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There are many types of dive sports, but scuba diving is one of the most popular not only because of the thrill it offers, but because of the untouched beauty of the underwater world. Unlike other styles of diving, where you will have to rely on air pumped from the surface or on breath hold, scuba divers carry a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus that is filled with breathing gas (compressed air), allowing them to breathe underwater. To navigate more efficiently under water, divers also use fins attached to the feet, although external propulsion may also be used in the form of a propulsion vehicle or a pulling sled on the surface of the water.

Scuba diving lets you explore rich marine life, view underwater wrecks and caves, fish, and explore underwater tourism. In North Carolina, alone, you will find many interesting scuba diving sites, and underwater wrecks to explore, including the following:

•   Atlantic Beach, Carteret- According to one of the best and most reliable extreme sport and activities portals on the web, this North Carolina beach is one of the most worthwhile destinations for scuba diving in the US, known for its deep diving spots where you will find stunning shipwrecks, tropical fishes, and artificial reefs.

•   Papoose Wreck- Papoose wreck is a historical wreck site dating back from the Second World War. This 435-foot tanker sits upside-down under water, featuring an entire world of marine life, from sand tiger sharks to other exotic underwater creatures. It sits 36 nautical miles from shore.

•   Aeolus- Another popular North Carolina wreck, this ship is known as a popular shark lounge, home to about a dozen sand tiger sharks, which avid divers go to see and swim with.

•   Atlas- Atlas is a 430-foot tanker that was sunk way back in 1942, as a result of a German U-boat attack. It features thick marine life, and some of the largest sand tiger sharks in the region.

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