The Dive Shop sits on a private tropical island in Second Life. It's 3D Diver Training’s base in Second Life and it's primary goal is diver education.
Offshore, the water drops dramatically to depths approaching 50 metres/165 feet and myriad dive sites, including coral reefs, cave systems, open ocean pinnacles, kelp forests and deep ocean vents, surround the island.
To explore them, you'll use a full set of realistically scripted scuba equipment complete with an EANx compatible dive computer simulator. This is included in the course fee.
Everyone who takes a course gets perpetual access with significant benefits afforded only to The Dive Shop Student and Staff group.
Second Life has lent itself well to scuba simulation from inception to today. It's a persistent immersive technology and due to a number of design factors, it makes an excellent scuba simulator. Content creators have developed accurately scripted and animated scuba equipment including dive computers and mixed gas systems. Creative builders and landscape designers create remarkably realistic and frequently surprising underwater environments.
The Fráoch Bán sits on a sandy bottom in 30 metres in the Shetland Isles. Thanks to Deep3D.co.uk and 3D Diver Training, an accurate scale model sits at the same depth on the same bottom at The Dive Shop in Second Life. There's an image and a bit of information about the wreck here, for the full story see the link below.
On 15 August 1999, the Fráoch Bán capsized off the coast of the Shetland Islands. She was fishing for sand eels, which were stowed on board in bulk. The arrangement of the pound boards in the hold did not limit the free surface sufficiently, and as a result the vessel capsized and foundered. The weather at the time was calm and it was daylight. The stability book of the vessel was not approved for the bulk stowage of fish.
The skipper radioed to the fishing vessel Sarah Joan for assistance. The crew abandoned the upturned hull and had to swim to the life raft, which had floated away because it had been stowed incorrectly. One of the crew became unconscious during the swim and needed to be hauled to the life raft; the other crew members successfully resuscitated him and he later made a full recovery.