PADI Wreck Diver
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, a wreck allows a fascinating windows to the past. Due to this most divers find wrecked ships, aeroplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible. Wrecks are 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. You will learn to unlock the mysteries from these wrecks and start to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognises that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise. Furthermore, there are wreck sites dotted around the globe. This gives an almost an infinite supply of places to visit to indulge in this fascinating experience.
Why should I do this course?
This course allows you to learn the basics to safely explore wreck sites. By taking the PADI Wreck Diver course you will learn everything you need to expand your diving skills – this gives you the unique capabilities to include exploration of these amazing dive sites.
What will I do?
During the popular course will you gain experience to plan, organise and carry out four wreck dives. These four dives will give you the opportunity to apply the fundamentals learn from the theory, and apply to real life dives and wreck. Our Scuba Leeds PADI Instructor will guide you through the course and share their own passion and experience for wrecks.
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.
• How to avoid common hazards and risks.
• Surveying and mapping a wreck.
• How to safely use a spool to navigate inside a wreck, and how to follow a buddy’s previously-laid line.
• Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.
• How to research and learn the background of your favourite wrecks.
• Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations.
• Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
• How to communicate inside a wreck including the use and signalling of dive lights.
• Experience in planning, organising and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
What scuba gear will I 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 practising wreck penetration. Your PADI Instructor may suggest other gear appropriate for wreck diving in your area.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can enrol in the Wreck Diver Specialty course.
You will also be required to complete:
• PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document – Please ensure you are fit to dive by checking this form.
If you answer YES to any of the questions on the PADI Medical Statement, you will need to get a medical physician to sign the form to confirm fitness to dive prior to any in-water activities.
How do I start?
Get a PADI Wreck Diver Manual and Wreck Diving video from us when you enrol in the course. Read the manual and watch the video before meeting with your PADI Instructor to discuss the wrecks you’ll visit during your open water scuba dives.
What can I do next?
After this course you will find your own passion growing with each dive to a wreck. Further courses such as PADI Deep Diver or PADI Nitrox Diver will open up extended dives to the chance to visit deeper wrecks.