Wreck Diver Specialty

The attraction and allure of wreck diving is not easy to explain. Some wrecks are adorned with corals while others retain their original façade. Canada offers some of the best wreck dives in the world, from the purpose-sunk and coral-encrusted navy destroyers in British Columbia, to the fresh-water wrecks in the Great Lakes of Ontario, to the historic and coral-festooned WW2 shipwrecks in Newfoundland. Beyond our borders, most diving destinations in the world offer some kind of wreck diving.

Wreck diving, however, offers some unique challenges that you need to be aware of. Because wrecks offer natural harbour for fish, fishers and anglers are equally attracted to them, leaving behind nets and nearly invisible monofilament lines that can snare and entangle the unwary diver. And not all wrecks have the politeness to sink upright; many are at angles or even upside down, creating visual illusions that are potentially disorienting to the untrained diver. Last but not least, many wrecks offer the opportunity to explore their interiors, even though not all can be safely penetrated. With the PADI Wreck Diver specialty course, you’ll learn about these challenges and how to manage them.


Instructor fee: $300 (taxes, course materials, boat charter, and equipment extra)

What You’ll Learn

During the course, you’ll learn:

  • techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards
  • how to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks
  • wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
  • considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
  • experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

What You’ll Need


To start your PADI Wreck Diver specialty course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an Advanced Open Water Diver certification from PADI or equivelant from another recognized scuba diver training organization.
  • Be 15 years or older

In addition to your scuba equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator, tanks, weights, dive computer and exposure suit), you will also need a reel and a slate.

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