PADI Wreck Diver

The British Isles are steeped in a rich naval history. As a result there are literally thousands of wrecks littering the entire coastline. Probably the most common sort of diving undertaken in the UK and definately very popular abroad, wreck diving can offer something for everyone. Wreck diving is all about experiencing different dives. Some people do wreck diving for the curiosity, others looking at the history, some are looking a aquatic life on the wreck and others are into photography.... We always aim to conduct the Open Water dives for our Wreck Speciality Courses in the sea on real wrecks!!

Why PADI Wreck Diver ?

Whilst being incredibly popular, wreck diving (and certainly wreck penetration) requires skills, knowldge and techniques to ensure it is conducted safely. The PADI Wreck Speciality is designed to give you the necessary training and preparation to be able to dive world-class wrecks. The focus of the course is obviously on wreck diving.... however, over the course of the open water weekend, we aim to leave you with some skills, proceedures and techniques that you may want to consider applying to all aspects of your diving.... not exclusiveley when diving on wrecks.

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How do I book myself on a course?

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Course Comments...

Below are comments from previous customers who have taken this course. If you have taken this course with us within the past six months please feel free to post your comments.

"Thanks to Ian & Scott for another great Cardiff Scuba course, this time Wreck Diving.

Fab weekend diving with safety always being No.1 priority. Brilliant location at Fort Bovisand.

As my first time diving with Ian and Scott, I felt very safe with their knowledge and expertise with wreck diving & wreck penetration.

Thanks to all who made 'The team', Rachel, Russ, John, Andrea & Chris.

This was my 6th course with Cardiff Scuba, can't wait for my 7th.


From Paul Harris, course taken July 2009

"A big thanks to Ian & Scott for making the Wreck Diver course a great experience. With safety paramount, as always when diving with Cardiff Scuba.

Even though the weather conditions were not the best and the viz wasn't great, seeing the ships emerge from the depths was an amazing sight.

I feel much more confident and prepared to dive outside a wreck. After the wreck penetration of the Scylla I'm sure I silted out the whole ship.... sorry!!

Apologies if my snoring kept anyone awake, but I was only trying to compete with Kev (I didn't win either).

Thanks also to Paul, Russ, John, Andrea and Chris for making it a great team. Not forgetting Skipper Dave from Discovery Divers on Fort Bovisand for the assistance before, during & after the dives.

Cheers All.


From Rachel Evans, course taken July 2009

"The professionalism shown by Ian and the team throughout the course must be commended. The comprehensive instruction and support I recieved during the course sets the standard for others to follow. The instruction, information and techniques were presented from instructors that are masters of their subject, the dives were challenging, each stage built on the previous one and gave me a solid apreciation of how challenging and rewarding wreck diving is. The course culminated with a wreck penetration that showed me if it can go wrong it will go wrong, with a reel jamming followed by a total siltout (my fault) everything remained calm, I was safe in the knowlege that Ian was hovering close by to offer assistance if I needed it. Such was the confidence in the training I had recieved the only assistance required was to untangle the birdsnest of a reel back on the boat (sorry Ian). Overall it was an awsome weekend with a great team of students supported by a great team of professionals. Thanks
Andy H"

From Andy Hoseason, course taken September 2008

"Just returned from a weekend in Plymouth doing the Wreck Diver Speciality.
This course was quite an 'eye opener' - even if you never intend to actually go inside a wreck the things that you learn about hazzards and the skills needed just for exploring outside a wreck are invaluable.
The tuition was great, we had amazing weather, the group worked hard but had so much fun too - a really great weekend.
Thanks Ian, Richard and Mark.
Congratulations and thanks to Andy, Mark, Ian, Jason and Jen."

From Ceri Murphy, course taken September 2008

"This course is an excellent introduction to wreck diving and a must for those wishing to go down the wreck diving path.
I would however also recommend it to anyone diving in UK waters as at some point there's a very high chance that you'll end up doing a wreck dive, whether that's a side of diving you wanted to follow or not. Having an understanding of the possible hazards and safety guidelines to follow can only be a benefit to yourself.

The tuition and leadership from Ian is as always second to none and what with Richard and Chris there as well, the safety and welfare of the students is always highly maintained whilst making the course thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

Thanks to all the other lads on the course for making it a course and weekend to remember.


From Marc Bevan, course taken June 2008

"A demanding but extremely rewarding weekend and, as usual with Cardiff Scuba, first class training from Ian, Rich and Chris. Not only did I learn loads about wreck diving, but I also learned loads about diving more generally - and will be a better diver as a result - thanks guys!

Thanks to the rest of my 'classmates' too - it was really enjoyable diving with you."

From Alun Morgan, course taken June 2008

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Further information on PADI Wreck Diver (back to top)

What do I need to start?

PADI Wreck Diver Manual.

What will I do?

The course consists of one knowledge development (classroom) session, followed by four open water wreck dives. The course covers all of the following : The planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of wreck diving; The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels; Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures The course does cover wreck pentration and the laying of guidelines. However, this will be limited to 40 metres from the surface (vertical and horizontal distance)

How long will it take?

The theory sesson is conducted over the course of one evening (usually on a Friday). The four open water dives will then be held over the ocurse of on weekend. We will normally schedule the course so that it runs over three consecutive days - Friday evening until Sunday evening.

What previous experience do I need?

Anyone wishing to enrol on the Wreck Diver Course must be at least 15 years old, and be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or an equivalent qualification from another certifying organisation). Proof of experince of UK diving may be required.

What do the fees include?

All professional tuition All equipment required for the course (except SMB & Reel, Torch) Course Manual Insurance costs while on the course All registration fees with PADI upon completion

What don't fees include?

We always do our best to do the Open Water Dives in the sea on popuar wrecks. We will not cover any boat fees that may be incurred (typically £40 - £50 per person per day) Travel to and from dive site/boat SMB & Reel Primary Torch Airfills SMBs, Torches & reels are not included in course cost. We will offer anyone on the course a 10% discount on these items for the duration of the course.

What can I do once I'm qualified?

Explore!! There are so many wrecks out there - each one offering something different to the next. Ask in the shop about wreck diving trips we have organised.

What's next?

This course gives you the necessary skills for safe and enjoyable wreck diving. It also serves as a starting point for more advanced wreck diving courses. This Specialty certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for your Master Scuba Diver certification