Diving the Hermes Wreck Bermuda | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up! The Bird family heads to the blue water of
Bermuda for some wreck diving! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World. Bermuda. Known around the world for its gorgeous pink
sand beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s also one of the premiere luxury destinations
for North America. And it’s only a two hour flight from Boston! So, for February school vacation, the Bird
family is going on another diving adventure! I love this part! I don’t even have enough time to watch a
full movie before… “We’re in Bermuda!” Since Bermuda is so small, they don’t rent
cars to tourists. So we grab a cab to our condo. It’s a five minute ride from the airport
to the town of St. George’s. The next day we set out to explore the island
tourist style. Scootering is a Bermuda tradition and it’s
a super fun way to get around if you don’t need to carry too much stuff. The island is only 20 miles long but it has
a rich history stretching back to the 1500s when it was discovered by the Spanish. Today, Bermuda is a British overseas territory. And while many people think of Bermuda as
a Caribbean island, it’s actually 1,000 miles north of the Caribbean in the Atlantic. People told me not to come to Bermuda during
winter because it’s “too cold” but here I am in the middle of February and it’s
75 and sunny—pretty much perfect weather–so the family and I are going scuba diving. We head over to Blue Water Divers and meet
up with owner Chris Gauntlett. Hey Chris! Nice to meet you! Here’s the whole family. Christine, Liam and Elise! Inside the shop, we sign our waivers while
first mate Dylan Moulder fills some tanks and loads them on to the boat. We set up our gear before we leave the dock. Next a quick pre-dive safety briefing . Then,
we’re off. Because it’s the off season, we have the
boat to ourselves. As the morning clouds clear, it has become
a perfect day on the water for our 20 minute ride to the dive site. All the dive sites have permanent mooring
lines so nobody has to throw an anchor onto the reef. Chris gives us a dive briefing… Moved the wreck across the sand hole and wedged
it up into the reef. We’ll do a maximum time of 30 minutes or
500 PSI, whichever comes first. Right down to the sand, it’s about 72 feet
but the wreck is 60-40 feet. …and then its time to suit up. The water this time of year is only 68° Fahrenheit
which isn’t exactly tropical, but it’s a lot warmer than home. You know what’s cool? This wetsuit was your mother’s! But while this time of year has cooler water,
it also has the best visibility. We’re talking crystal clear. As we submerge, we can see the bottom 80 feet
down. Chris leads us over to the wreck of the Hermes. This small ship, originally built for the
U.S. Navy, was abandoned in Bermuda when she experienced engine trouble. The government of Bermuda donated the ship
for use as an artificial reef. It was sunk intentionally in the mid-1980s
and has become one of the most popular dives in Bermuda. This is perfect for the kids’ first wreck
dive. The deck is only 60 feet deep. We drop down to check out the cargo hold,
but it’s full of water! We do a good job of silting the place up! The superstructure is wide open and safe to
explore, so we can swim through. Chris has a surprise for everyone: the engine
room. I’m fascinated filming the generator, but
then I realize…hey they are leaving without me! This is a cool shot…until the lights don’t
fit! A hurricane pushed the ship right up against
the reef, where it’s now pretty solidly stuck. Swimming over the deck, we see machinery but
it’s hard to tell what it was. There’s a big capstan, used for hauling
up the anchor. And a long boom that was used for loading
cargo. It must be super smart because it’s covered
in brain….coral. Chris takes us on a tour around the nearby
reef so we can see the coral. Because Bermuda is at the very northern edge
of the tropical zone, only a few species of coral live here, but the ones that do seem
to be thriving. Due to the warm influence of the Gulf stream,
this is one of the northernmost coral reefs in the world. After a lap around the reef, we head back
to the wreck. But as we approach our no decompression limits,
it’s time to head back to a boat which is still afloat! On the safety decompression stop, the kids
battle it out with rock/paper/scissors to see who goes first. It’s a little bouncy getting back on the
boat. Woo hoo! Well, what did you guys think of your first
wreck? It was so cool! The afternoon winds have calmed and we have
a beautiful flat ride back to the shop. The tide has dropped a few feet since we left,
so it’s a good thing there are steps in the dock. The wreck of the Hermes is popular for a reason. This classic shipwreck is a great dive for
new or experienced divers alike. It’s not too deep, can be explored easily
and safely, and you can see the whole thing at once through the crystal clear water. Diving in Bermuda is a great way to experience
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100 thoughts on “Diving the Hermes Wreck Bermuda | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. I'm super in love with your channel. Awesome that your family gets to do these adventurous activities. Your videos are helping me get over my fear of deep water. Thanks!

  2. My teacher started watching your vids in class the scientific ones and I was so happy when I saw it was your channel

  3. I went to Bermuda for spring break, the water was cold and there were few fish. Also man of wars, lots and lots of man of wars.

  4. Hay johnathan is Peyton when I get certified for scuba. Maybe we can go in a shipwreck not just any shipwreck a pirate shipwreck if it’s ok with you. When I was 5 I want to dive in shipwrecks to find some treasure in the shipwreck but people said that I’m stupid and dumb to do that. But I didn’t listen to them so study scuba and deep sea divers. Sincerely your dive buddy Peyton.

  5. As an aspiring videographer and photographer myself, I was very impressed with the quality of the video as well as the production quality. Great vid as always and regards from California!

  6. Why ginnie springs cavern exploration has been removed from blueworldtv? Do you still have a file of it that you can reupload it?

  7. how did yow u get to know the brave wilder channel with coyote Peterson, because yours and his channels are my favorite channels in the world

  8. Hi, Can i still buy your book in the philippines? Does beneath the north atlantic still exist? Will it be shipped here to philippines?

  9. Hi there again, I love your videos best videos i have been ever seen in my life! Good that i think you have subscribed to me.

  10. I wish i can encounter all the creature in the ocean just like you jonathan, you video are the best underwater video i ever watch

  11. I just found out this channel and I think this is the best channel where you can learn so much about the ocean and at the same time having a lot of fun, thrill, and excitements.

  12. Just a quick question out of curiosity. If I grt a padi open water certification how deep am I allowed to dive?

  13. Thank you for the outstanding image quality. Love the content, as always 🙂 By the way, there is a wreck called the Giannoula K. sitting 500m off the coast of Rhodes if you're ever in the area!

  14. if its 75 degrees why do they all need coats/jackets. Great video though, this channel should have more subscribers

  15. Wow super crystal clear deep blue sea and a wonderful Bird's family. Super enjoy watching you guys. Keep safe always and God bless ?i really love your family ??

  16. I think that dive boat is the boat they use for legends of the deep when they were diving in the Bermuda triangle. The name of the boat is Modern Sinbad

  17. it just like titanic imagine if the titanic sink in the bermuda and allowed to check it amd see what does titanic looks like but my wished ddidnt come true

  18. You should explore the Oceanus which sunk in 1991 next to South Africa. Thanks. By the way, my name is Gabriel and I am from Madrid, Spain. I am 8 years old and I am such a big fan. You have to make a video in Mar Menor (Mediterranean Sea).

  19. Sir!! Your videos keep my anxiety away I love how thrilling your adventures are ❣️ just stay healthy to keep uploading more videos! Keep it up sir

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  21. Did Elise go first before at the safety decompression stop? I'm routing for her to go first as I see them playing rock paper scissors.

  22. Love the clear water. Wow. Almost like a spring. And nice to see some healthy coral for a change. But where are the fish?! Especially on the wreak. They are usually teeming with fish. I don’t think that I have ever dove a wreak w/o lots of fish, of all sizes. Really appreciate the Video. You do a wonderful job with them.

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