Wreck Diver

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.

The Prins Willem V
Wreck of the Prins Willem V

The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.

Wreck Diver Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Wreck Diver course you must:

  1. Be at least 15 years old
  2. Have a PADI Adventure Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, or equivalent

Wreck Diver Course Details

The Wreck Diver Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (4)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Monkey Reading his Wreck Diver Manual

1. Knowledge Development

The knowledge development phase starts with your independent study of the Wreck Diver manual, as well as the optional Wreck Diver video which complements and reinforces the manual.

Each chapter in the manual includes a knowledge review section to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Those knowledge reviews will be used to direct a classroom refresher session prior to completing the dives in open water.

Although there are a few options available, for most students AquaMunkee Scuba will cover the knowledge development section using the following approach:

1. Independent, Self-Paced Study at Home
2. Completion of All Knowledge Reviews in Your Manual
3. Classroom Session to Discuss Knowledge Reviews
4. Additional Explanation / Question-and-Answer Session

On average, the entire home study portion of the Knowledge Development phase can be completed in 1-2 weeks at a leisurely pace.

Exploring the Spiegel Grove

2. Open Water Dives

With your knowledge reviews completed, it's time to get hands-on learning in a real wreck diving environment like a Lake Michigan charter dive, or inland sites featuring wrecks like Pearl Lake or Lake Wazee.

During your open water dives you will learn and practice the following techniques:

  1. Techniques for safely exploring shipwrecks
  2. How to avoid common hazards
  3. How to research histories of your favorite wrecks
  4. Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
  5. Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
  6. Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
Reel & Penetration Line

Special Equipment

In order to be ready for your Wreck Diver experience, you will need the following additional diving equipment:

  1. Dive light
  2. Dive knife / shears
  3. Dive slate

Contact AquaMunkee to arrange for equipment rental if you do not have all of the necessary specialty gear required for your open water dives.

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your knowledge reviews and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and get your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as a PADI Wreck Diver.

Course Price Includes

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Wreck Diver Manual

Not Included / Additional Expenses (if applicable):

  1. Charter Boat Costs
  2. Tip for Charter Boat Crew (10-20% recommended)

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.