Frequently Asked Questions

Be at least 18 years of age when the mission begins, have a valid passport, be able to live aboard a Dive Support Ship at sea for up to one week, be able to board small boats (Zodiacs) in rough seas, are comfortable in dynamic environments where plans and timetables may change, be able to demonstrate basic balance and flexibility (i.e. climb a 6 foot ladder, carry 20 lbs., etc.), and be able to complete a required one-day Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET).
The mission support fee for the 2018 expedition is $105,129 per person. This is equivalent to the cost of First Class passage on Titanic’s inaugural sailing after adjusting for inflation.
Expedition fees will be refunded or credited to future OceanGate missions as follows:
  • 100% Credit for cancellation of a Mission Specialist dive due to equipment failure
  • 50% Credit for cancellation of a Mission Specialist dive due to weather related issues (severe storms, sustained sea conditions, etc.) deemed unsafe to conduct dive operations. If the Expedition Leader deems it safe to dive, and the Mission Specialist opts not to participate, no refund will be given, although every effort will be made to accommodate the client on another dive during the same mission.
  • 100% Refund for trip cancellation by Mission Specialist for any reason prior to February 1, 2018.
  • 0% Refund for trip cancellation by Mission Specialists for any reason after February 1, 2018.
Some of what to look forward to: (This is NOT a complete listing of the activities and amenities that will be available to you)
  • One submersible dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic .
  • An opportunity to perform a rare feat that only a few hundred people have ever accomplished.
  • Accommodations and meals aboard the dive support ship.
  • Mission Specialist training and coaching before and during the mission.
  • Opportunities to actively support the expedition and dive operations team aboard the submersible and surface support vessels.
  • Opportunities to attend private pre-expedition planning and information events with the expedition crew and content experts.
  • Expert presentations before and during the mission.
  • Expedition gear.
  • Expedition report detailing the discoveries made by the mission teams.
  • Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET).
The Mission Specialist is responsible for:
  • Travel costs to and from St. John's, Newfoundland, locations of any private events, or location of HUET training (if done in advance of your mission).
  • Shore side accommodations before and after the mission or at private crew events prior to the mission.
The mission is 8 days in duration, plus a one day Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) to be completed either in advance, or the day before departure in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Please note that luggage will be restricted due to weight restrictions for the helicopter flight. You will need to bring any required medications. A recommended packing list and exact weight restrictions will be provided to all mission specialists at least 90 days prior to the expedition.
In addition to your personal expedition gear, all personal protective equipment (i.e. hard hat, rubber boots, PFD etc.) a VHF radio, and foul weather gear will be provided for use while on board the ship.
Mission Specialists will depart St. Johns, Newfoundland aboard a high-speed helicopter or seaplane for a 1.75 to 2.5-hour flight to rendezvous with the Dive Support Ship (DSS) at a designated location. Following a helipad landing and helicopter departure, the ship will transit to the dive site. (approximately 10-12 hrs.).
This one-day (8hr) course is intended to provide an understanding of the hazards of helicopter over-water transportation. Whether landing on the helideck of a ship or offshore platform this course will provide you with knowledge of personal and helicopter safety and survival equipment and introduce you to emergency response procedures designed to prepare you for water impact with a subsequent abandonment on the surface or egress underwater. You must pass the medical questionnaire and/or get medical clearance for any yes answers on the questionnaire. The HUET certification is good for a period of 3 years.
HUET training is specific to the aircraft type used in the expedition. For the helicopter we plan to use on the Titanic expedition, the training facilities are located in St. John’s, NL and near New Orleans, LA. Although group training sessions may be organized for the New Orleans location in advance of the expedition, most mission specialists will participate in the training the day prior to their mission in St. John’s.
