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Specialty Course

Wreck Diver

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life.



  • PADI Adventure Diver or qualifying certification from another organization or higher

  • Minimum age 15 years





We usually run any wreck diving courses abroad, most often in the Philippines, Subic Bay or Coron, where there are several explorable wrecks suitable for both recreational wreck diving and technical wreck penetration.


Please note that the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty does not require wreck penetration. The course standards allow limited penetration in the daylight zone to the maximum of 40m (depth + penetration distance). If properly entering wrecks is what you are looking for, please see Advanced Wreck Penetration.

Wreck diver inside a wreck

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty does not necessarily include wreck penetration. The standards allow limited penetration within the daylight zone to the maximum of 40 meters from the surface (depth plus penetration distance).


Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.


What 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.


During four 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.


During the course you'll do


  • Four (4) dives in open water (2 days)

  • Knowledge review


There is a video you can watch and a you'll get the PADI Wreck Diver manual. You'll need to complete the two Knowledge Reviews. A review session with your instructor is done at some point either between or after the dives, or as a separate session.

Fish in wreck

Wrecks often turn into artificial reefs over time and teem with fish.

How to sign up

Courses are arranged by request. There is no minimum number of participants.


Please contact us through the contact page or by email or phone. Our office will direct you to one of our instructors, so you can talk directly, ask questions and arrange a course schedule.

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