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PADI Wreck Diver Specialty

Look for lost treasures of time!

As you descend, you look below for your first glimpse. Your eyes instinctively sear for a pattern - something...anything..that looks like a ship. You near the bottom and suddenly, in a blink, the wreck materializes before you. Whether it be your first dive or hundredth dive on the ship, few moments in diving compare with descending on a wreck.

Wrecks fascinate many divers. You may find yourself curious about what is inside them, how and why they sank, or what they looked like before entering their underwater tomb. Some divers see wrecks as time capsules holding clues to mankind's past. Wrecks may interest you as tangible historical and archaeological resources that tell us something about who we once were, and what we once did.

In most underwater environments, a sunken ship quickly attracts aquatic life. A wreck slowly transforms into an artifical reef. In freshwater, fish will congregate at a wreck site - making it a great place to find those monster fish that fishermen can only dream of.

Learn what your responsibility as a diver is when diving wrecks, and the laws that apply to historical wrecks. Find out what can be touched, taken, and what harmful cargo you may possibly find at a wreck site.

The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course teaches the basic principles for fun, safe wreck diving. The course is designed for flexibility, so what you learn applies when diving on both very in-tact wrecks and those that have become little more than a pile of rubble. Stop in today and step into the past with PADI Wreck Diving.


In the classroom potion of the course, you will be exposed to a variety of subject matter related to wreck diving. Some of the lecture topics will include:

  • The appeal of Wreck Diving
  • Wreck Diving and the Law
  • Wreck Diving hazards
  • Wreck Diving techniques
  • Reaching underwater wrecks
  • Wreck penetration techniques

Open Water Dives

The open water dives give you a chance to apply what you have learned by studying the PADI Wreck Diver Manual and during your classroom session. Most of what is practiced in the open water dives involves pre-dive planning and activities.

Wreck Dive #1 and #2

  • Pre-Dive: Plan dive using RDP, evaluate conditions, discuss wreck-specific conditions
  • Dive: External navigation and mapping of the wreck
  • Post-Dive: Comments on wreck and student preformance; evaluations

Wreck Dive #3 and #4

  • Pre-Dive: Plan dive using RDP, evaluate conditions, discuss wreck-specific conditions
  • Dive: Penetration techniques
  • Post-Dive: Comments on wreck and student preformance; evaluations

Course Options

Courses are offered on a periodic basis as interest builds. To schedule a private class, please give us a call.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Students must have the following for class:

  • Students must be 15 years of age
  • Students must have a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent rating
  • Students must have all gear to include mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, regulator, and two dive lights (one primary, one backup)
  • PADI student folder on file
  • Diversions' Student Agreement on file
  • All knowledge reviews completed

Course Fees

Please contact us for the most current pricing.

Course Availability

Courses are offered on a regular basis and upon request. Please review our calendar and then contact us.

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