PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course

Explore sunken pieces of history, hidden from the rest of the world...

Explore sunken pieces of history, hidden from the rest of the world, and discover their stories.

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef, or lost at sea, wrecks are windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore, and usually teeming with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or finding something others have missed.

On your PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course, you’ll learn more about the fascinating world of wreck diving, responsible wreck diving practices and wreck site protocols, and develop the skills and knowledge you need for fun, safe wreck diving adventures.

This is absolutely one of the coolest and most interesting PADI Specialty courses, and will possibly influence your choice of dive vacation locations forever.

The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course counts as one of the five Specialty courses towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

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Can I take this course?

To take this PADI Dive course, you need to be a minimum of:

  • 15 years old
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Divers

What will I learn?

The purpose of the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is a safe, supervised introduction to wreck diving.

Over 2 days and 4 dives, you’ll learn the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems, challenges, hazards and excitement of safe, fun wreck diving.

You’ll also learn about the preparation and use of special equipment, as well as new diving techniques and emergency procedures.

There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training includes guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks, which adds more excitement to each dive you make on one.

During your training 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.

What scuba gear will I use?

Besides the basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a dive computer, 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.

All the equipment you’ll need is provided during your PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course, and there’s plenty of choice in The Dive Bus shop if you’d like to get your own. You can be sure that your Dive Bus instructor will advise which equipment is right for you, not their wallet, as there’s no sales commission here.

What will I be qualified to do?

Already Advanced Open Water certified? Check out the rest of the heaps of PADI Specialty Dive courses to enjoy. Each PADI Specialty Diver certification moves you one step closer to earning the coveted status of PADI Master Scuba Diver: the highest rating for recreational scuba divers.

To become a PADI Master Scuba Diver, you’ll also need to take your Rescue Diver and Emergency First Responder courses. Save money when you take both courses with The Dive Bus…

How long does it take?

4 training dives over 2 days. If you completed your PADI Deep Adventure Dive within the last 12 months, you only need to complete 3 dives over 1.5 days.

When can I start learning?

Swing by The Dive Bus as soon as you get to sunny Curacao to pick up your PADI Deep Diver Specialty manual, and start learning!

If you can’t wait until you get to Curacao to get started, visit your local PADI dive shop back home to pick it up instead.

I'm in: What are my next steps?

Download PADI Medical Statement and Questionnaire and check out the Medical Statement to ensure you have no contra-indications for scuba diving and that you’re in reasonable physical health.

Everything clear? Do it: book your PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course with The Dive Bus now!

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