The Prince of Wales Wreck

January 21, 2024

The Prince of Wales wreck was our final dive of the day. It's a very shallow wreck sitting in only 2-4 metres of water in a relatively sheltered bay. There wasn't much left of the wreck. Mostly just the brass pins, some decking, and the mast. It's so shallow that you can see the shadow of it just off the beach of the bay in Google Maps.

Prince of Wales

The crazy part was that because the dive was so shallow, we just used our tanks from the previous dive. We didn't switch over to new tanks with full air. That meant I went in with 77 bar and came out with 19 bar. If I had had any trouble at all, I could have just stood up. It was all perfectly reasonable and perfectly safe. 

I managed to get a number of shots in before the SD card in my GoPro was full.

The Prince of Wales

After I was no longer able to take pictures, I just stopped in one place and hung on to some timber. I remained motionless and let the fish come to me. I probably had a dozen fish sitting on or swimming around both of my hands. It was great to be able to just chill there and enjoy the experience.

Prince of Wales


Location: South Island, Marlborough, New Zealand

Statistics


Dive Number:   245
Bottom Time: 42m
Time In: 4:12 p.m.
Tank In: 77 PSI
Max Depth: 3.50 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 4:55 p.m.
Tank Out: 19 PSI
Average Depth: 2.30 ft
Start Pressure Group:
 
 
 
 
Surface Interval:   1h 24m
End Pressure Group:

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