23 Scuba Diving Experts Reveal Their #1 Wreck Dive & Their #1 Tip For Safe Scuba Diving

Florine of worldadventuredivers.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

As someone who lived in Scotland for two years and enjoyed the wonders of the historical wreck diving site of Scapa Flow, it should be my choice.

Or maybe, as last summer I did my wreck diving speciality in Malta, I should maybe pick one of the exciting wreck dive sites of the Mediterranean Island. It's always complicated to choose a number 1.

Yet, last October it was love at first sight with a submarine wreck from World War II, the Rubis, in the French Riviera near Cavalaire.

The submarine is intact at a depth of 40 m in clear water and is the home of a rich marine life including moray eels, groupers, conger eels and lobsters. 

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Anyone must answer "Never go beyond your training capabilities" but my personal tip would be "Comfort brings safety".

I firmly believe that if you feel good in your scuba diving gear (a well-adjusted wetsuit that doesn't make you feel cold, a BCD at the right size, etc.) your mind can focus more on all the other aspects that make scuba diving safer: watching where your dive buddy is, how much air do you have left, etc.

I explain why you should travel with your own scuba diving equipment in this blog post.

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Jeff Dudas of underwatertimes.com

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

My favorite wreck dive is off the beach near Tulamben, Bali.

It's a shore dive in shallow water, offers excellent wide angle and macro photography opportunities, and easy accessibility.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Double, triple check all your equipment before every dive. It's life support gear, and life is extremely precious.

Scuba gear is not something you skimp on, borrow, assume is in working condition, or ever take for granted.

Assume any damaged gear will break underwater at 100 feet when you're going against a strong current. Then what?

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Torben Lonne of divein.com

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

  1. For marine life, it's USAT Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
  2. For history, it's the SS Thistlegorm, Egypt.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

There are too many things to add. Don't go beyond your limits (that counts: depths, current, access), don't go if you're not feeling right, always blow bubbles :), ALWAYS do your safety check, always bring a dsmb, I'll stop here...

Julien of divezone.net

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

My favorite wreck dive in the world is the Liberty Wreck in Bali.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

My best advice for safe scuba diving is not only to rely on the divemaster/instructor you are diving with for your safety. You always dive in your own responsibility and you have to take care about your dive yourself.

Jeff of psychosolodiver.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

I have yet to find my number one wreck dive in the world, as I didn´t dive all the wrecks in the world yet.

However, there are several number ones on my list.The number one spot local in Southern California is San Diego's wreck alley. You can dive the famous Yukon and many other smaller ships around the area that were sunk as artificial reefs.

The coldest wreck dive I ever did was in Hel, Poland in 2013. Locally known as the Trałowiec, but officially known as the Munin, it was sunk in World War II and rests at 120 feet. It was 38 degrees, and even in a dry suit I was cold and narced.

But I knew we only had 12 minutes of bottom time, so I stuck through it and followed my guide.

The best warm water wreck I dove was in Saranda, Albania in 2012.

It is also a casualty of World War II named the Probitas. It lays on it's side in 70 feet of water and is still very much untouched by divers.

For all around interesting sea growth, I like the Palawan here, off of Redondo Beach.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Don't be pressured into a dive, and if you are not comfortable doing a dive, don't do it. If you're nervous going in, you'll be a problem in the water.

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

The RMS Rhone in the BVI’s because it is more than a pile of steel on the bottom of the ocean - it’s a living reef in the shape of a ship!

The vessel went down in 1867 near Salt Island and was the site for scenes in the movie THE DEEP! Look for the 15 foot prop and you’ll get a feel for the size of this ship.

The wreck is home to moray eels, octopi and many schools of fish. It will take at least two dives to see the whole site and each dive, you find something new.

The Cuan Law, our 104’ trimaran includes a day of diving on the Rhone on every charter.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

That is easy - listen carefully to the dive briefing, then plan your dive with your buddy and dive your plan!

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Neil of crystaldive.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

S.S Thistlegorm – Location Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh.

A British Merchant navy ship that was carrying war supplies sank in 1941 in the Red Sea after being hit by 2 bombs from German planes and still holds most of its cargo making it a true war time wreck.

It still contains tanks, motorcycles, rifles and even 2 locomotives! It attracts lots of marine life, and you will likely see great barracudas and big jacks hanging around the ship.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

“Always remember your buddy check".

Here on Koh Tao at Crystal Dive we consider diver safety as our number one priority, being a safe diver should start before you enter the water with the buddy check.

This simple but effective check is first brought to your attention during your open water course as you are shown then carried out a minimum of 6 times but it can become neglected and forgotten over time.

Clare of uberscubakomodo.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

For me personally I love Sugar Wreck in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia.

