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PADI WRECK Diver Speciality COURSE

PADI Wreck Diver

Who should take this course?

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, aeroplanes and even cars are interesting to explore and are usually covered with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can join a Wreck Diver Specialty course.


“Absolutely chuffed with how this weekend has gone, I’m filled with absolute gratitude towards you and Robin for sharing your knowledge with me and giving me such first-class tuition. Thank you so much!” 


Open Water & Dry Suit Diver Student


There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. You will conduct knowledge development sessions whilst reviewing your Wreck Diver manual and you will have plenty of chance to practice line laying skills on dry land before giving it a go in the water. During four wreck dives you will learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
  • Propulsion techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.
Where is the course held?

We can use inland dive sites to complete the Wreck Diver Speciality, however diving in the sea here in the UK makes for a brilliant course. Locations such as Portland, Swanage or Plymouth have excellent wreck dives for you to take your course, or if you fancy somewhere warmer why not enquire about taking your course on the wrecks around Malta & Gozo?

What scuba kit will you use?

You’ll need your basic scuba equipment, plus a dive torch to see into the wreck, a slate and underwater compass for mapping and navigation, and a line and reel for practicing wreck penetration. If you are unsure if your equipment set up is suitable for wreck diving please contact us and we can discuss this with you and make recommendations for you to consider before, during and after the course.

Hidden Depths Scuba School run two weekly pool dives around Bristol, primarily for scuba training, but also open to club members

Want to Join The dive Club?

How to join

Our dive club membership runs annually and is renewed every January.

To sign up for the dive club all you need to do is submit a Club Membership form along with your club membership fee of £45.

Updates are sent out through email, and you will have access to our members-only Facebook group which is ideal for arranging dives with other club members.