Wreck Diver

PADI Wreck Diving Specialty

You drift down and pass through a window into the past. As you near the bottom, a recognizable shape begins to form. First, you see a straight line, then a round window. Next, a ship materializes in front of you. As you look at the wreck, past and the present meet.

Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, whether a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile, the call of wrecks is nearly irresistible to divers.

Do you want to explore sunken ships, crashed planes and lost treasures beneath the surface?  Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course, you get the skills, knowledge and procedures you need to answer the call of wreck diving.

Our PADI Wreck Diver program is just what you’re looking for!  During your class you’ll go on four boat dives conducted over two days. Training will include; planning, organization, procedures, techniques, and hazards of wreck diving. The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels as well as limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures.


Covered in this Course:

  • Planning Wreck Dives

  • Procedures in Wreck Diving

  • Associated Problems, Hazards & Risk Factors

  • Deco Table Review

  • Safety Stops & Emergency Deco Procedures

  • Special Equipment, Descent Lines, Buoyancy Issues, using Wreck Reels

  • Overhead Environment Concerns & Special Considerations

Session One (Open-Water):

  • Dive Briefing

  • Paperwork

  • Short Lecture

  • Dives #1 & #2

Approx. Time: 10 Hrs


Session Two (Open-Water):

  • Dive Briefing

  • Dives #3 & #4

  • Review

  • Exam

Approx. Time: 10 Hrs

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.




Completion of the PADI Advanced Diver Class or equivalent.

(Minimum age 15 to Register)

The Following Equipment is Required for this Specialty Class:

  • Basic Gear (Purchased in OpenWater)
  • Full SCUBA Gear (Rental Available**)
    • Regulator System
    • B. C.
    • Tank
    • Wetsuit & Hood
    • Weight Belt

    Plus the Following needed for Search & Recovery Class:

    • Reel
    • Primary & Backup Lights
    • Redundant Air Supply – Full Pony Bottle System (13 cu. ft.) – Recommended (not required)

    Plus the Following needed for all Specialty Classes:

    • Dive Knife & Slate*
    • Compass*
    • Whistle*
    • Dive Bag for Boat Trips*
    • Safety Sausage*

*Note, this Equipment is Required at ALL Dive Shops and is not included in the Class.

**Full SCUBA Gear is available for Rental at a Package Rate of $60 for the Weekend


  • Attend Briefings and Complete Assignments.
  • Demonstrate Proficiency in Wreck Diving & Wreck Dive Planning
  • Pass Written Exam
Private – Boat Dives Program

WB01372_.gif (406 bytes)Our most Popular Specialty Program. The Specialty Boat Dives program incorporates about 15 hours of Instruction Customized to your Schedule with Four Supervised Dives to Complete your Specialty Certification.We recommend this Course to Students for Several Reasons:

  1. Wreck Diving is one of the most intriguing dives for Divers…it’s also dangerous without proper training.  We can help you be a Safe Wreck Diver!
  2. It will give divers the “thrill” of Penetration Dives under the Direct Supervision of an Instructor.
  3. It allows those with Difficult or Varying Work Schedules to take Specialty Classes.
  4. It gives your Group the ability to take a Private Specialty Class with just your Friends at acomparable Price to Standard “Pre-Scheduled” Courses at other shops
  5. This Course has the Most Varied Schedule Available because you set it!
  6. Smaller class sizes mean more Personalized Attention.

To View How to Build a Class Schedules See Below.

Classes Size of One up to Eight 

Your Course Fee Includes:

  • Customized Course Schedule
  • Tuition Fee
  • PADI Wreck Diver Manual
  • PADI Wreck Diver Video
  • PADI Specialty Certification Card.
  • (4) Boat Dives with Instructor
  • Catalina Island Boat Trip (Express)
  • Wreck Alley Boat Trip to the Yukon or Los Angeles Area Boat Trip to the Olympic & Palawan

To book your own “Private” Class please use the following Outline for time allocations:

  • Session #1 (Dives):  – You will need to Dedicate a Full Day. Our Boat Trips are scheduled a Year in Advance and can be Viewed Here. Session normally runs 6:30 am to 5 pm.
  • Session #2 (Dives) – You will need to Dedicate a Full Day. Our Boat Trips are scheduled a Year in Advance and can be Viewed Here. Session normally runs 6:30 am to 5 pm.

There are three options for the actual “Wreck Dives”:

  1. We can take the Catalina Express over to Avalon & Dive Casino Point Wrecks virtually any time.
  2. You can Dive the Yukon Wreck from the Lois Ann out of San Diego (Just look Here in our Activities Section for Dates diving the Yukon)
  3. You Can Dive the Palawan & Olympic Wrecks off Los Angeles aboard the Mr. C  (Just look Here in our Activities Section for Dates diving the Palawan & Olympic Wrecks)

If you need help or have any questions on how to schedule Your Specialty Class Please call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to walk you through it!

Note, Final Schedules will be determined jointly between Student (s) and Dive Shop based on Boat and Instructor Availability.