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.
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.
How can you start learning now?
Visit GLDL/LSS to enroll in the course and get a PADI Wreck Diver Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you meet with your instructor.
What scuba gear will you use?
You’ll need your basic scuba equipment, plus a dive light to see into the wreck, a slate and underwater compass for mapping and navigation, and a line and reel for practicing wreck penetration.
Take the Next Step
The traditional course consists of one classroom session and four dives. Dives are coordinated based on the schedule of the divers. Typically, over two weekends.
Traditional Course & Open Water Dives: $198.19**
** – Equipment Rental Fees, if necessary, and boat charter fees are additional. Course fees include all materials, taxes, classroom, and instructor dive time.
*** – Private courses, Referral courses, and Refresher courses are available!