A few weeks ago some Israeli divers chanced upon nearly 2,000 gold coins that had been underwater in the Mediterranean for a millennia. This was the largest hoard of gold coins ever discovered in Israel and theories abound. Scientists have posited that perhaps it's the remnants of a shipwreck carrying tax money to the central government in Egypt. Or perhaps the coins were meant to pay military garrison salaries in Caesarea.
Before you start diving shipwrecks looking for buried treasure, take the PADI Wreck Specialty Course. It teaches divers how to safely dive wrecks, which are usually located in deep water. It also teaches divers how to research the history of a wreck and determine the legality of salvaging, so you don’t end up on the wrong side of the law.
After that, there are opportunities to search for sunken treasure like diving the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha in Florida. For $2,500 you get to dive alongside professional underwater treasure hunters and try your hand at finding your very own cache of precious, antique gold coins.
Come join us on May 2 and 3, 2015 for our next Wreck Weekend in San Diego where you can earn your Wreck Specialty certification diving the 366 foot Canadian Destroyer “Yukon.” This could be your first step in being an underwater Indiana Jones or Lara Croft.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or call 310-398-5759 to sign up.