Specialty Certification: Wreck Diver

Wreck diving can be one of the most exciting aspects of sport diving. Ships, airplanes, and many other wreck sites are a fascinating opportunity for exploration and are usually teeming with awuatic life. However every effort must be made to maximize safe diving techniques. The SDI Wreck Diver Course will discuss the equipment and techniques commonly employed while wreck diving. This course may be taught as a non-penetration, 2 dives required, or as a limited-penetration course, requiring 3 dives. Limited-penetration is defined as a swim through or within the ambient light of entry point.

Course Prerequisites

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 for non-penetration course with parental consent, 15 for limited penetration course with parental consent.
  • Junior Open Water Divers may ot particiopate in any penetration activities or dives deeper than 60 feet.
  • Divers must have a deep diver specialty of be able to provide prrof of experience in order to dive deeper than 60 feet in this course.

What can I expect to learn?

Wreck diving is fascinating and exciting, but it may also present hazards for which the diver needs to be prepared in order to execute the dive safely. In this class consideration will be given to:

  • Surface supports
  • Buddy system / contact
  • Navigation
  • Disorientation hazards
  • Special Equipment
  • Limited Visibility
  • Lines and Reel

Equipment needed

You’ll need your basic scuba equipment, plus a dive light to see into the wreck, a slate and underwater compass for mapping and navigation, and a line and reel for practicing wreck navigation. Your KY Diver instructor may suggest other gear appropriate for wreck diving in your area.

How do I take this course?

  • Contact us at KY Diver and we will get you started with on-line learning and schedule an optional Nitrox training dive.
  • Course Cost: $200 for the non-penetration course, $300 for the limited penetration course. Additional costs dependent on dive destination.