It is one of the most intact wrecks I have been on and the amount of coral cat sharks and macro that can be found is incredible against the backdrop of this beautiful wreck.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Always stay behind your guide; in Komodo National Park we often have changing tides and currents and our divemasters and instructors have huge experience in reading this.

Anticipating and respecting the standards of professional diving to ensure a safe and enjoyable dive for our customers.

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

Here in Thailand we do not have too many wrecks. None of which would be world class. If I would have to pick a wreck dive I would like to do then I would have to say the Thistlegorn in Egypt.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

My safety tip as always consider the weakest link. A dive is only as safe as the least experienced or weakest diver.

Often I see really experienced divers who consider dives/dive sites to be easy and they don´t think about less experienced divers.

When planning a dive or taking students, put yourself in the place of the least experienced or weakest diver.

The dive will be a lot safer because of it.

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Justin of localdivethailand.com

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

I'm not a big fan of wrecks so really haven't done that many but the USAT Liberty in Tulamben, Bali is an incredible wreck, stuffed with a huge variety of marine life and just 20m from the shore. It´s an outstanding beach dive.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

A surface marker buoy should be in every divers kit bag, an inexpensive piece of equipment which is simple to use and a potential life saver.

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Paul of thediveacademysamui.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

My no. 1 wreck dive is the Thistlegorm - I've not dived many though!

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

My number one tip is always find something on a dive to make you feel the dive was worthwhile without having to push air, depth or deco limits.

Isa of Scuba Ibiza

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

I have been diving many wrecks around the world: Thailand, Maldives, Bali, Bahamas, San Martin, Egypt, south of France and Ibiza. And I choose, Ibiza.

My favorite dive is the "Mariana". It´s the most original wreck I have ever seen. It used to be a fish farm that sank in 1997, creating a science fiction scenario underwater.

Massive pols form the structure that comes towards the surface from 30m. There also is a massive platform, that softly descents from 12m to 32m.

These things are enough to take you away from reality. In addition we have an amazing wildlife. You can find hundreds of barrakudas swimming around the pols as well as massive groupers, big congers and very small nudibranches.

 In my eyes, the best wreck in Ibiza and one of the best dive sites in the world.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

  • Make a pre-dive check.
  • Check your gear when you connect it.
  • Check your gear when you do your buddy check.
  • Check again before entering the water
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Michael of Atlantis Scuba Diving Greece

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

T. Siera - Colombo Sri Lanka

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Dive only with diving centers who care about the rules and standards of their organizations.

Fabio of bluinfinito.it

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

Thistlegorm wreck.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

A proper buddy team.

Yener of happybubbles.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

Thistlegorm wreck.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Always double check all equipment, plan your dive and dive your plan.

Dennis of diveshopcambodia.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

For me it is the Burma Maru, the wreck we have just found a few weeks ago.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Never cut any corners while diving.

Costas of godivemykonos.com

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

The #1 wreck dive in the world is the one I have not dived yet. This gives me motivation to continue searching for the next best wreck dive in the world.

In general, the best dive is a combination of services, professionalism and friendly atmosphere. One of the best I have dived is Zenobia in Cyprus.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Always feel like your first open water dive and follow all the rules. Because the empty guns are killing.

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Stephanie and Vinny of Nautilus Dive Center, Italy

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

It´s Liberty Wreck, Tulamben. Despite it is over dived, after 20 years going back there for diving holidays, we were still amazed by the amount of amazing macro life around the wreck.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Always keep rehydrated and avoid diving to the limit of the dive computer and dive nitrox.

Jeremy of Rainbow Divers Vietnam

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

Truk Lagoon and the Liberty Wreck in Bali are crowd pleasers, but my favourite was the Vertical Wreck in Thailand; sadly no longer there.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Be prepared for everything!

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Murat of
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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

The SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Always dive S.A.F.E which stands for Slowly Ascend From Every dive.

German of
Buddy Dive Resort,
Bonaire & Dominica

1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

The SS Thistlegorm – a World War 2 ship wreck in the North of the Red Sea in the Strait of Gubal.

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Make sure you receive the right training and that you feel comfortable.

Susann from Pro Dive International Dive Centers, Mexico & Dominican Republic

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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

Of the ones that are at Pro Dive’s doorstep:

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

Strictly follow your instructor’s rules set in their dive briefing, which are company standards for safe diving procedures, e.g. incl. plan of the dive, orientation of the area, boat briefing, info on marine life and awareness (don’t touch anything!) and know your limits.

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Alessandra of
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1. What is your number #1 wreck dive in the world?

It´s the Spiegel Grove in Key Largo Florida

2. What is your number #1 tip for safe scuba diving?

  • Remain within your level of training,
  • Inflate your BCD as soon as you are on the surface before doing anything else.
  • Do not follow a buddy or a dive guide without using your own judgment.

  • May 3, 2017
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