North Carolina

In my quest to kayak the Grand Canyon, I joined the KCCNY in order to improve my paddling skills. Improve is probably the wrong word since at the time I joined the skills were nonexistent. None the less, I journeyed with the club to Massachusetts and there I found out just how much I sucked. So, I took my friend Joe’s advice, and took a 9 hour drive from Jersey City to Barry’s Bay Ontario Canada and took a 5 day kayak class with the Madawaska Kanu Centre. Yeah, I don’t get where they got the spellings for ‘canoe’ and ‘center’ but hey, I’m from Jersey!


Wreck diving is a specialized area of scuba diving that can be enjoyed by all divers, in all areas of the world. In the Caribbean islands, traveling tourists can dive and photograph beautiful wrecks in crystal clear waters. These wrecks, as well as many others, for the most part require only standard equipment and scuba skills. Off the east coast of the United States, sport divers visit and penetrate into intact sunken German U-boats, tug boats, destroyers and sailing ships. This type of wreck diving is more advanced, due to the depth and conditions of the water. Depending on the condition of the wreck, location, water conditions, and whether a penetration is planned, special skills and equipment are needed to make the dive as enjoyable and as safe as possible.

Shipwreck diving enables sport divers to visit the past. Each wreck is a time capsule into history waiting to be explored. Sport divers also make interesting artifact finds while exploring the remains of sunken ships. This enables the sport diving community to make its own contribution to historians and archaeologists by giving them the information needed for wreck identification and further research. Within the pages of this on line test, you will find many helpful hints to make your dives easier and safer. Until now these tricks of the trade have only been learned by years of experience. Realize that no book or article can instantly make anyone an expert wreck diver. Our goal is to give you the needed information and provide a good foundation upon which to build. We will discuss specialized equipment, mental attitude, penetration, methods of research available to all divers, artifact preservation, restoration, modification and much more. You will also learn that the sport of wreck diving is performed on many different experience levels and that each dive is a learning experience for future trips. Hopefully this book will enhance your future adventures by functioning not only as an instructional manual but as a reference source.




"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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