Exploring the Depths: PADI Wreck Diver Certification Course

If you’re an experienced diver with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore the fascinating world of underwater shipwrecks, the PADI Wreck Diver certification course is the perfect choice for you. This course provides divers with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely explore the many shipwrecks found in oceans, seas, and lakes around the world.

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What is Wreck Diving?

Wreck diving is a type of diving that involves exploring and diving around sunken ships, planes, and other structures that have come to rest on the bottom of the water. Wreck diving provides divers with a unique opportunity to explore the history and artifacts of these structures, and to experience the marine life that has made them their home.

What You Will Learn in the PADI Wreck Diver Course

The PADI Wreck Diver course is designed to teach divers the necessary skills and techniques for safe and enjoyable wreck diving. Some of the topics covered in the course include:

  • Planning, organization, and procedures for wreck diving
  • Wreck diving equipment, including lights and reels
  • Techniques for buoyancy control, communication, and navigation in a wreck environment including finning techniques that are also useful on any dive
  • Potential hazards and emergency procedures specific to wreck diving
  • How to identify and survey wrecks
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PADI Wreck Diver Course Requirements

To enroll in the PADI Wreck Diver course, you must:

What to Expect During the Course

The PADI Wreck Diver course consists of both classroom and in-water training. During the classroom sessions, you will learn about the equipment, techniques, and procedures for wreck diving. You will also watch videos, take quizzes, and participate in discussions.

During the in-water training sessions, you will practice the skills and techniques learned in the classroom under the guidance of a PADI-certified instructor. In total, the course consists of 4 dives over at least 2 days. You will learn how to safely enter and exit a wreck, use a reel and line for navigation, and maintain proper buoyancy control in a confined space.

The classroom or eLearning time effort lies between 2 and 4 hours. The entire course takes 2 to 3 days with your local dive center.

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What other courses are useful for wreck diving?

It’s always recommended to get the Advanced Open Water certification. Wreck diving (the outside of a wreck) could be one of the specialty dives for this certification. Additionally, Nitrox diving is a great addition to expand on your bottom time when exploring a deeper wreck.

After making the next step in exploring confined places, why not add the Cavern Diver specialty to your repertoire?

Maybe not that useful, but definitely fun, is the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle course.


The PADI Wreck Diver course is an exciting and challenging way for recreational divers to explore the depths and discover the fascinating history and artifacts of underwater shipwrecks and other vessels. By enrolling in this course, you will learn the skills and techniques necessary for safe and enjoyable wreck diving, and you will gain the confidence to explore these amazing underwater environments.

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