Whether it’s a ship sunken purposely to serve as an artificial reef for divers, or a ship sunk 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 something that others have lost. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures as long as you adhere to the practices responsible for wreck diving.
If you are at least 15 years old and have achieved your PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can participate in the Wreck Diver specialty course.
There are many different types of wrecks, some of which 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 to navigate and explore wrecks.
- Study and creation of maps of a wreck.
- Use of reels and penetration ropes to aid exploration.
- Techniques to avoid removing the sediment or damaging the wreck and disturbing its inhabitants.
- 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 a credit as an Adventure Immersion for your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Ask your instructor how to obtain the credit.
You will need your basic diving equipment, as well as a diving lantern to see inside the wreck, a slate and an underwater compass to make a map and for navigation, and a line and a reel to practice the penetration in wrecks. Your PADI Instructor or local dive center staff can recommend other suitable equipment for wreck diving in your area.
Get a PADI Wreck Diver Manual and Wreck Diving video at your PADI Dive Center and local Resort when you sign up for the course. 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.