Wreck diving


Whether it’s a shipwrecked on purpose to serve as an artificial reef for divers, or a shipwrecked as a result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Boats, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and are usually full of aquatic life.

Each dive in a wreck offers an opportunity to discover, possibly decipher a mystery or spy on something that others have lost. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is very popular because it offers rewarding adventures as long as you follow the responsible wreck diving practices.

If you are at least 16 years old and have achieved your PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can participate in the Wreck Diver specialty course.

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Why be a Wreck Diving Specialist?

There are many different types of wrecks. Some wrecks are protected by laws that preserve their historical and cultural importance. Your training begins by reviewing the guidelines for exploring and respecting wrecks. During four dives, you will learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Study and map a wreck.
  • Use of reels and penetration lines to aid exploration.
  • Techniques to avoid removing sediment or damaging the wreck and disturbing its inhabitants.
  • 4 dives.

You can get academic credits for the Wreck Diving course, ask your instructor.

In addition, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course can serve as an Adventure Dive credit for your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Ask your instructor how to get the credit.

You’ll need your basic diving equipment, plus a dive light to see inside the wreck, a blackboard and an underwater compass for mapping and navigation, and a cape and reel to practice wreck penetration. Your PADI Instructor or dive center staff can recommend other equipment suitable for wreck diving in your area.

Get a PADI Wreck Diver Manual and Wreck Diving video at our dive center when you sign up for the course. You can also register online and we will send it to your home. Read the manual and watch the video before meeting with your PADI Instructor to discuss the wrecks you will visit during your open water dives.


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