Mission Specialists will enjoy private living quarters, and share the ship’s common areas with the entire expedition crew. These common areas can include lounges, ready room for crew briefings, dining area, and small media room for viewing recorded programs and expedition media, a small workout room, and a sauna. It should be noted that Dive Support Ships are comfortable and clean, but are not considered luxurious. The crew may install portable habitation compartments on the aft deck to increase the number of private crew berths or additional work space. See the Ship Detail page for photos and additional information.
Upon arrival aboard the ship you will receive a vessel orientation and safety briefing. This will include vessel safety drills and learning to don a survival suit. Throughout the mission, you can take part in Mission Specialist training which will qualify you to assist the crew on board the submersible or the ship. Some examples of these roles include dive planning, sonar operation, communication from ship to sub, videography and image capture, tender operator, and navigator.
Each dive roster will typically consist of a Pilot, three mission specialists, and one content expert.
The air pressure in the submersible will remain at a constant one atmosphere – the same pressure we experience at sea level – regardless of depth. Therefore, no decompression is necessary.
Average dive time will be 6-8 hours. Dive time may vary depending on specific mission objectives, environmental, logistical, or personnel considerations.
For a crew of 5, the Standard life support is 8 hours, but the sub is capable of Emergency life support of 96 hours.
To join the expedition, you must first request a crew application to provide information that the Expedition Leader will use to assess your ability to participate in the expedition.
We certainly welcome couples, but due to the limited capacity of the vessel, we cannot offer a ‘companion rate’ for those wanting to join the expedition but not participate in a dive.
The viewport has maximum diameter of 53.34 cm (21 inches) – making it the largest viewport of any submersible capable of diving to these depths. For additional viewing, external cameras provide a near 360-degree view around the sub.
Manned submersibles are one of the safest vehicles in the world. In the last 35 years, over 11 million people have dived in certified, non-military manned submersibles – all without a serious injury.
Titanic rests on the seabed at a depth of 3800 meters (12,800 feet) or about 3.8 km (2.4 miles).
No. However, there are personal disposable toilet solutions available for emergency use.
Descending to the wreck and ascending at the end of the dive will take approximately 90 minutes each, providing approximately 3 hours to explore the wreck during a 6-hour dive.
Although a specific number is difficult to know, it is believed that less than 200 people have seen the wreck in person – far less than have flown in space or climbed Mt. Everest.
The crew consists of 9 mission specialists, 5 to 8 OceanGate pilots and support crew, 1 to 2 content experts, 6 to 8 vessel crew, and technical or film crew for a total of 25 to 30 people aboard the vessel during your mission.
Content experts join the expedition to expand the team’s ability to explore and gather data or images of the wreck. These experts include historians, biologists, wreck experts, film makers, and technical specialists. A preliminary list of specific experts will be provided when available.
Yes, a selection of alcohol will be provided and may be consumed aboard the ship in locations or at times designated by the Expedition Leader. Alcohol is not allowed in the submersible at any time, and alcohol may not be consumed the day prior to your submersible dive. Non-prescription substances are strictly prohibited throughout the expedition.
Yes. The sub has emergency food and water to safety sustain five people for 96 hours. For crew comfort, a limited amount of food and beverage will be aboard for consumption during the 6 to 8-hour dive – although we recommend limiting your intake during the dive due to the lack of bathroom facilities.
During any dive, the internal temperature is typically a few degrees warmer than the outside water temperature. For dives to the Titanic, we expect the internal temperature to be approximately 50-58 degrees F (10-14 degrees C).
Claustrophobia has not been a problem. After over 250 dives in two subs we have not had anyone be claustrophobic. For his expedition, we are planning to provide opportunities for all mission specialists to climb aboard one of our submersibles to experience what it is like inside the sub prior to joining the expedition.
The pilot uses an iXBlue PHINS Inertial Navigation System to track the sub’s location throughout each dive. Effectively, this system operates like an underwater GPS system to pinpoint the location of the sub and the wreck. When navigating around the wreck, the pilot and crew use a multi-beam sonar system that can view objects as far away as 300 meters (984 feet).