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Private Dives Into The Titanic Wreckage Will Open in 2021

Private Dives Into The Titanic Wreckage Will Open in 2021

In the years since the 1912 catastrophe, scientists, researchers and the Oscar-winning Titanic director James Cameron have visited the RMS Titanic.

And for the first time in 15 years, you finally have the chance to visit the famous Titanic wreckage too.

A company called OceanGate Expeditions are offering us regular Joes a chance to sign up for deep sea dives to visit the remnants of the ship. Stockton Rush, the president of OceanGate Expeditions, is hoping to make dive expeditions more common.

More than 1,500 people lost their lives when the British passenger ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

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You could have a chance to explore the wreckage (Credit: OceanGate Expeditions)
You could have a chance to explore the wreckage (Credit: OceanGate Expeditions)

Stockton spoke to Bloomberg where he revealed he already has three dozen people booked for the first six diving expeditions from May to July next year, with more spaces available.

Describing the current state of the wreckage, Stockton explained: "All the bones are gone. There are no bodies down there. There are boots and shoes and clothes that show where people were 100 years ago, and that is very somber."

The chosen team will also get to examine some of the 300 unique species of sea creature-most microbial-identified on the Titanic.

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The process of joining the team does seem like a slightly more strenuous job interview but the results could be very rewarding.

The OceanGate Expeditions website are calling for what they refer to as "citizen scientists" to join their crew as Mission Specialists. "Mission specialists are adventurers and citizen scientists who support the expedition through various sub-nautical and oceanographic roles," the description reads.

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The dives will take place between May and July 2021 (Credit: OceanGate Expeditions)
The dives will take place between May and July 2021 (Credit: OceanGate Expeditions)

To apply you must fill out an application which asks about your height, weight, if you're prone to claustrophobia or seasickness. You might want to skip this opportunity if the latter applies to you.

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If the application is approved, you may be invited to an interview and in true 2020 fashion it will take place on Zoom or Skype.

Following a successful interview, you could be offered a position as as Mission Specialist Crew Member on one of the expedition missions. You will sign a Mission Specialist Crew and training agreement and start training.

However, you may also be asked to demonstrate basic balance, mobility and flexibility and be able to live aboard a research class expedition vessel with the operations crew.

The Titan will take divers to the wreckage (Credit: OceanGate Expeditions)
The Titan will take divers to the wreckage (Credit: OceanGate Expeditions)
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The once in a lifetime experience will set you back $125,000 (£96,368.75) for the eight-day sail from St. John's, Newfoundland. The single dive will take six to eight hours to reach the Titanic site, explore and return to the surface ship.

If all goes to plan, the chosen guests will be among the first guests to visit the wreck in 15 years, Stockton says. Apparently the Covid-19 pandemic has not dampened people's enthusiasm to visit the ship's wreckage which stretches 25 nautical miles.

Fancy a go? Here's where you can apply.

Your next adventure awaits!

Featured Image Credit: PA

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