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Wreck Diving carries with it the romantic images of history and the thrill of discovery, and once it takes hold of you, the “lust for rust” can become a lifelong obsession.

With insight From Jim Standing

fourth element’s co-founder

With insight From Jim Standing

fourth element’s co-founder

Wreck diving conjures up visions of treasure hunting and while nowadays removing items from shipwrecks is generally frowned upon (there are many dive shops and private collections adorned by brass “treasures” brought up from the depths and painstakingly restored), thanks to photography and photogrammetry, there are increasingly sophisticated means available to preserve their memory.

For most, the appeal of wreck diving is to delve into history; a successful wreck dive is as much about seeing something that one has read about, studied and already knows, as it is about the dive itself. In fact, the knowledge of the story behind the wreck can transform a misshapen lump on the seabed into a 16th Century cannon, last fired on King Henry VIII’s 16th birthday, or a mass of twisted metal can be re-imagined as a ship, steaming across the Atlantic before being hit by a torpedo.

For others, capturing wrecks in images has become the driver for this passion, creating new techniques in underwater photography including long exposures with the aid of tripods, photo mosaics and photogrammetry. In the 21st century, wreck diving is much more about preserving through images than bringing back souvenirs.

The reputation of wreck diving is that of darkness and danger and indeed, venturing into a potentially unstable overhead environment is something which should not be undertaken lightly. Redundant equipment including reels and lights, are absolutely essential for more than the most cursory wreck explorations. Training and experience are essential requirements before going into most wrecks, but there is still plenty of inspiration and wonder to be found just by looking at the remains of a ship and its cargo as they sit on the sea bed.

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Wreck Ready

Some of our most popular pieces for wreck diving

Argonaut 2.0 – (Stealth Hybrid)

Flexible and hardwearing with the added confidence of heavier fabric on the legs

J2 Base Layers

The perfect next-to-skin solution for a wreck diving expedition

Halo 3D

Bodymapped undersuit with insulation where you need it the most when you are in horizontal trim


Biogenic heating vest which provides extra warmth for longer decompression dives.

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