Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.
- To be a minimum of 15 years old (with written guardian consent up to the age of 18 yrs)
- Minimum of Advanced Open Water diver (or equivalent)
WHAT YOU LEARN
There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks.
During four dives you’ll learn:
- Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks
- Surveying and mapping a wreck
- Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration
- Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and it's inhabitants
THE SCUBA GEAR YOU USE
In addition to your basic scuba equipment, you will also use a dive light, slate and underwater compass for mapping and navigation and a line and reel for practicing wreck penetration. While not a prerequisite, being on sidemount or a twinset would be beneficial for the extra gas carried and redundancy.
THE LEARNING MATERIALS YOU NEED
PADI Wreck Diver manual
YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
- Deep Diver
- Enriched Air Nitrox
- Self Reliant Diver
- Sidemount Diver