PADI Wreck Diver Specialty
Why PADI Wreck Diver?
There's nothing quite like
the thrill of diving a wreck for the first time.
Descending, you try to catch your first glimpse. At,
first you see nothing and then a hazy outline
appears. For a moment you're confused as your brain
tries to sort it out, then the wreck resolves into
clear view as you arrive upon it.
What do I need to start?
- Have a minimum certification as an Adventure
Diver (or qualifying certification, equivalent
to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, from another
- Be at least 15 years old
- For wreck diving beyond 18m PADI Deep Diver
certification is strongly recommended.
What will I do?
Over the four Open Water
dives you will learn how to maintain proper buoyancy
control while swimming on a wreck; how to navigate,
with a buddy, around the outside of the wreck while
identifying and avoiding potential. hazards. You
will learn how to map a wreck and determine its
On dive two you will
survey a wreck for a penetration dive and evaluate
possible entrances and exits. On dive three you will
practice line laying on the outside of the wreck and
learn how to safely follow the line back to your
exit point while using a torch and reel.
On dive four you
will either plan and perform a wreck penetration
under your instructor's direct supervision or you
and your buddy will organise, plan and conduct a
non-penetrating wreck dive from start to finish
How long will it take?
- Three hours (approximately) of classroom
presentations and discussions
- Minimum Open Water Training: 4 dives over
Where can I go from here?
The Wreck Diver Specialty
course counts as one of five Specialty courses
required for your Master Scuba Diver certification.