PADI Wreck Diver Course

Wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Whether lost due to an accident or purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, wrecks have a unique appeal for sure. It is fascinating to explore ships, aeroplanes, and cars. They usually teem with aquatic life. A chance of discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying on something other divers have missed is offered by each wreck. If you also want to explore a wreck under the water, then first take this PADI Wreck Diver Speciality course as it will give you rewarding diving adventures while you are observing responsible wreck diving practices.

One can enrol in the Wreck Diver Specialty course if they have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher. Also, one should be at least 15 years old to pursue this program.

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Enrol for this course if you want to:

  • Explore inside wrecks
  • See fascinating artefacts
  • Learn special finning techniques

You will learn how to:

  • Survey a wreck
  • Use lines and reels
  • Avoid common problems

How to become a wreck diver?

There are different types of wrecks and while taking the PADI Wreck Diver course, you will be taught how you can explore various types of wrecks by investigating their layout, history, and hazards. You will also practise specialized wreck diving skills.

Independent study

PADI eLearning- One can complete the independent study part of this diving course as per their convenience. There will be study material on different types of wrecks and common wreck diving hazards. One can work at their own pace, online or offline, using a mobile device or a computer. Talk to the instructor for the actual training or whenever there is some doubt.

eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours

At the dive shop

With Your Instructor- During four dives with the PADI instructor, you will do the following:

  • Survey and map a wreck
  • Practice special finning techniques 
  • Use penetration lines

Prerequisites: PADI Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification)

Total time commitment: 2-3 days (dives must be completed over a minimum of 2 days)

Minimum age: 15 years or older 

Medical requirements

A minimum level of health and fitness is required for scuba diving. In case you are suffering from any chronic health condition, or taking certain medications and/or had surgery recently, you will have to get written approval from a physician before diving. In order to avoid any confusion, you can simply download and review the Diver Medical Form to make sure that you will not require approval from a physician to dive. You should not ask your instructor, dive master, or dive shop staff for medical advice as they are not physicians. Only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive if you do not have a minimum level of health and fitness. 

Prerequisites & Minimum Age

Minimum age: 15 years 

Course prerequisites: PADI Adventure Diver (or similar from another training organization)

Other costs & equipment

PADI Wreck Diver course comprises knowledge development as well as in-water training for certification. Only the knowledge development part is covered in the cost when you purchase PADI eLearning online. There is an additional cost involved in the certification with the PADI instructor. Your independent PADI professional will set the cost and it may vary depending on the class size, equipment, environment, boat fees, etc. You can contact Dive Andaman, a 5-star PADI center in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), for more information and pricing. Along with the scuba gear needed for the environment, you may also use the following during the course:

  • Dive lights
  • Slate and underwater compass for mapping and navigation
  • Line and reel (for practising wreck penetration)

Time commitment

PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours

Entire course: 2-3 days (dives must be completed over a minimum of 2 days)

Available languages

Spanish and English

You can contact your PADI dive center for information on other available languages. 

System requirements

The online courses of PADI work on the browsers listed below: Ensure that your browser is updated to have the best experience.

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Firefox

You can also study at a location that has no internet access. Just use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. You can download the content in small sections with a total file size of around 185 MB. You can upload your progress when you get back online. This will help you in resuming your training right where you left off. The app is available for Android as well as Apple iOS devices. Devices should not be more than three models old and updated with the latest Operating System (OS). 

Wreck diving in Havelock Island

The Andaman Islands is a great location for wreck diving. Havelock Island is especially well-known for that. There is a small and fascinating wreck at the MV Mars near Havelock Island. It is a small fishing boat that sank during a storm in the year 2006. It came on the sandy bottom just off the reef. The depth is 15 meters. 

After PADI Wreck Diver course

There is a possibility that your first dive of the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course may be considered for the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You should ask your instructor about earning credit. 

An Enriched Air Nitrox certification may help you in spending more time diving inside wrecks. On the other hand, you can learn to avoid ruining the visibility and making unnecessary wreck contact by taking the Peak Performance Buoyancy course. Continue taking these PADI speciality courses to become an elite master scuba diver. 

About Dive Andaman

If you are in the Andaman Islands and are willing to enrol in the Emergency First Response course, then trust none other than the best–Dive Andaman. Located in Havelock Island (officially known as Swaraj Dweep now), this 5-star PADI center is a renowned dive shop that offers all kinds of diving programs designed for beginners as well as experienced, along with recreational dives as well. 

Your first scuba diving experience has to be extra-special. There should not be any compromise made on that. Therefore, we will suggest you to book your diving slot with Dive Andaman, which is a 5-star PADI centre. Its certified experienced trainers will make sure that you have a memorable time under the water. Before actually going down the water, all the basic education regarding scuba diving will be imparted to you so that you can make the most of your experience. We can guarantee you that after your first dive, you are sure to think that just one dive is not enough; you would want to explore this natural wonder even more.

Happy diving!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. 1 : What is the PADI Wreck Diver course?

