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Wreck Alley Gives Divers a Glimpse Inside Sunken Ships

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Fill you last month of summer with adventure, and things you’ve never done before. If you are looking for something new to try in order to step up your “adventure” game, then try diving with sunken ships, right here, in your very own home. San Diego’s major sunken ship diving sight is Wreck Alley. The Wreck Alley has many ship sights such as the  HMCS Yukon Ship Wreck and the Ruby E. These ship sights will fill your summer with new adventure and new memories that will last all year long.

The Yukon ship was sunk (on purpose) on July 14th, 2000 weighing in at 2,380 tons. This Canadian Destroyer lays on it’s side, which adds to the danger factor of this dive. This ship was designed to carry a crew, which means that this ship can act as a maze to its visitors. Diving inside the wreck meant for the most experienced divers, and should only be done by divers who are trained and prepared. On the first day of opening this dive to the public, an instructor almost died after getting lost in the long in confusing hallways. The good news is you can also dive around the ship and still get a great look at this vessel.

If you’re wreck dive certified, make sure you do your research before enduring on this underwater adventure. Prepare for it to be dark and a giant puzzle piece. You may think a wall is a door and a door is a ceiling, but that is all a part of the adventure. For this sunken ship dive, it is best to do this plunge in numbers. Doing this dive in a group is safe because then you can stick together, and have people there to help you if you get lost. There are plenty of charters that will take you out to the wreck and organize groups so you don’t have to do it yourself.

Although the HMCS Yukon is the newest sunken ship sight, don’t forget about the other ships that you can visit that are also buried in the salty water of San Diego. The Ruby E is not quite as complicated as the Yukon, but it is still quite fascinating. The sunlight will shine through the open areas of the ship, and there is also one large access hole for divers to swim through. The Ruby E was a Coast Guard cutter and 156 feet long and was later donated to become a new exploration sight as a sunken ship.

The other two ship sights that are a part of Wreck Alley are the El Rey and NoscTower. The El Ray was a 100-foot long was meant for kelp reaping and has been resting at the bottom of the sea since she was donated in 1987. The Nosc Tower saw it’s last day in 1988 after being destroyed by a storm. This natural wreck is an exhilarating place to explore, and is perfect for new divers. There is something for everyone at Wreck Alley, and the ocean is a beautiful place to explore. Step outside of your comfort zone, and fill your summer with exploration.

Rachel lives in SD and has a passion for adventure and writing. Contact her at rachldeitch@gmail.com

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