Frequently Asked Questions

 
  • be at least 18 years of age when the mission begins,
  • have a valid passport, be able to live aboard a Dive Support Ship at sea for up to one week,
  • be able to board small boats (Zodiacs) in rough seas,
  • are comfortable in dynamic environments where plans and timetables may change,
  • be able to demonstrate basic balance and flexibility (i.e. climb a 6-foot ladder, carry 20 lbs., etc.),
  • be able to complete a required one-day Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET).
The mission support fee for the 2018 expedition is $105,129 per person. For 2019 expedition, the support fee is $108,218. These are equivalent to the cost of First Class passage on Titanic’s inaugural sailing after adjusting for inflation.
Expedition fees will be refunded or credited to future OceanGate missions as follows:
  • 100% Credit for cancellation of a Mission Specialist dive due to equipment failure.
  • 50% Credit for cancellation of a Mission Specialist dive due to weather related issues (severe storms, sustained sea conditions, etc.) deemed unsafe to conduct dive operations. If the Expedition Leader deems it safe to dive, and the Mission Specialist opts not to participate, no refund will be given, although every effort will be made to accommodate the client on another dive during the same mission.
  • 100% Refund for trip cancellation by Mission Specialist for any reason prior to final payment date.
  • 0% Refund for trip cancellation by Mission Specialists for any reason after final payment date.
  • One submersible dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic.
  • An opportunity to perform a rare feat that only a few hundred people have ever accomplished.
  • Accommodations and meals aboard the dive support ship.
  • Shore side accommodations, meals and ground transportation in St. John’s at the start and end of the mission as shown in itinerary.
  • Mission Specialist training and coaching before and during the mission.
  • Opportunities to actively support the expedition and dive operations team, and content experts aboard the submersible and surface support vessels.
  • Opportunities to attend private pre-expedition planning and information events with the expedition crew and content experts.
  • Presentations by content experts and scientists before and during the mission.
  • Expedition gear.
  • Expedition report detailing the discoveries made by the mission teams.
  • Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) – if required.
  • Travel costs to and from St. John's, Newfoundland.
  • Accommodations and travel costs to and from locations of any private crew events prior to the mission, or location of HUET training (if done in advance of your mission).
The mission is 11 days in duration, including a one day Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) to be completed the day before departure in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Please note that luggage will be restricted due to weight restrictions for the helicopter flight. You will need to bring any required medications. A recommended packing list and exact weight restrictions will be provided to all mission specialists at least 90 days prior to the expedition.
In addition to your personal expedition gear, all personal protective equipment (i.e. hard hat, rubber boots, PFD etc.) a VHF radio, and foul weather gear will be provided for use while on board the ship.
Mission Specialists will depart St. Johns, Newfoundland aboard a high-speed helicopter for a 1.75 to 2.5-hour flight to rendezvous with the Dive Support Ship at sea. Following a helipad landing and helicopter departure, the ship will transit to the dive site. (approximately 15-20 hrs.).
This one-day (8hr) course provides an understanding of the hazards of helicopter over-water transportation. Whether landing on the helideck of a ship or offshore platform this course will provide you with knowledge of personal and helicopter safety and survival equipment and introduce you to emergency response procedures designed to prepare you for water impact with a subsequent abandonment on the surface or egress underwater. This training includes a classroom session of about 2 hours, and practical training of about 2 hours in a pool environment where you will don a survival suit and practice egress from a simulator in multiple landing scenarios.
HUET training is specific to the aircraft type used in the expedition. For the helicopter we plan to use on the Titanic expedition, the training facilities are located in St. John’s, NL and near New Orleans, LA. Although group training sessions may be organized for the New Orleans location in advance of the expedition, most mission specialists will participate in the training the day prior to their mission in St. John’s.
Mission Specialists will enjoy private living quarters and share the ship’s common areas with the entire expedition crew. These common areas can include lounges, ready room for crew briefings, dining area, and small media room for viewing recorded programs and expedition media, a small workout room, and a sauna. It should be noted that Dive Support Ships are comfortable and clean, but are not considered luxurious.
