Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving. The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries, and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door that likely caused the vessel’s demise.
At least 15 years of age
Advanced Open Water Diver
Classroom Sessions: 1
Required Dives: 4*
Materials and Books: $35 – $75
Other Costs: Rental gear and air fills if required
Required Forms (Please download and fill out all information and bring to class)
Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf)
Required Student Materials
PADI Wreck Diver Manual
PADI Wreck Diving Video
Slate with pencil
What You Learn
Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks Wreck diving equipment considerations Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks within the natural light zone Experience in planning, organizing, and making wreck dives Using reels/lines to guide exploration of wrecks Finning techniques to avoid disturbing silt
One classroom session is conducted to discuss the knowledge reviews. In this classroom session, air management and planning will be discussed in depth. Risks on and around wrecks and emergency procedures are also reviewed. A line handling practical application will be conducted in the classroom.
The open water portion of the class is conducted over two days. Two dives are conducted each day.
* Given our location, travel is required to conduct this course. Sea 2 Sea has regularly scheduled trips to San Diego’s Wreck Alley. This is the most common location for the course to be conducted, but arrangements can be made for other locations.