The Ultimate Expedition: Diving To The Titanic Wreck Site

See and Help Survey the Wreck Before It’s Gone Forever

She’s the poster child of superlatives. She’s a generations-old icon of luxury and romantic adventure. She’s a tragic symbol of man’s hubris. Now, she’s deteriorating.

After over 100 years at the bottom of the North Atlantic, the Titanic is decaying and will soon be nothing more than flecks of rust flowing along with the current—the remnants of a phantom drifting across the ocean floor. 

However, a team of intrepid scientists are dedicated to surveying the wreck and gathering data before it is lost forever, and they want you to join them.

OceanGate Expeditions is recruiting for six missions in 2020. Among the crew of interdisciplinary researchers and scientists, they are looking for nine volunteers per mission to help fund and participate in their research endeavors. This could very well be the last time anyone will ever see the wreck.

Your ten-day mission includes a prep day in Newfoundland, a two-day voyage to the site, and four and a half days of diving to the wreck before traveling back.

No diving experience is required (unless you plan to swim down over 13,000 feet—that’s over 2,000 fathoms—in your wetsuit and water fins). A dive like this requires highly specialized equipment. That’s why OceanGate has developed the Titan, “The world’s only 5-person manned submersible capable of reaching 4,000 meters,” according to their site. You and the crew will conduct your dives in this special mission craft, decked out with sensors and cameras that you’ll be operating. Oh, did we forget to mention that? You’ll be working the equipment.

The Titan

You are not a tourist, you are a mission specialist on this expedition. If OceanGate is going to go through all the trouble of getting you to the bottom of the ocean, they’re going to need more than just your cash—they need your hands, too. 

You will be doing a variety of tasks from helping with navigation to operating the sensors and communication equipment, reviewing data, planning dives, and even servicing the Titan. Don’t worry, there will be technical advisors to help you out, but they can’t do it all themselves. That’s why you’re there. 

This isn’t a vacation, but if you’ve always wanted to live like Popeye after he got his Ph.D. in ocean science, now is your chance. You’ll even get to bring along your own Olive Oyl as a companion on the trip who gets to take part in everything except the actual dives for 50% of the price. Speaking of the price…

Titanic at the doc

125,000 USD is the cost to take part. The money helps fund the expedition and research itself. There’s a deeper point behind the price tag, though. $125,000 is equal to the cost of a first class ticket on board the Titanic’s fated voyage—$4,350 back in 1912 dollars. Consider that the next time you think about inflation rates.

Spots are filling up fast. Three of out of the six 2020 missions are already full. If the price seems unreasonable to you, think about this: gods and kings outnumber the people who have seen the Titanic wreck. More people have climbed Everest or been to Space than have explored the ill-fated vessel. And those people never got to “swab the deck” while singing sea shanties.