My name’s Steve Burton ‘B2’. I set up ThaiWreckDiver.com as a non commercial web site with the following aims:-
- Provide a resource for all wreck diving activities in Thailand
- Making public the wrecks exact GPS co-ordinates where known.
- Improving divers knowledge of the shipwrecks, their history and construction.
- Contacting the crews families and veterans associations on the discovery of new wrecks.
- Promoting formal wreck diver training and the knowledge of some of the more advanced Nitrox & Trimix decompression diving and penetration diving techniques necessary to safely explore them.
- Publishing the contact details of all dive shops who promote wreck diving and the contact details of the technical Divers who risk death and broken marriages to pursue this most challenging of activities.
Sadly there are currently no regular live aboard dive boats visiting the more challenging deep shipwrecks in the 40-80m depth range. This is usually because of either insufficient funds or insufficient highly experienced decompression divers who are all available at the same time to make it economically viable to charter the larger offshore boats necessary to reach the more remote wreck dive sites.
If you leave me your contact details though, I’ll be happy to keep you in touch with any forthcoming trips to the shipwrecks featured in these web pages, research any particular wreck in Thai waters for you, or just to ‘tour guide’ your wild ‘R&R’ night out in Pattaya…whatever!
If you have a small group of (say) 4 divers and you’ve just got unlimited amounts of cash to spend on your own serious wrecking trip, I can arrange the logistics to visit any of the wrecks featured on these pages.
Why I enjoy deep wreck exploration…
- Shallow wrecks. When you dive a shipwreck in the 0-40m(0-130ft) depth range, everyone and their dog has been on the vessel and torn it apart for trinkets. Fishermen have pulled the wreck apart with their boat anchors, and the wreck is quickly reduced to a pile of rusting steel plate.
- Deep Wrecks. When you dive a deep shipwreck, especially those deeper than 60m(200ft), often you are one of only a hand full of people who have visited this vessel; Maybe you might even be the first to visit that part of the wreck. The wreck is for the most part completely untouched. If time travel is possible, then for me, this represents the closest thing to going back in time to the moment the vessel sank, since it lies there untouched on the seabed in exactly the same state as she left the surface often hundreds of years previously.
Thank you very much for your interest
Written by Stephen Burton