Shipwreck diving is a special experience, a chance to connect with a dramatic, perhaps tragic event in history. An opportunity to reflect on the risks faced by seafarers, then and now.

There are literally tens of thousands of wrecks around the world today. Fortunately, most of the shallower wrecks around the UK are still accessible to those who are prepared to look. A little investment in scuba training and equipment, and a sense of adventure are all that is really necessary.

A dive on a shipwreck always reminds me that we can all still succumb to nature, war or plain bad luck, no matter our strength or ingenuity. The presence of so many wrecks round our shores ridicules the notion that any ship could ever be unsinkable. Accidents happen and all life involves a degree of risk and uncertainty. We have to carry on, regardless.

It is a privilege to be able to share through the pages of this website the experience of diving shipwrecks, such fascinating relics of the past. I hope it might inspire a few people to strap on a tank and dive some of the amazing shipwrecks all around the UK (and indeed further afield). In the words of Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield: “The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet”.