Wreck diving is a very specific type of scuba diving, and it, of course, requires exactly the right equipment including wetsuit, boots, fins, and perhaps most importantly, the right torch.
That’s a deep question; the equipment used in wreck diving will vary greatly from location to location.
Diving in the warm, clear waters of Mexico, the Caribbean, South Pacific etc, will require thinner neoprene. Deeper and colder water wreck dives will obviously require more neoprene. A very popular wreck dive destination, the Red Sea, requires at least a 3/2mm wetsuit. The selection of wreck diving equipment, such as torches, is also a highly individual matter. Just remember, you want to streamline yourself as much as possible to reduce drag, permit easier swimming with less fatigue, and eliminate the possibility of becoming snagged.
Dangling equipment is also more likely to get damaged, and it is certainly harder to find when needed. There are few hard and fast rules regarding the location of items such as back up lights and line reels, but you should carefully plan where each piece of gear is to be placed. For example, a back-up light is useless, unless it can be easily and quickly located even in the worst conditions. Next time you’re on a charter boat, take a look around at how each diver’s gear is set up. If you see anything interesting, ask how it works or why it’s rigged in that manner.
Perhaps the most important piece of equipment you will need is the right dive torch. Dolphin Tech recently introduced a very good torch for cave diving. The Dolphin Tech T110 660 Lumens canister light generates a super-bright light beam well-suited for advanced or night diving, wreck diving and even the darkest cave exploration. In ScubaLab testing, its three LEDs produced a highly- intense 12-inch diameter hotspot, thereby matching the brightest light they had ever tested. Surrounding the hot spot, a halo extends almost 4 feet in diameter – it effectively quadruples the T110’s light coverage area. Rugged, compact, with adjustable Goodman handle and housed in a visually and tactilely pleasing, durable, anodized aluminum-alloy body, this technical diving torch is thoroughly well-thought out, typical of the entire Dolphin Tech line of technical diving gear. Bottom line: The Dolphin Tech T110 may be new, but it’s already an industry-leading technical diving powerhouse when it comes to pumping out white, bright illumination. Lighting the way, Dolphin Tech’s newest line of hybrid technical diving equipment is already setting the industry pace for quality, durability and precision.
Besides your torch, there is a myriad of equipment you will need for wreck diving. We’ll keep you posted on any new equipment we recommend.