Wreck Diver Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to

• be at least 15 years old
• hold the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment, along with reasonable buoyancy control. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives
• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)
• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty

from €238

Course Description

Wreck diving offers so many opportunities; from those sunk as an artificial reef, or those lost by accident or in time of war, and even the machinery and workings in a flooded quarry, all of these seem frozen in time beneath the surface, and provides us with both amazing and unforgettable diving. Wreck diving encompasses anything from the almost unrecognisable pieces of twisted metal from a long decayed ship, to the intact and instantly recognisable battleships that sit on the seabed. Although no two wrecks can be the same, there are procedures and techniques that can be used on any wreck you dive. Learn these in the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty, where over the course of two days and four dives, and combined with the PADI Wreck Diver manual, you can gain the knowledge and skills to get the most enjoyment from your wreck diving. 

Course Content

The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• Primary dive torch and backup torch
• Independent air source for dives three and four
• Wreck reel
• Wetnotes
• PADI Wreck Diver manual
• Certification upon successful completion

And remember that on the Wreck Diver course there will never be more than three students per course!

You can book this course from €238 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €334 (2 people sharing)

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Wreck Diver Specialty

The PADI Wreck Diver specialty comes with an informative and easy to understand manual. Within this manual you´ll get to look at -

Wreck Diver Specialty• The Appeal of Wreck Diving
• Wreck Diving and the Law
• Wreck Diving Hazards
• Wreck Diving Techniques
• Researching Underwater Wrecks
• Mapping Shipwrecks
• Wreck Penetration

Included within the manual are two Knowledge Development sections that you´ll need to complete, and are designed to help you better understand and retain the information.
With the knowledge development completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are four dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 12-20 mtrs

Wreck Diver SpecialtyAn easy introduction to wreck diving, we’ll use this dive to explore the wreck, and identify any hazards we see along the way. We’ll also have a poke-around, and by using our torches, see what animals we can find who make the wreck their home.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

Swim on the outside of a wreck, maintaining proper buoyancy control, and identifying and avoiding potential hazards
• Navigate on a wreck so that the ascent point can be located without surfacing, with the assistance of the instructor
• Maintain neutral buoyancy and body position that avoids the bottom.

Dive Two – depth 12-20 mtrs

Wreck Diver SpecialtyDiving on the same wreck as this morning we’ll start to prepare a map, highlighting interesting features and looking for possible entrances/exits for penetration. We’ll also look at how we maintain a sense of where we are on a wreck, and try to locate the exit route back to the shore or boat. Of course we’ll still have time to look around the wreck, and identify the aquatic life on it.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Swim along the outside of a wreck, in a buddy team, identifying and avoiding potential hazards
• With a buddy, map a wreck (or portion of a wreck), determining approximate size and marking points of interest
• Survey a wreck for a penetration dive and evaluate possible entrances
• Navigate on a wreck, returning to the ascent point without surfacing.

Dive Three – depth 12-20 mtrs

Wreck Diver SpecialtyFor this dive you’re going to practice laying a line around the outside the wreck, in anticipation for our dive into the wreck. We’ll look at how to use a ‘Wreck Reel’, how to fix the line as we move, correct procedures for maintaining contact with the line, and with each diver having the chance to act as leader and buddy. On this dive we’ll also carry our redundant/spare air, and practice switching. Time and gas permitting we’ll spend time exploring around the outside of the wreck.

Before entering the water we’ll practice the use of the reel, and also run through the operation of the redundant/spare air system.

With our equipment on we will complete our safety pre-dive check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water. We´ll complete these skills –

• Demonstrate the deployment and retrieval of a penetration line, for practice, on the outside of a wreck, while working in buddy teams
• Swim along the deployed penetration line so as to maintain contact with the line without kicking up silt and holding on to a dive light
• Navigate on a wreck so as to locate the ascent point without surfacing.

Dive Four – depth 12-20 mtrs

Wreck Diver SpecialtyTime to penetrate our wreck! Using the information from our notes, we’ll select an entry point, swim into the wreck, correctly lay the line as we go, and head towards our exit. Each diver will practice this, so we’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy and explore inside the wreck.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills -

• Plan and perform an actual wreck penetration under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor:
      o Determining air supply and penetration limits
      o Swimming without causing excessive silt disturbance
      o Maintaining contact with the line
      o Using a dive light while following a penetration line
• Navigate on a wreck so as to locate the ascent point without surfacing


What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? Some of the greatest wrecks lie in deeper water, so make sure you don’t miss out by taking the PADI Deep Diver specialty. Within this course you’ll get to learn about the equipment and procedures for diving deep, where you'll have chance to experience a dive up to 40 metres deep. If you want to maximise your time and enjoyment on the wreck, the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver specialty allows you extend your ‘No Stop Limits’, by increasing the oxygen content in your breathing gas, whereupon successful completion of the course you’ll be able to dive with up to 40% oxygen. As you’ll be able to do limited penetration of the wrecks, and will need a redundant air source, using the ‘twin set’ configuration that is used by technical divers can not only give you the required redundancy, but also increase your gas volume considerably. Learn these procedures and skills in the PADI Tec Basics course.

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