Follow in Jacques Cousteau’s footsteps and become an underwater explorer, beginning with a dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic. This is your chance to step outside of everyday life and discover something truly extraordinary.
Become one of the few to see the Titanic with your own eyes.
Intrepid travelers will sail from the Atlantic coast of Canada for an 8-day expedition to dive on the iconic wreck that lies 380 miles offshore and 3,800 meters below the surface.
St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada
Mission 1: May 11 – 19 (Full)
Mission 2: May 20 -28 (Call for availability)
Mission 3: May 29 – June 6 (Call for availability)
Mission 4: June 7 – 15, 2023 (Full)
Mission 5: June 16 – 24, 2023 (Call for availability)
Arrive in the seaside city of St. John’s to meet your expedition crew and board the vessel that will take you to the wreck of the RMS Titanic. You’ll familiarize yourself with life on a working vessel as we begin the 400-nautical-mile-journey to the wreck site.
Welcome to the wild North Atlantic Ocean. As we continue to steam out to the dive site, you’ll learn more about the days ahead and get to know the rest of the expedition crew more. The Expedition Leader will go over important safety information and dive day logistics, and our science team and content experts will help you prepare for what you may discover on your dive. It would be wise to make it an early night – dive days begin bright and early and we may be diving as soon as Day 3.
Depending on the sea state, diving could begin as early as Day 3.
On a dive day, we will begin with final dive checks on the back deck before heading to the bridge for a pre-dive meeting. Then you will climb inside Titan, OceanGate’s five-person submersible, to begin the dive. Those who are not diving the first day will be incorporated into other areas of dive ops — like driving the dingy, assisting the Expedition Manager, collecting media or simply enjoying watching the team work together to do something truly unique.
Once the submersible is launched you will begin to see alienlike lifeforms whizz by the viewport as you sink deeper and deeper into the ocean. The descent takes approximately two hours but it feels like the blink of an eye. You may assist the pilot with coms and tracking, take notes for the science team about what you see outside of the viewport, watch a movie or eat lunch. There is a private toilet at the front of the sub if nature calls.
Soon you will arrive at depth, and after some navigating across the seafloor and debris field, finally see what you’ve been waiting for: the RMS Titanic. The content expert onboard will point out key features, be they of the wreck itself or the life that calls this corner of the ocean home. Enjoy hours of exploring the wreck and debris field before making the two-hour ascent to the surface.
Once on deck, you will be welcomed back by the expedition crew and be able to share the story of your incredible accomplishment.
On the days you’re not diving, you may be part of the dive ops crew for the other dive team, review underwater footage from your dive, chat with experts about the dive’s discoveries, sit in the sun on the top deck, watch a pod of whales swim by the ship, drive a dingy in the wild North Atlantic – non-diving days are just as busy as dive days.
We’ll begin to steam back to St. John’s on Day 7.
Signal Hill is the first thing you’ll see as we motor in to St. John’s. Take a moment to reflect on all that you have accomplished – you’re one of less than 300 people in history who have dove to the world’s most famous shipwreck. You’ll leave the vessel with a collection of media from the dives and an amazing adventure to share when you get back home.
PH Nargeolet is a renowned Titanic expert, having led six expeditions to the Titanic wreck site and lectured at numerous Titanic exhibitions around the world. He’s known as “Titanic’s Greatest Explorer.”
David Concannon has over 25 years of exploration leadership, including six expeditions to the Titanic, the Apollo F-1 Search and Recovery Project, two Mt. Everest expeditions, and expeditions to the HMHS Britannic and the German battleship Bismarck.
Titanic dive veteran and expert with 44 years of dive experience around the globe including Titanic expeditions in 2000, 2005, 2021 and 2022.
A highly decorated physician, astronaut, and tech CEO, recently inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. He flew five Space Shuttle missions and conducted seven spacewalks.
Steve Ross is a Research Professor at the Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has served as chief scientist on numerous cruises, including those using submersibles. His current work involves community assessment of unique deep-water habitats. He holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Bridget Buxton is an underwater archaeologist and historian based at the University of Rhode Island, and an archaeological advisor to Oceangate Foundation. In addition to Oceangate’s Titanic and Atlantic expeditions, she is planning future archaeological adventures in Israel, Croatia, Portugal, and the Indian Ocean.
You do not need any previous experience! You will learn everything you need to know for your dive onboard the expedition vessel, and we will help you prepare for the expedition before you join us on the ship. It helpful to have a sturdy pair of sea legs, but even if the extent of your life on the water is only snorkeling in 20 feet of water, we will be happy to welcome you aboard.
*There are a few physical requirements like being able to board small boats in active seas, sit for extended periods of time and certain other aspects of living on a working vessel. Please talk with our Expedition Manager if you have any concerns.
The mission support fee for the 2023 Titanic Survey Expedition is $250,000.
You are responsible for the costs of travel to and from St. John’s, Newfoundland, your lodging in St. John’s, and your meals until you board the expedition vessel.
When you board the ship you will receive a vessel orientation and safety briefing – these are essential safety requirements for all crew living aboard a working vessel.
After familiarizing yourself with the vessel’s safety procedures and learning how to don a survival suit, you can choose how you’d like to be involved on the expedition. Do you want to be part of the submersible’s dome opening and closing crew? Do you want to help the coms and tracking team assist the pilot with navigation to the wreck? You’ll be shown all of the roles on board. If there is something you want to do, you will fully be incorporated into the team.
As a Mission Specialist, you will not just be ‘along for the ride’. During these authentic expeditions, you may opt-in to roles that you want to learn or that you already have an aptitude for – with training and coaching provided throughout your mission.
Role availability may vary depending on the expedition you join and the specific mission objectives. See the lists below for typical roles on each mission.
Conduct sonar scans of the shipwrecks and sunken artifacts.
Operate on-board cameras to capture photos and videos of sea life, shipwrecks, artifacts and more.
Assist the pilot with sub-to-surface communications.
Participate in servicing the submersible after dive operations.
Help identify undersea objects, conduct species counts and record the team’s observations.
Download, review and process images captured during the dive.
Conduct a detailed review and analysis of the sonar data to create an image of the wreck based on information captured during the dive.
Assist in operational dive planning.
The Titan submersible can seat 5 people. This roster will usually include: a pilot, three Mission Specialists, and one content expert.
There is a small toilet located in Titan’s front dome – it doubles as the best seat in the house. When the toilet is in use, we install a privacy curtain between the dome and the main compartment and turn the music up loud.
We do recommend that you restrict your diet before and during the dive to reduce the likelihood that you will need to use the facilities.