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                                                                                                      scuba in Winston Salem, NC 27104


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

Who this course is for:
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

Course prerequisites:

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

What you can expect to learn:

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

Why wreck dive?
Surface supports

Communications, when and if necessary
Back-up procedures

Buddy system
Buddy contact

Contact with varied visibility
Buddy lines
Line signals
Buddy positioning in close proximity


Usage of the slate
Larger than normal
Pre-dive marking
Pre-planning the dive using charts, other information
Directional determination


With/without buddy
Lost buddy
Light failure
Emergency procedures

Special equipment

Lights: primary and backup, size, burn time, and usage
Knifes and cutting devices

Limited visibility diving

Psychological considerations
Light usage
Importance of light and backup
Dark vision, don’t shine light in buddy’s eyes

Life lines and reels

Type of line
Directional markers
Line handling and reeling must be practiced on land prior to performing this skill underwater

Special emergency procedures

Safe Wreck
Hazardous or otherwise unsafe wrecks

Mapping the wreck

Vertical, horizontal, and feature identification

What’s in it for you?

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.

SDI Wreck Diver minimum requirements:

Open Water Dive 1

Pre-dive review of dive computers
Plan dive
Test lights
Familiarization 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
Team complete mapping
Usage of lines outside wreck, optional
Surface and log dive

Open Water Dive 3

Plan dive
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