The Future of Deep-Sea Exploration Meets the World’s Most Famous Underwater Heritage Site

During the dive, the submersible will glide over the deck of the Titanic, where powerful exterior lights will illuminate the cavern where the grand staircase was once located and teams will explore the remains of the iconic bridge where the famous order “Hard a’ starboard. Stop all engines” was uttered. They will also explore Titanic's massive debris field, home to numerous artifacts strewn across the ocean floor, an area nearly undisturbed for over a century.

2.5 miles below the sea


sequence of events

There is nothing quite like descending nearly 2.5 miles below the sea surface. While every single dive will be unique, below is the general sequence of events:

1. Every single dive begins with a dive brief on board the topside support vessel.

2. Following a pre-dive brief, the team of up to four crew and sub pilot will transfer from the topside support vessel to Titan, once inside Titan, the pilot will complete a final life-support, navigation, and communication check.

3. At the conclusion of the systems check, all stations (Sub crew, platform crew, and topside support crews) participate in a 5 minute “stopski”, at this time, everyone involved in the operations pauses to evaluate their surroundings and ensure all teams are ready to dive.

4. Once the all clear is given after the stopski, the dive begins.

5. The sub and the launch and recovery platform are fully submerged before the sub disengages from the platform to begin the 90-minute descent to the site of the RMS Titanic.

6. During the 90-minute descent, teams look for bioluminescent creatures in the depths where sunlight cannot penetrate. They will assist the pilot by monitoring the inertial navigation system to vector the sub toward the wreck, and then pick up views of Titanic on sonar before maneuvering around the ship .

7. Once on site, they 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, powerful exterior lights will illuminate the cavern where Titanic's famous grand staircase was once located. Teams 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. During the dive, teams may conduct 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.

8. Throughout the dive Mission Specialist may participate in various support roles such as sonar and laser scanner operation, tracking and communications, observation and documentation, and photography and videography.

9. Each crew member will have access to an individual table to monitor sonar images, track the sub’s position or view all 4 exterior cameras for a 180° view of your surroundings.

10. Once the dive objectives have been completed, or the crew is ready to ascend, the pilot will adjust the submersible buoyancy where they will then begin the 90-minute ascent back to the surface.

(Note: views of specific vessel features depend on local conditions at the wreck)

What is It Like in the Sub?

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, Titan 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.

Eating and Drinking

Snacks and water are allowed. While Titan is the only deep research sub with a bathroom accommodation, given the tight quarters, it is only used in extreme cases. By limiting Mission Specialist's diets before and during the dive, the need to use the bathroom is largely eliminated.

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