Diving Into History

Maximising safe wreck diving techniques.
SDI Scuba Training Europe

SDI Wreck Diver

Wreck diving can be one of the most exciting aspects of sport diving, however every effort must be made to maximise 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.

Individuals who wish to know more about the wreck diving including:

  • Researching wrecks
  • Mapping wrecks
  • Proper use of lines while wreck diving
  • Exploring underwater history
  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 for limited penetration course with parental consent
  • Minimum age 10 with parental consent for a non-penetration course
  • Junior Open Water Divers may not participate in any penetration activities or dives deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
  • Divers must have a deep diver specialty certification or be able to provide proof of experience in order to dive deeper than 18 metres/60 feet in this course

The SDI Wreck Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Why wreck dive?
  • Surface supports
  • Buddy system
  • Buddy contact
  • Navigation/charting
  • Disorientation
  • Special equipment
  • Limited visibility diving
  • Life lines and reels
  • Special emergency procedures
  • Mapping the wreck

Upon successful completion of this course graduates may:

  • Dive wrecks that are similar to the type of wrecks they were exposed to during training
  • Plan and execute a wreck dive

Also, the SDI Wreck Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

Open Water Dive 1

  • Pre-dive review of dive computers
  • Plan dive
  • Test lights
  • Familiarisation with areas
  • Basic charting outside wreck
  • Usage of lines outside wreck, optional
  • Surface and log dive

Open Water Dive 2

  • Plan dive
  • Figure surface interval
  • Descend
  • Team complete mapping
  • Usage of lines outside wreck, optional
  • Surface and log dive

Open Water Dive 3

  • Plan dive
  • Descend
  • Usage of lines inside wreck, optional
  • Surface and log dive

Open Water Dive 4 (Optional)

  • Plan dive
  • Planned dive explained
  • Dive/explore as determined
  • Surface and log dive

Further information from SDI on this course;

Course Overview

Course Standards

Available as an Online Course;

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What’s included in the course fee?

  • Cylinders & Air fills
  • All supervision/training
  • eLearning when available

What’s not included in the course fee?

  • Additional manuals
  • Additional or remediation dives
  • Additional kit hire

View our current price list here.

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