Cyclops 1 FAQs

How deep can you go?

500 meters (1640 feet).

How many people can fit?

5 crew (pilot plus 4 crew).

How long are your dives?

Usually about three hours. Our longest dive is 8 hours and we have onboard life support for 5 people for 72 hours.

What do you use the sub for?

Underwater inspection, technology testing, scientific research, and film production.

Are submarines safe?

Absolutely. In the last 35 years, over 11 million people have dived in certified, non-military manned submersibles – all without a serious injury.

How do I get a ride?

OceanGate does not offer submarine rides. Every dive participant joins an expedition as an active member of the crew. Visiting crew members come from research institutions, private companies, government organizations, film companies and media outlets.

Can I charter the sub?

Yes. Contact us for details.

Do you get claustrophobia?

No. After over 250 dives in two subs we have not had anyone be claustrophobic.

How do you launch the sub?

We launch the submersible with our Launch and Retrieval System (LARS). We can also use a crane or an A-frame.

How big is the dome?

The viewing dome is about 3 inches thick, is 55” in diameter and has nearly a 180-degree view.

Is there a bathroom onboard?


What’s the sub made of?

The pressure hull is 1 inch thick steel. The viewing dome is acrylic. The fairing is fiberglass and it covers the support structure to help prevent entanglements and reduce drag.

How do you communicate with the surface?

The pilot uses an acoustic phone to talk to the surface throughout each dive.

How do you know where you are?

Our surface support team tracks the transponder on the submersible and communicates the position to the pilot.

How do you know where you are going?

The crew can ‘see’ objects up to 300 meters away with the 2D sonar.

How can I become a submersible pilot or join the crew?

Apply here.

Our Subs Are Used For:

Site Survey and Inspection 

Conduct continuous and extensive site surveys to inspect underwater infrastructure, wrecks or sensitive environmental habitats without resurfacing.

Research and Data Collection 

Collect research data in real-time with first-hand views, onboard collaboration and the flexibility to modify your mission profile while still on site.

Film and Media Production 

The ultimate stage to film the treasures of the deep in a highly adaptive vessel designed to illuminate the depths, capture vibrant images and document natural habitat.

Deep Sea Testing 

A unique underwater testing platform to conduct a wide array of experiments to test equipment or expedite sensitive research in deep ocean environments.