Following a pre-dive brief, your team of up to four crew and sub pilot will board Cyclops 2. After conducting a check of life-support, navigation, and communication systems, the dive begins.
During the 90-minute descent, look for bioluminescent creatures in the depths where sunlight cannot penetrate. Help the pilot monitor the inertial navigation system to vector Cyclops 2 toward the wreck, and then pick up views of Titanic on sonar before maneuvering around the ship.
We will spend about three hours exploring the wreck, focusing mostly on the bow section, the most impressive part of the wreck. Gliding over the ship’s deck, our powerful exterior lights will illuminate the cavern where Titanic’s famous grand staircase was once located. Your dive may explore the remains of the iconic bridge where the famous order “Hard a’ starboard. Stop all engines” was uttered, or explore Titanic’s massive debris field, home to numerous artifacts strewn across the ocean floor, nearly undisturbed for over a century.
Mission Specialists may also assist the dive team with pre- and post-dive servicing of the submersible, or perform other Mission Specialist support roles such as reviewing videos and photos of the wreck, analyzing sonar data, or helping with dive planning. Exterior cameras send multiple feeds to your individual tablet, providing a near 180-degree view from the bow. Use this interactive device to switch between camera feeds, view live sonar images, or track the sub’s position.
During the dive, your crew may conduct 3D and 2D laser or sonar scans or search for one of the ship’s giant boilers, enormous propellers, and other landmarks of this famous vessel while viewing deep sea creatures living amidst the wreckage.
(Note: views of specific vessel features depends on local conditions at the wreck)
The inside of the submersible is well-lit and comfortable for five adults. The internal pressure remains at a constant one atmosphere – the same pressure we experience at sea level so no decompression is required at the end of the dive. and the air is recycled in a similar way as a spacecraft. The internal temperature is typically only a few degrees warmer than the outside water temperature so we recommend that be prepared with layers.
A common occurrence inside the sub during a dive is the presence of condensation on the inside of the pressure hull. For a more comfortable experience, Cyclops 2 is equipped with a large cylindrical insert that forms a barrier between the exterior hull and the interior compartment to deflect the condensation away from the crew.
During the dive, crew members will rotate seating to ensure everyone has an opportunity to sit with an unobstructed view through the large viewport. Multiple displays show live feeds from the cameras or sonar views, plus each crewmember will have a digital tablet with individual access to the live camera views, sonar images, species guides, tracking data, shipwreck information, and more. As desired, lighting, music and recorded images can be adjusted for comfort and entertainment during the descent and ascent.
Snacks and water are allowed, however, due to limited bathroom facilities, limiting consumption throughout the dive is recommended. Disposable toilet solutions are available in the event of an emergency.