Wreck Diving is one of the most popular types of scuba diving, practiced all over the world.
Usually a past time for recreational divers of all levels, wreck dives explore military, leisure and privately owned wrecks, both recent and decades old, with some retired ships now being scuttled to create more diving opportunities around tourist areas.
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The reason why old wrecks are of such interest to divers, apart from the intrigue of a historic event, is because the sunken ships created interesting artificial reefs, in which marine life create new habitats, some of which would not have occurred naturally in the area.
Wrecks are legally protected from unauthorized salvage or desecration in many countries. The UK protects wrecks with three seperate acts; Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 and Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
You can even go on a wreck diving appreciation course through BSAC in the UK.