Expeditions

Argus Expeditions conducts undersea expeditions to iconic shipwrecks, locations of classic sea battles, archaeological sites of significance, and diverse marine habitats around the globe.

These expeditions to explore the unique geology and biology of the world’s deepest oceans help expand our collective understanding of the ocean depths as we explore the 95% of the ocean that has yet to be discovered.

For these adventures, Argus Expeditions has secured exclusive access to the technologically advanced fleet of Cyclops-class manned submersibles operated by OceanGate, Inc. — a marine exploration company that has provided manned submersible services since 2009 and has performed dozens of expeditions in three oceans, including:

F6F Hellcat

The discovery of a sunken fighter aircraft near Miami, Florida.

CIA Diver Lockout Tower

The discovery of this cold war era relic used for covert operations training near Catalina Island.

3D Sonar Mapping

Creating 3D virtual models of shipwrecks like the AJ Goddard, a sternwheeler that sank in the Yukon Territory.

In addition to the exclusive relationship with OceanGate, alliances with content experts and leading research organizations allow visiting crew members to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with subject matter experts during each dive and at the surface, who inform, educate, and enhance the experience.

With seating in the submersible for five people (Pilot, content expert, and three Mission Specialists), Cyclops-class manned submersibles are ideally suited for these missions. Each expedition allows qualified Mission Specialists the opportunity to participate in meaningful scientific discovery and exploration of the deep ocean.

During each expedition, Mission Specialists support the team in meaningful ways that are suited to their individual interest, aptitude and experience. The ways that Mission Specialists may contribute to the expedition include:

  • Operating marine technology such as multi-beam sonar to document underwater structures and shipwrecks

  • Capturing photographs and video of undersea environments

  • Assisting with the preparation and operation of manned submersibles

  • Piloting a remotely operated vehicle from aboard a manned submersible to explore the interior of natural environments and manmade structures

  • Collecting and cataloging dive data from sources such as video, photography, sonar, and scientific instruments

  • Assisting with the operation of surface support vessels and equipment

  • Assisting with dive planning and briefing the crew on mission objectives

Prior to each expedition, visiting crew participate in an orientation and/or training session to learn the skills needed to perform their mission role(s). This training prepares each visiting crew member to support the expedition, and assures the Expedition Leader that each mission objective can be completed.

Argus Expeditions does not offer submarine rides. Each expedition participant joins the team to provide necessary support or skills to achieve the mission objectives.