Both the Researcher and the Steel Deckhouse offer swim-through or penetration opportunities for those with proper certification.
- Advanced Open Water required
- Certified Divers
The Junk Pile (much cooler than it sounds!) is another great site fully encrusted in soft corals and sponges. Sometimes we will substitute the nearby Researcher wreck for one or both of these sites. The trip out is about an hour and forty-five minutes each way.
The Steel Deckhouse
This 2 story deckhouse portion of a cargo freighter, sitting in 90 feet of water, provides great penetration dives for those with a wreck diving certification and a reel. Other divers enjoy swimming through the outer stairwells. Be on the lookout for the Goliath grouper that lives on the second story! See footage here.
The Junk Pile
The Junk Pile is one of Charleston’s older artificial reefs, created when tons of iron and steel shipyard refuse was dumped into about 75 feet of water. The Junk pile stretches out for about 200 feet, and rises in the middle to a depth of about 65 feet. This wreck is heavily encrusted with life, including smaller critters like nudibranchs and bristleworms.