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.
If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Advanced Diver certification or higher, you can enroll in the Wreck Diver Specialty course. And, although it’s not an formal requirement, we strongly recommend taking PADI Deep Diver Speciality first and have at least 20 logged dives.
What will 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 its inhabitants.
What scuba gear will you use?
You’ll need your basic scuba equipment, plus a dive light to see into the wreck (we can rent it to you), a slate and underwater compass for mapping and navigation, and a line and reel for practicing wreck penetration.
What will you do?
The PADI Wreck Diver course includes four open water dives on wrecks located along Arcadins Coast. You will start off with an orientation dive which involves mapping a wreck. You will also learn proper procedures for limited wreck penetration and line laying as well as the buoyancy techniques to avoid disturbing any silt. The course will also cover equipment used for wreck diving and the hazards/safety procedures of wreck diving. The dives are usually over two days and are conducted from a dive boat.
If for any reason (e.g. claustrophobia) you don’t want to go inside the wreck, you can finish this course skipping penetration. Just let us know beforehand.
How long will it take?
The PADI Wreck Diver Speciality course consist of an theory class followed by two days of diving, usually a weekend or two adjacent Sundays.
What’s included in the price?
- theory class
- 4 open water dives from a dive boat
- all necessary air, weights, lights, compass, reel line at your disposal.
Not included but available as an add-on purchase:
- 50% discounted scuba diving gear rent
- PADI Wreck Diver manual (recommended, English version only)
- sketching slates
This course counts towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver qualification!
When booked together with PADI Deep Diver Specialty course price for both is 600 USD. And we add a free scuba diving gear rental for both courses.