Bristol Channel Divers
Many of us enjoy wreck diving and we are lucky in this country to have so many good quality wrecks to dive. This is due to our rich maritime history. However, these wrecks did not come about without a price. In many cases (approx 11000 wrecks around the UK coast) involved loss of life - often in the service of this country. As such, we have a duty to show respect to these sites and to dive responsibly on them. This pages lists some things you need to consider when diving a wreck. Some require action by the club as a whole, some by Dive Marshals and some are down to you, the individual diver. Please familiarise yourself with the information presented here and, if you have any questions, ask.
If you are planning to dive a wreck site, you are taking on a responsibility. In many cases, lives may have been lost there or the site may be of some scientific interest - it may even be illegal to dive your intended site. You need to be familiar with the laws surrounding wrecks. If in doubt, ask! The more experienced members of the club will help you.
The law is there to protect sites which have been designated as worthy of special interest. However, there are many other sites which are of special interest: perhaps to those who lost loved ones during conflict or in a tragic accident. We must be respectful when diving these sites to preserve the memory of those who perished. After all, would you go into a grave yard and start prising up tombstones?
Of course, you have a duty to yourself and your fellow divers too. You need to ensure you are properly trained for the diving you intend to do and that your skills are up to date. In addition to avoiding physical injury, skills like good buoyancy control and finning technique will enable you to avoid damaging the environment you are diving in.
Respect Our Wrecks!