    In Andamans, the PADI Wreck Diver course is a great opportunity for divers to explore the underwater world of historic shipwrecks in the area. The course includes four open water dives, which are usually conducted over two days, and covers the necessary skills and techniques to safely navigate through a wreck. Participants will learn about the equipment needed for wreck diving, proper safety procedures, how to maintain buoyancy control in overhead environments, and how to plan a safe and enjoyable dive. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a PADI Wreck Diver certification card, allowing them to dive wrecks in open water environments around the world.

  • Q. 2 : What are the prerequisites for taking the PADI Wreck Diver course?
    To enroll in the PADI Wreck Diver course in Andaman, there are a few prerequisites that you must meet. Firstly, you must be at least 15 years old. Secondly, you need to have a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or an equivalent certification from another recognized diving organization. This is because the PADI Wreck Diver course builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in the Advanced Open Water course. Lastly, you must have logged at least 20 dives to ensure that you have sufficient diving experience and confidence to take on the challenges of the wreck diving environment.
  • Q. 3 : How long does the PADI Wreck Diver course take?
    In Andaman, the PADI Wreck Diver course takes 2-3 days to complete, depending on the dive center and instructor. The course includes four open-water dives, which are usually conducted over two days. During these dives, you will learn how to safely explore and navigate through shipwrecks, including equipment and safety procedures, buoyancy control, and dive planning. The course is designed to be both informative and practical, with plenty of hands-on experience to ensure that you are comfortable and confident diving wrecks. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a PADI Wreck Diver certification card, which will allow you to dive in wrecks in open water environments around the world.
  • Q. 4 : How much does the PADI Wreck Diver course cost?
    The cost of the PADI Wreck Diver course in Andamans is typically between INR 20,000 to 30,000. However, the exact cost may vary depending on factors such as the dive center and instructor you choose. It's important to research and compare different options to find the best course that fits your budget and meets your needs. Keep in mind that while the cost of the course is important, it's equally important to choose a reputable and experienced instructor who can provide you with the highest level of safety and quality instruction.
  • Q. 5 : What certification will I receive upon completion of the PADI Wreck Diver course?
    The PADI Wreck Diver certification card you receive upon completing the course in Andamans is internationally recognized and allows you to explore and dive wrecks in open water environments around the world. This certification signifies that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to plan and execute safe and responsible wreck dives, including proper techniques for navigating through tight spaces and avoiding potential hazards. It is a valuable certification for any diver looking to expand their diving experience and explore the fascinating world of underwater shipwrecks.
  • Q. 6 : What kind of equipment do I need for the PADI Wreck Diver course?
    The equipment required for the PADI Wreck Diver course is similar to what you would need for any scuba diving course, with a few additional items specific to wreck diving. You will need a mask, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive computer, and wetsuit. In addition to these, you will also need a dive light to see inside the wreck, and a wreck reel or line to safely explore the wreck and mark your path. These extra items are important for safely navigating through the potentially hazardous environment of a shipwreck. It is important to ensure that all equipment is well-maintained and in good working condition before beginning the course.
  • Q. 7 : Who will be my instructor for the PADI Wreck Diver course?
    Your PADI Wreck Diver course instructor in Andamans will be a highly qualified and experienced scuba diving professional. They will be a certified PADI instructor who has undergone extensive training and met strict standards set by PADI to teach the Wreck Diver course. PADI instructors are required to have a minimum of 100 logged dives and undergo rigorous training to ensure the highest level of safety and quality instruction. Your instructor will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and guidance to safely explore and navigate through shipwrecks while ensuring that you have an enjoyable and memorable diving experience.
  • Q. 8 : What are the benefits of taking the PADI Wreck Diver course?
    The Andaman Islands are home to many fascinating shipwrecks, making it an ideal location for the PADI Wreck Diver course. Taking this course in Andamans can provide you with the opportunity to explore these historical sites and discover the hidden treasures that lie within. Furthermore, the course will equip you with essential skills such as proper buoyancy control and dive planning, which can make you a safer and more confident diver. With these skills, you can enhance your diving experience and explore more challenging dive sites, ultimately leading to more fulfilling diving experiences.
  • Q. 9 : Are there any risks involved in wreck diving?
    In Andaman, wreck diving poses the same risks as it does in any other location. The underwater environment can be unpredictable, and there may be dangerous obstacles to navigate such as sharp metal edges and tight spaces. The limited visibility in some areas can also make it difficult to see potential hazards. However, with proper training and equipment, these risks can be mitigated. It is important to always follow safe diving practices and to only dive wrecks within your level of training and experience. With the right preparation and care, wreck diving in Andaman can be a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Q. 10 : Can I take the PADI Wreck Diver course even if I'm not interested in wreck diving?
    While the PADI Wreck Diver course is designed specifically for those who want to learn how to safely explore shipwrecks, the skills you learn in the course are applicable to all types of diving. Proper buoyancy control and dive planning are essential skills for any diver, and the PADI Wreck Diver course can help you develop these skills to become a safer and more confident diver.

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