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, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem 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 have answered yes to any of these questions above, then the Wreck Specialty Course is what you need.
For as long as there have been divers and shipwrecks, there have been wreck divers. There are so many diving opportunities on shipwrecks in the UK and beyond that divers are interested in shipwrecks for a variety of reasons such as;
Shipwrecks have always fascinated divers with their mystery. When a diver approaches a shipwreck there is a feeling of curiosity. How did it get there? What was it carrying? What men once lived and worked here?
Increasingly, the remains of sunken ships tell marine archaeologists about man's history. A wreck diver willing to research archives may find the history of a favourite shipwreck and add to it by sifting through clues on the wreck itself.
Shipwrecks quickly become artificial reefs (some ships are sunk intentionally for that reason). These wrecks attract new underwater life & provide new habitat. In many areas, shipwrecks are among the best places to observe aquatic life.
Thanks to their structures, the life that inhabits wrecks tends to attract photographers trying to catch the perfect shot
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. During four dives you’ll learn:
Adventure Diver (completed three PADI Adventure Dives), or Advanced Open Water Diver and be 15yrs or older