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Wreck Diving Specialty Course


Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re 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 including helping with the development and mastery of necessary fundamental skills, knowledge and SCUBA techniques associated with diving on wrecks and in their overhead environments.

The plan:

Join us for the beginning of your new and exciting adventure underwater. We will first conduct a theory workshop including the course registration and orientation session and knowledge development (theory) presentations. These presentations will guide you through the basics in maritime archaeology and responsible wreck diving techniques.

You will begin to delve into a practical workshop introducing you to the proper techniques of using reels and guideline underwater, useful in wreck diving and also in many other diving applications. In addition to the theory workshops, we will jump into the swimming pool to fine tune our buoyancy and workshop the correct techniques of trim (diver positioning) and propulsion techniques. This will prepare us for your open water training dives, scheduled shortly after; this is where you will demonstrate and reinforce the correct wreck diving techniques learnt in class, whilst exploring a number of South Australia’s premier shipwreck sites. During your final training and assessment dive we will complete a penetration into the internal structures of a wreck in a full overhead environment, under the direct supervision of your instructional team. The ultimate achievement in preparing you for your future wreck diving adventures.

You will learn:

  • Learn wreck dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards of wreck diving including emergency procedures
  • Considerations and techniques for entering wrecks
  • Practical training workshop developing fundamental buoyancy, trim and propulsion techniques in the comfort of the swimming pool
  • Complete 3 open water dives that teach you recognition of hidden dangers, wreck mapping, reel use and wreck penetration
  • Gain experience with wreck diving under the direct, professional guidance of a PADI instructor
  • Your PADI Wreck Diver certification will count towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

You will complete 2 knowledge development (theory) workshops, practical reel and guideline land drills, in water buoyancy, trim and propulsion techniques workshop and 4 open water training dives onboard our fleet of custom built dive boats.

Optional & fun additions:

Introduction to twin cylinder systems and stage/pony bottle use. Canister HID or LED Light. Underwater Scooter.

Equipment Requirements:

Full SCUBA, gloves, primary and back up lights, reel, u/w slate and SMB (safety marker buoy).


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from other organization). You must be at least 15 years.

Course Fee:

AUD$540.00. An AUD$200.00 deposit will secure your place on the course, with the balance due on at the course registration and orientation session. You will be provided with your PADI training materials, wreck diver specialty manual, wreck diving DVD, air fills, reel and guideline workshop, buoyancy skills workshop, 4 boat dives, instructor fees, facility fees, wall certificate and certification package.

*Please note that it is recommended that you purchase your own equipment at this level of training.