When you arrive aboard the ship you will receive a vessel orientation and safety briefing. This will include vessel safety drills and learning to don a survival suit. Throughout the mission, you can take part in Mission Specialist training which will qualify you to assist the crew and content experts on board the submersible or the ship. See Crew Roles page for examples.
Each dive roster will typically consist of a Pilot, three mission specialists, and one content expert.
The air pressure in the submersible will remain at a constant one atmosphere – the same pressure we experience at sea level – regardless of depth. Therefore, no decompression is necessary.
Average dive time will be 6-8 hours. Dive time may vary depending on specific mission objectives, environmental, logistical, or personnel considerations.
Descending to the wreck and ascending at the end of the dive will take approximately 90 minutes each way, providing approximately 3 hours to explore the wreck during a 6-hour dive.
For a crew of 5, the sub has 96 hours of life support.
To join the expedition, you must first request a crew application to provide information that the Expedition Leader will use to assess your ability to participate in the expedition. Please see the Join Us page for additional information.
We certainly welcome couples, but due to the limited capacity of the vessel and the helicopter, we cannot offer a ‘companion rate’ for those wanting to join the expedition but not participate in a dive.
Yes. In addition, some full-time crew members have emergency medical training and all full-time crew members have a current first aid training certificate for assistance with minor injuries. In extreme cases, medical evacuation may be possible, although factors such as weather conditions, sea state, and distance from shore may restrict or eliminate these options.
The viewport has maximum diameter of 53.34 cm (21 inches) – making it the largest viewport of any submersible capable of diving to these depths. For additional viewing, external cameras provide a near 180-degree view from the bow of the sub.
Manned submersibles are one of the safest vehicles in the world. In the last 35 years, over 11 million people have dived in certified, non-military manned submersibles – all without a serious injury.
Titanic rests on the seabed at a depth of 3800 meters (12,800 feet) or about 3.8 km (2.4 miles).
No. However, there are personal disposable toilet solutions available for emergency use.
Although a specific number is difficult to know, it is believed that fewer than 200 people have seen the wreck in person – far less than have flown in space or climbed Mt. Everest.
The crew consists of 9 mission specialists, 8 to 10 OceanGate pilots and support crew, 4 to 6 content experts, 20 vessel crew, and technical or film crew for a total of 40 to 50 people aboard the vessel during your mission.
Content experts join the expedition to expand the team’s ability to explore and gather data or images of the wreck. These experts include Titanic historians, deep sea marine biologists, marine archaeologists, microbiologists, film makers, and technical specialists. A preliminary list of specific experts will be provided when available.
Yes, a selection of alcohol will be provided and may be consumed aboard the ship in locations or at times designated by the Expedition Leader. Alcohol is not allowed in the submersible at any time, and alcohol may not be consumed the day prior to your submersible dive. Non-prescription substances are strictly prohibited throughout the expedition.
Yes. The sub has emergency food and water to safety sustain five people for 96 hours. For crew comfort, a limited amount of food and beverage will be aboard for consumption during the dive – although we recommend limiting your intake during the dive due to the limited bathroom facilities.
During any dive, the internal temperature inside the carbon fiber hull is typically a few degrees warmer than the outside water temperature. For dives to the Titanic, we expect the internal temperature to be approximately 40-50 degrees F (4-10 degrees C).
Claustrophobia has not been a problem. After over 300 dives in two subs we have not had anyone be claustrophobic. For his expedition, we will provide opportunities for all mission specialists to climb aboard one of our submersibles to experience what it is like inside the sub prior to joining the expedition.
The pilot uses an iXBlue PHINS Inertial Navigation System to vector the submersible to the wreck. Throughout each dive, we use a system of transponders to pinpoint the sub’s location – much like an underwater GPS system that displays the position of the sub on atop an image of the wreck or debris field. When navigating around the wreck, the pilot and crew use a multi-beam sonar system that can view objects as far away as 300 meters (984 feet) for obstacle recognition.