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're at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can enroll in the Wreck Diver Specialty course.


How to Become a Wreck Diver

Every wreck is different. During the PADI® Wreck Diver course, you’ll learn how to explore different types of wrecks by investigating their layout, history and hazards, and practice specialized wreck diving skills.

How to Gift PADI eLearning Courses

You can now purchase PADI eLearning® and share it with the scuba diving gift recipient of your choice – it’s super easy. Share the fun in 3 simple steps:



想分享经验或送一份无止境探险的礼物吗? 您可以立即购买 PADI eLearning®,并与您选择的收件人分享-这非常简单。 无论您是作为礼物购买课程还是需要将其分配给家庭成员,都非常简单。

  1. 一旦您购买了您的在线学习课程,登录到您的 PADI 账户访问课程。
  2. 在控制面板中,转到学生详细信息并管理您的课程。
  3. 然后你可以决定自己开始在线学习或“分享课程”。
  4. 要共享课程,只需单击 “共享课程”,然后输入您希望与之共享课程的收件人的电子邮件地址即可。
  5. 收件人将收到一封创建或登录其 PADI 账户以开始课程的电子邮件。

水肺潜水要求最低程度的健康和身体素质良好。 如果存在慢性健康不良状况,食用某些药物和/或近期手术可能需要你在潜水前获得医生的书面批准。

为避免失望,请下载并查看潜水员医疗健康调查表 Diver Medical From,以确保在注册水肺课程之前不需要获得医生的批准就能潜水。 教练,潜水长和潜店工作人员不是医师,不应征求他们的医疗意见; 只有医疗专业人员才能提供医疗许可以潜水。

如果你(或你的医生)对潜水的健康状况有疑问,请与Divers Alert Network(DAN)的专家联系。 


Minimum age: 15

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


You can complete this course locally or while travelling. 

Choose a dive shop close to home to:

  • Support your local diving community
  • Meet dive buddies in your local area
  • Learn about your local ecosystem

Choose a dive shop away from home if you:

  • Plan to travel to a dive destination on holiday
  • Like to meet new people when travelling
  • Have the time to complete your course while on vacation

This course requires both knowledge development and inwater training for certification. When you purchase PADI eLearning from our website, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only.

There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost is set by your independent PADI Professional and may be influenced by class size, environment, equipment, boat fees, etc. Contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information and pricing. 

In addition to scuba gear required for the environment, during this course you may use:

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

Other equipment appropriate for wreck diving in your area (ask your instructor).


PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours

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

English, Espanol, Português, اللغة العربية, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, 한국어, 日本語, 中文繁体, 中文简体, Русский язык, ไทย

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If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections with a total file size of approximately 185 MB. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off. 

The PADI Training app is available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).


The first dive of the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

An Enriched Air Nitrox certification can help you spend more time diving inside wrecks and the Peak Performance Buoyancy course can help you avoid ruining the visibility and making unnecessary wreck contact. Each PADI Specialty you complete gets you one step closer to becoming an elite Master Scuba Diver™.

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