SS President Coolidge

Dive the SS President Coolidge for the wreck dive of a lifetime. As one of the largest, most accessible wrecks in the world, the President Coolidge is a wreck diver’s dream. To see the whole ship, you’ll want to do at least 10 dives but you can certainly get a feel for the majesty of the wreck on even a few dives.

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About the Coolidge

Coolidge Bow and Reef Dive

PENETRATION: NONE  |  MAX DEPTH: 25 METRES (85 FEET)

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Swim underneath and around the bow and port side of the ship looking at a variety of soft and hard corals as well as the marine life making their home on the wreck such as lion fish, trigger fish, nudibranch and the wreck’s resident green moray eel, Nessie.


Promenade Deck

PENETRATION: MILD  |  MAX DEPTH: 33 METRES (110 FEET)

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Swim along the promenade deck and see the ship’s massive 3″ gun, rifles, gas masks, troops toilets, helmets, ammunition and a US Army 1940s field cooker.


Cargo Holds 1 & 2

PENETRATION: MILD  |  MAX DEPTH: 36 METRES (120 FEET)

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Explore two of the cargo holds of the wreck. You’ll see heaps of military gear including howitzer cannons, a 10-wheel General Motors Corporation truck, jeeps, tracked vehicles, steering wheels and tires.


Cargo Holds Night Dive

PENETRATION: MILD  |  MAX DEPTH: 30 METRES (100 FEET)

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Enter the Cargo Holds of the wreck and be surrounded by a spectacular show of flashlight fish. A night dive you’ll never forget.


Medical Supplies

PENETRATION: MILD  |  MAX DEPTH: 33 METRES (110 FEET)

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Investigate the medical supplies area of the wreck where you’ll see syringes, bottles of medicines and powders, glass IV drip bottles, the doctor’s office, aircraft drop tanks and the barber shop with barber chair still intact.


Captain’s Bathroom

PENETRATION: MODERATE  |  MAX DEPTH: 39 METRES (130 FEET)

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Explore the captain’s bathroom and see some of his personal affects including talcum powder bottles, water jugs, and hairbrush. You’ll also visit the lobby of the ship to see the beautiful mosaic fountain and swim through first-class accommodations.


ABC Decks

PENETRATION: MODERATE  |  MAX DEPTH: 39 METRES (130 FEET)

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Swim through the accommodation sections of 3 decks of the ship. You’ll see various personal affects of the soldiers as well as rows of bathrooms and still intact ceiling light bulbs.


The “Lady”

PENETRATION: MODERATE  |  MAX DEPTH: 42 METRES (140 FEET)

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One of the most famous wreck dives in the world! Swim through the first class dining saloon and visit the ceramic figure of the lady and her unicorn. You’ll also swim through the first class lobby, library and continental lounge seeing the beautiful Italian mosaic fountain, porthole skylights and brass mushroom-shaped ceiling lights.


20mm Cannons

PENETRATION: NONE  |  MAX DEPTH: 42 METRES (140 FEET)

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Stay outside the wreck and explore the ship’s 20mm cannons and the ship’s port side promenade deck. You’ll investigate the crows nest and spot the ship’s spare anchor, fire extinguishers, typewriters and Wellington boots resting in the sand.


Doctor’s Office

PENETRATION: FULL  |  MAX DEPTH: 45 METRES (150 FEET)

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Rummage around the doctor’s office looking at syringes, sutures, vials of medicine, tin boxes, and first aid kits. Swim through crew accommodations.


Engine Room

PENETRATION: MODERATE  |  MAX DEPTH: 48 METRES (160 FEET)

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Explore the condenser, turbines, propeller shaft and gantry walkways before investigating the ship’s machine control room where you’ll get to see temperature and pressure gauges as well as read 4 of the ship’s telegraphs.


Soda Fountain

PENETRATION: FULL  |  MAX DEPTH: 54 METRES (180 FEET)

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Visit the soda fountain where you’ll see the bar, piles of glass coke bottles. You’ll also see some of the ship’s ammunition and anti-tank guns.


The Labyrinth

PENETRATION: FULL  |  MAX DEPTH: 55 METRES (175 FEET)

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Starting at 55 metres, you’ll twist and weave through some rarely explored areas of the ship. You’ll also get to see items just discovered on the Coolidge like microscopic slides, thermometers and a few other surprises.


Galley

PENETRATION: FULL  |  MAX DEPTH: 57 METRES (190 FEET)

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A fantastic dive exploring the galley of the ship. You’ll see food preparation tables, industrial size potato peelers and dough machines, the butcher shop as well as ovens, crockery and kettle drums.


Swimming Pool

PENETRATION: NONE  |  MAX DEPTH: 57 METRES (190 FEET)

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Swim in the mosaic-tiled first-class swimming pool and investigate the outside of the ship where you’ll see anti-aircraft guns and turrets, the ship’s two funnels, and porthole skylights.