying and retrieving guideline with complex navigation, following the line, and hone the failures associated with wreck penetration.  The failures will expand on what was learned in the Wreck Penetration 2 course pushing the student in a controlled manner.  All protocols and procedures are derived from the UTD overhead environment procedures and are applied to wreck diving. This course is for divers wishing to truly explore wrecks of various depths and complexity.
 

Course Information

The Wreck Penetration 3 course is normally conducted over a 7-day period including 10 dives.  As a standalone course, it involves a minimum of 40 hours of instruction in the classroom, dry runs, and in-water work.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 250’/76m
  • Standard gases must be used
  • Maximum of four stage/deco bottles; no more than two can be stage bottles and no more than 3 can be deco bottles.  For a fourth bottle, you must obtain a stage endorsement

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 21
  • Must have completed UTD Wreck Penetration 2; no equivalent certification allowed
  • Must have completed UTD Technical 3 or equivalent with assessment
  • Must have at least 200 dives beyond open water certification, 75 of which must be non-training dives, 25 of which must be wreck penetration dives, and 25 of which must be deeper than 130'/40m using helitrox/trimix and decompression gases
  • 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 be able to swim a distance of at least 50’/12m on a single breath hold or demonstrate an air share swim where the OOA diver swims at least 50’/12m to the donating diver
  • 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
  • One jump spool with at least 100'/33m of line
  • Line marker kit with at least 3 directional and 3 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
  • One jump spool with at least 100'/33m of line
  • Line marker kit with at least 3 directional and 3 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