Frequently Asked Questions

The submersible can hold up to 5 people. Each dive roster will typically consist of a submersible pilot, three mission specialists, and one content expert.
A typical dive will last about 3 hours. Dive time may vary depending on specific mission objectives, environmental, logistical, or personnel considerations.
For a crew of 5, the standard life support is 8 hours. The submersible has emergency life support to sustain five people for 96 hours.
The viewport has a diameter of 55” – making it the largest viewport of any submersible capable of diving to these depths.
The missions are either 3 days or 1 day in duration.
During each dive mission, the crew consists of 3 mission specialists, CEIS content experts, OceanGate pilots and support crew, and support vessel crew, for a total of 9 to 12 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 for study. These experts from the Cape Eleuthera Institute include biologists, shark experts, teachers, and technical specialists.
To join the expedition, please submit an application request and our team will contact you with options for participating in the expedition.
Be at least 18 years of age when the mission begins, have a valid passport, be able to board small boats (Zodiacs) in rough seas, be comfortable in dynamic environments where plans and timetables may change, and be able to demonstrate basic balance and flexibility (i.e. climb a 6 foot ladder, carry 20 lbs., etc.).
A major supporter is someone who contributes at least $15,000 to help underwrite a 3-day mission, or $10,000 to help subsidize a 1-day mission.
  • One dive aboard the manned submersible.
  • Accommodations at the Cape Eleuthera Resort (3-day program only).
  • Meals as described in the mission itineraries.
  • Expert presentations during the mission and interpretation by content experts during the dive.
  • Mission Specialist training and coaching during the dive mission to actively support the expedition and dive operations team aboard the submersible and surface support vessels.
  • Expedition gear.
  • Expedition report detailing the discoveries made by the mission teams.
You will need to bring any required medications. In addition, a recommended packing list will be provided to all mission specialists in advance of the mission.
Mission Specialists will enjoy accommodations at the Cape Eleuthera Resort (3-day program only).
Prior to your dive, you may take part in Mission Specialist training that will qualify you to actively participate during the dive by assisting the submersible crew in one or more of the three supporting roles. Training and/or hands-on guidance from the crew is provided for all three support roles including:
  • Observation: Assist the pilot and scientists with identifying undersea objects, conducting species counts, and recording the team’s observations.
  • Photography: Operate the onboard cameras to capture video and still photographs of the wreck and habitat.
  • Communications and Navigation: Assist the pilot with sub-to-surface communications, submersible navigation, and sonar scanning.
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.
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.
Cyclops 1 can dive to a depth of 500 meters (1,640 feet). The depth for each dive will depend on specific mission objectives.
No. However, there are personal disposable toilet solutions available for emergency use.
Alcohol is available while onshore before or after the dive. Alcohol is not permitted aboard the submersible or surface support vessels. Non-prescription substances are strictly prohibited throughout the expedition.
Yes. The sub has emergency food and water to sustain five people for 96 hours. Depending on the planned dive length, 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 lack of bathroom facilities onboard the submersible.
During any dive, the internal temperature aboard the sub is often similar to the outside water temperature. For these dives, depending on depth, we would expect the internal temperature to be approximately 60 to 75 degrees F (15 to 24 degrees C).
After over 250 dives in two subs we have not had anyone be claustrophobic. For his expedition, we will provide an opportunity for all mission specialists to climb aboard the submersible to experience what it is like inside the sub prior to the dive.
The pilot uses an iXBlue PHINS Inertial Navigation System to track the sub’s location throughout each dive. This system operates like an underwater GPS system to pinpoint the location of the sub. When navigating, the pilot and crew also use multi-beam sonar equipment that can view objects as far away as 300 meters (984 feet).
Expedition fees will be refunded or credited to future Bahamas Deep Sea Survey mission 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.
  • 100% Refund for cancellation by Mission Specialist for any reason more than 90 days or more prior to the mission.
  • 0% Refund for cancellation by Mission Specialist for any reason less than 90 days prior to the mission.