PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course? Do you want to discover something new? Is it safe to dive inside a wreck?

Nothing quite matches the excitement of being a wreck diver. The attraction of diving on wrecks appeals to most divers, though for many different reasons, from the obvious attraction of exploring inside the wreck, to the fascination with its historical nature. Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows into the past. Ships, aircraft and even cars are exciting to explore and are usually shelters to masses of aquatic life. Each & every wreck dive offers a chance for discovery and mystery – maybe you might spot something others have missed? The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course is one of the most popular because it offers adventure and teaches you responsible and safe wreck diving practices.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course is that you will learn the thrill of safely penetrating a wreck to explore inside. Nothing quite beats the allure of diving within a wreck & once you have completed your training, you will have the skills & knowledge to do so.

What will you learn?

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. You’ll learn:

  • About safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks
  • How to determine air supply and penetration limits
  • How to survey and map out  a wreck
  • How to use penetration lines and reels to guide exploration
  • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants

What will you do?

You will organize and make at least four Open Water dives between 18–30 metres/60–100 feet under the close eye of your qualified  PADI Specialty Instructor.

  • Swim outside a wreck, identifying potential hazards
  • Survey & map the wreck, identify potential entry and exit points
  • Deploy and retrieve penetration lines on outside of the wreck
  • Actually penetrate a wreck using line & a dive light
  • Swim without causing silt disturbance
  • Navigate to locate the ascent point


  • Minimum age 15 years old
  • Adventure diver certification or higher

What will you get?

Apart from the satisfaction of knowing how to safely penetrate a wreck & get out again, you’ll also get:

  • PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite companion course to the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Many of the world’s great wreck sites sit below 30 metres /100 feet, and the Deep Specialty can take you down as far as the recreational diving limit of  40 metres/130 feet. This means you don’t have to be limited by your depth rating, and can take up new challenges of the deep. It’s a rare diver that hasn’t felt the urge to dive deeper, and this course will satisfy that natural curiosity.