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:



想分享經驗或送一份無止境探險的禮物嗎? 您可以立即購買 PADI eLearning®,並與您選擇的收件人分享-這非常簡單。 無論您是作為禮物購買課程還是需要將其分配給家庭成員,都非常簡單。

  1. 一旦您購買了您的在線學習課程,登錄到您的 PADI 賬戶訪問課程。
  2. 在控制面板中,轉到學生詳細信息並管理您的課程。
  3. 您可以決定自己開始線上學習或“分享課程”。
  4. 要共享課程,只需單擊“共享課程”並輸入您希望與之共享課程的收件人的電子郵件地址。
  5. 收件人將收到一封電子郵件,用於創建或登錄其 PADI 帳戶以開始課程。

水肺潛水要求最低程度的健康和身體素質良好。 如果存在慢性健康不良狀況,食用某些藥物和/或近期手術可能需要你在潛水前獲得醫生的書面批准。

為避免失望,請下載並查看潛水員醫療健康調查表 Diver Medical From,以確保在註冊水肺課程之前不需要獲得醫生的批准就能潛水。 教練,潛水長和潛店工作人員不是醫師,不應徵求他們的醫療意見; 只有醫療專業人員才能提供醫療許可以潛水。

如果你(或你的醫生)對潛水的健康狀況有疑問,請與Divers Alert Network(DAN)的專家聯繫。


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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