PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course

PADI Wreck Diver Course During the PADI Wreck Diver course, you will make four open water dives, each with a purpose to help you be more confident when making future wreck dives. You will learn such techniques as navigating on a wreck, mapping wrecks, how to use lines for penetration, actual wreck penetration techniques, anti-silting procedures, proper equipment for wreck diving, and where to find more historical information on various shipwrecks.

This course is one of most popular at our facility, since the area around our location (Lake Michigan and Lake Superior) offer some of the best preserved and oldest shipwrecks to be found anywhere. They are all at various depths, so even beginning wreck divers will find dive sites well within their limitations. Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent, 20 logged dives if not a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, and PADI Deep Diver certification is strongly recommended. Be sure to check out our Dive Adventure Travel and Lake Michigan Charters sections for more information on our wreck diving trips.

From the PADI Wreck Diver Instructor Guide:

Course Philosophy and Goals
"Diving through 9 metres/30 feet, then 12 metres/40 feet, 15 metres/50 feet, and finally 18 metres/60 feet of silty azure blue salt water, you see her lying there like a wounded bird, one of her wings fractured and one of her engines gone. Did enemy fighters blow away her engine? Was its loss plunge her from the tropical sky more than 40 years ago?"

"She was a B-25, an Allied workhorse of World War II in the Pacific. You don't have to stretch your imagination too far to see her in her original state, ready to fight again. Her crumpled nose houses two machine guns - still stacked with bullets - now covered with hard coral, algae, and crimson red gorgonians. The cockpit escape hatch sits open, slid back as it had been on that fateful day in 1943. It was clear to see that the pilot had cleverly ditched his bomber in a narrow shallow strait between Wongat Island and mainland New Guinea. Did the crew swim to the island? Did Japanese forces capture them? How old were these men? Twenty? Twenty-one?"

wreck diving"You watch as parrotfish dine on a coral incrusted machine-gun barrel. Two angelfish casually glide through the bomb bay doors while translucent shrimp dance their way over the rusty face of the altimeter gauge."

"Diving on wrecks appeals to most divers, though for many different reasons. You may find yourself attracted to the challenge of exploring the wreck, or a fascination with its historical nature. Underwater photographers love wrecks for their picture potential, while those interested in nature like the fact that wrecks quickly become artificial reefs. Wrecks are typically ships, but can include railroad cars, aircraft and automobiles. In these, you'll find wreck sites range from those open to novice to those only accessible by the most experienced technical divers. Whether your first or your hundredth dive on a wreck, few moments in diving compare with descending on the past. Keep that thought, the philosophy of this course is to focus on fun, safe wreck diving. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying wreck diving. Student divers will develop the techniques involved in wreck diving within recreational limits and while avoiding disturbing delicate marine life."

"The best way to learn wreck diving procedures and to apply them is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, expands student diver knowledge about wreck diving law, hazards to avoid, how to research wrecks, wreck diving equipment, the basics of penetrating a wreck and how to interact responsibly with the aquatic life they'll see while wreck diving. Student divers will apply the knowledge they gain by reading the PADI Wreck Diver Manual and watching the companion video on at least four open water dives practicing and demonstrating the practical aspects of wreck diving."