One of the most incredible things to do in the region isn’t on land at all. Scuba diving in San Diego is anything but typical, because the coast off San Diego is home to Wreck Alley. Part of the best training grounds for wreck divers in the U.S., you too can dive Wreck Alley with pro wreck divers.
Scuba Diving in San Diego Along Wreck Alley
An artificial reef just a mile off the coast near Mission Bay, you can explore a number of both large and small wrecks. The Wreck Alley dives focus on six particular wrecks, with the flagship dive being the Yukon.
Wreck Alley is so popular for scuba diving in San Diego, that the San Diego Dive Boat Operators and the San Diego Oceans Foundation keep the sites buoyed so divers have descent/ascent lines to easily find the wrecks and also to use for their safety stops after their dive.
You can learn basic or advanced techniques for wreck diving based on your starting ability.
Classroom sessions are done at the conference center in Mission Bay Marina. For your dives, you can expect to venture out to the Canadian Destroyer HMCS Yukon, the Coast Guard Cutter Ruby E, and the World War II Aircraft the P-38, among others.
About the Wrecks
The Yukon is California’s most popular wreck. What makes the Yukon different is that it is completely intact. There is ample opportunity to dive the Yukon over and over again and always have a unique experience.
The Ruby E is almost completely covered with anemones and marine encrustations–it’s been sitting in Wreck Alley since 1989.
The El Rey was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1987 to a big fanfare.
The only true wreck in Wreck Alley, the NOSC tower is an old Naval Ocean Systems Center (NOSC) tower dedicated to oceanic research. Now it sits in 60 feet of water and has sprouted an underwater ecosystem as an artificial reef. [
The Seasoned Wreck Dive Instructors at the Academy of Scuba will teach you basic and introductory wreck diving techniques. Over a two day period, you will be exposed to expert wreck diving instruction and techniques. You will be doing four world famous wreck dives over two days in Wreck Alley and have several hours of classroom instruction from your Master Scuba Diver Trainers and Master Instructors.
There are classes available for basic, intermediate, advanced and even night wreck diving.
Stay close to the diving action off Mission Beach by choosing one of 710 Beach Rentals properties in Mission Beach. You’ll work up an appetite with diving, so check out our blog post on Mission Beach restaurants. For any non-divers on your trip, or for relaxing on your down time, we’ve written about the Mission Beach boardwalk–you won’t need to look any further for fun, relaxation and great eats. And don’t forget to check out our free area vacation guide to help plan your trip!